Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. Despite suffering significant economic loss which spawns a culture of grim survival, a growing number of communities are beginning to break free of the past in an unexpected comeback. In just the past few years, our team has had the privilege of working alongside over 600 of them, wrestling through the unique challenges and opportunities in their 151 communities. Each community is different.

The Startup Community Way

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My friend Brad Feld has updated his excellent book on startup ecosystems called Startup Communities. The updated and expanded book is called The Startup Community Way and it is available for pre-order on Amazon. This suggests to me that we will see tech entrepreneurship and innovation move even more broadly around the US and around the world this decade and The Startup Community Way can be a playbook for how to make that happen.

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Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

The event was an opportunity for communities supported by the growing entrepreneurial network to connect in an intimate setting to celebrate five years of growth and to collaborate on a vision for the next five years and beyond. Since its early work with creative entrepreneurs beginning in 2008 and relaunch as a scalable program and brand in 2013, CO.STARTERS has equipped more than 630 leaders across 190+ communities, impacting more than 10,000 starters.

Building Community Immunity

Co Starters

How do we continue our mission of supporting business starters and growing communities in the face of catastrophic circumstances? How do we support each other when the word “community” itself feels like a threat? How do we support each other when the word “community” itself feels like a threat? How are you strengthening your community through crisis? CO.STARTERS exists to make it easier for communities to better support their entrepreneurs.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

When Community Works

GAN

At GAN, we often bring our global community of accelerators together in person in order to build relationships, share insights, and to not only work through challenges with their peers but to share their wins as a group. Unlike our community of accelerators, we’d never met these leaders. The post When Community Works appeared first on GAN. Proven Methods community gathering retreats startup studios studios

Community Leader Spotlight: Kristopher Riley

TechStars

Seeing the support of the community and other like-minded people caused me to look back at my days starting Hype, and wonder what that would have been with a support system like the one I saw at Techstars Startup Weekend. Learning about the history of the organization, the global support system, and just the raw love of community gave me a new purpose and a great opportunity to give back. Startup Weekend community leader spotlightTell us a little about yourself. Who are you?

Entrepreneurs and Economic Developers Both Want to Make a Difference in their Community. Here are Practical Ways they Can Improve their Collaboration.

Co Starters

The nature of the field often requires them to balance competing local political priorities in their quest to attract new employers and new jobs to their community. They create economic opportunities for their community by taking risk.

Meet a Community Leader: Greg Monterrosa, Los Angeles, CA

TechStars

Four years ago some friends and I organized the first Techstars Startup Weekend event in our community, the Conejo Valley (North Los Angeles). While I was away, Cal Lutheran University Center for Entrepreneurship—where we hosted our Techstars Startup Weekend—contacted me to help them bring their space to life and open its doors to community members, and Hub101 was born. Historically, people have used funding as a metric, but our community is a bit different. Who are you?

“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron

TechStars

These are both ventures that solve social problems—the founder of SeeSpray was concerned about the pesticides being sprayed on a neighboring orchard when her kids were playing outside, and CLOser tackles affordable housing and sustainable co-housing communities—and both, as Pascale notes, have “all female founders!” . Asia Community Voices Diversity Startup Weekend community leader spotlight new zealand Startup Women women entrepreneurs Women Founders

Startup Community to Local Corporations—Hey, I’m Over Here!

TechStars

Great startup communities have meaningful connections from every actor in the ecosystem. The problem with the corporation–startup community connection, or lack thereof, is that the value for each actor is many times not obvious. Every reasonably-sized startup community has formal and informal networking events. Community Voices Startup Week Startup Weekend Stronger Together corporations Startup startup community

This YLAI Fellow is influencing sustainable behavior in his Dominican Republic community

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Green Depot , based in the Dominican Republic, aims to make the planet, and his community members, more eco-conscious. At Green Depot, we manufacture biodegradable tableware, using naturally fallen palm leaf, collected by the local community. By Jewelle Saunders.

ESHIP Communities

Forward Cities

The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them. The program supports the creation and evaluation of a repeatable, bottom-up approach to building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems. Home Slider

Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

Startup Catalyst

The second Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA took place from 11-18 March 2018, with 20 participants taking part, including 14 from 11 different regional towns in Queensland, 3 from Brisbane, one from Sydney, one from Adelaide, and one from New York (assisting the Beach City film crew). It also has a robust sense of community, and is a leading example of how robust startup communities can be built in regional areas. 2018 Startup Community

Investing In Distressed Communities. Opportunity Zones

Smart Hustle Magazine

Basically, this is the government's response to helping disadvantaged communities, but Scott helps explain to us why we should care and why it's important. From a high level overview, Opportunity Zones are those communities in America that have a lower median income and have a higher poverty rate. These are considered vulnerable communities, or distressed communities. . The council brings these to the distressed communities to create impact.

Funding Friday: The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation Relief Fund

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

So for today’s funding friday, I am encouraging everyone to do what I did this morning – make a donation to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Relief Fund. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that when this is all over, I can’t wait to go to my favorite restaurants and enjoy their hospitality and food. If they are able to re-open. While many industries are facing difficult times in this crisis, the restaurant and hospitality industry is particularly hard hit.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Chef Esra England

Forward Cities

More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. A: I hope to see more development and opportunities for those from under-resourced communities in order to best serve the people. How has that impacted the community?

A New Network for Startup Community Builders

Ecosystem Builder Hub

There’s a new community network emerging to help entrepreneurial ecosystem builders connect, learn, and grow— Startup Communities: The community for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. Startup Communities: The community for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to connect, learn, and grow. Members of the community can subscribe to a wide range of of topics to follow and contribute to, including: Complex Systems (a key theme in their new book).

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Edgar Galicia

Forward Cities

More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Edgar is one of the founding members of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City. Challenging myself to give more, and not just take, led to me generating balance in my life, my family, and my community.

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities

TechStars

Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities. Marc is the Co-founder of Startup Weekend, the former CEO of UP Global before it was acquired by Techstars, and Techstars Chief Community Officer after the acquisition. You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company.

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community

GAN

A Strong Community. ” “Without community, this would all be a lonely road.” The post Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community appeared first on GAN. We just finished the first leg of the GAN Momentum Tour in Pittsburgh.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Dr. Ebony Edwards

Forward Cities

More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. She is a member of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City. A: When I moved back to Kansas City from undergrad and grad school (Atlanta and Chicago), I craved the community I felt I had in those places.

Putting Microlending into Practice: A Community Case Study

Co Starters

Here’s how one community organization works to bridge the awareness and availability gap for small business starters that need funding. • • •. The Revolving Loan Program , created in partnership with the Welch Group Foundation and Venture South, a local community development financial institution, makes small traditional loans. Accion is a nationwide, nonprofit lending network of community development financial institutions (CDFI) that make microloans. By Rich Bailey.

HPA Welcomes New Marketing & Community Manager

Hyde Park Angels

The firm welcomes Cate LeSourd as HPA’s new Marketing & Community Manager to focus on driving and strengthening the HPA brand. In this role, Cate will invest in HPA’s internal and external communities by managing investor and partner relationships; spearheading all of HPA’s internal and external communications; and developing programming, education, and engagement initiatives. . The post HPA Welcomes New Marketing & Community Manager appeared first on HPA.

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community

GAN

Bahrain’s startup community is pleased to have the GAN Momentum Tour taking place in Manama, Bahrain! Being part of the GAN Community, we are thrilled and proud to be one of the hosts of the Manama Momentum Tour. We believe that the tour will add considerable value in bringing together the region’s startup community and key players to learn, share, engage, network and collaborate with each other.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Gerald Smith

Forward Cities

More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. Gerald and his wife Dianna co-founded Plexpod, a coworking space where they champion entrepreneurs and the power of community to achieve success. ESHIP Communities

Clearing a Path Toward Equity Through Entrepreneurship

Co Starters

By partnering with two collaborative national networks, community builders in New Kensington, PA were able to provide more equitable entrepreneurship opportunities for local residents. New Kensington, and many rust belt communities like it, make for prime locations for economic renaissance.

The Glue that Makes a Community Stick

This is going to be BIG.

Cheaper rents could make it a great place for the creative community and there''s no reason why it shouldn''t become as popular a destination for out of town events the same way that Austin has. What was harder to figure out how to do--and something no one ever really thinks about on the economic development side, is community. Community isn''t just something you create by setting up a place to have coffee or to work. Personal communities like that are not built overnight.

Uncover the Innovation Community: Activate Ecosystem Growth

UBI Global

The post Uncover the Innovation Community: Activate Ecosystem Growth appeared first on UBI Global. Understanding the Innovation Landscape Innovation is a key focus for businesses looking to stay competitive. Many corporations hunt for new ways to gain an edge. Many have also noticed that there are lots of exciting actors in their local (and even wider) innovation ecosystem. It seems like every time they turn around, there are more […].

Introducing Circulate: Creating Better Networks for Future Founders from Black and Other Underrepresented Communities

This is going to be BIG.

To that end, my goal was to make the firm the most accessible VC fund in New York—showing up across diverse communities, getting rid of barriers to access like requirements for warm intros, and being conscious of which patterns of success I believe in and which only serve to reinforce certain power dynamics. Brooklyn Bridge Ventures will support these professionals with our event and community-building experience.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Dan Smith

Forward Cities

More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here. My family and community invested so much into me, I have always felt the need to repay the investment. How has that impacted the community?

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

This is going to be BIG.

I'll bet you don't know where the Center of NY's Tech Community and Center of Creativity is. In fact, it is "well-known internationally as the original home of New York's technology community.". What you had with 55 Broad was a case of trying to thrust a building into the community without necessarily seeding and connecting the community to the building. VCs and fulltime angels bring a lot more than just money to the communities they invest in.

Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia

Co Starters

Local ventures pitch their ideas to community members, who vote for their favorites. The post Community Spotlight: Wheeling Heritage // Wheeling, Virginia appeared first on CO.STARTERS®. Community Spotlight FeaturesHalf a century ago, Wheeling, West Virginia was a hub of entrepreneurship, innovation and manufacturing. As time passed, however, the city became a labor town, a workforce supplier for many industries that continued to build the city.

No Community, No Co-working

GCUC

Beyond the sleek minimalist office aesthetics and controversial Wall Street valuations, real estate vendors cannot ignore community within co-working spaces if they want to see their co-working establishments flourish. One that combines a community-driven focus. Community

Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities???with $15 million to?

Both Sides of the Table

Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities?—?with It’s clear things have changed for good and the need for managing remote communities of employees, customers and partners has become ever more important. In marketing materials founders often refer to their customer base as a “community”, but there’s a huge gap between having customers and creating a community. they are communities and tribes. this is classic community management.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. I believe the next 20 years will be an excited time of regeneration for Cincinnati and many more progressive communities across the country. It really only needs a few community leaders to kick things off and land a community on a map.

Creating a community and brand beyond the product

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Wrapping up this three-part series on entrepreneur David Dávila, the YLAI Network gains insight to how David establishes a community and brand for his coffee company showcasing the rich history of Haiti and Nicaragua, by highlighting the talented producers and artists on the ground and by engaging with his customers through a variety of new and traditional platforms. The post Creating a community and brand beyond the product appeared first on Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.