How mayors can lead the way for entrepreneurial ecosystem building

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Learn how two mayors have spearheaded entrepreneurial ecosystem development in their communities. Supporting entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses is key to economic mobility, opportunity and growth.

Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo


Buffalo, NY — January 31, 2019 — Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and 43North , New York State’s startup competition that invests $5 million annually to attract and cultivate startups in Buffalo, NY, are partnering on a multi-year program to further develop and scale the Western New York entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, Techstars announces the formal launch of the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program.


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Beyond Resource Directories: What it Takes to Build a Flourishing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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When it comes to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, a collaborative and supportive network is worth more than a listing of organizations in a directory – a lot more

What makes a successful and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Part 2)

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The essence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is its people and the culture of trust and collaboration that allows them to interact successfully. An ecosystem that allows for the fast flow of talent, information, and resources helps entrepreneurs quickly find what they need at each stage of growth. – Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook Draft 3.0 Successful and Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Insights: Insider Tips for Building Relationships with Foundations

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Read these tips from foundation leaders on how entrepreneurship ecosystem builders can develop relationships with foundations that invest in community economic development. Best Practices

The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Ian Hathaway

After three eventful years , I’m excited to say that my new book— The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem , with Brad Feld —is officially available to the public today!

What Is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Really?

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Who Makes Up an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Defining the Role of Ecosystem Player.

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Breaking down who the stakeholders are in a community's entrepreneurial ecosystem

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth


A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. Entrepreneurial culture is changing. A new type of entrepreneurial culture is springing up everywhere. Some communities experience something incredible—a seemingly instantaneous explosion of community engagement, entrepreneurial activity, and resulting economic growth—while others struggle. Features Resource ecosystem building ecosystem growth entrepreneurial ecosystems startup communities

Now Is the Time for Racial Equity in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Last week’s Forward Cities conference in Pittsburgh highlighted the need for equity and inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The post Now Is the Time for Racial Equity in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem appeared first on Forward Cities. By Kaliah Ligon, Forward Cities Local Director – Indianapolis, IN.

Dutch startup hub Utrecht emerges from Amsterdam’s shadow


While Amsterdam garners the lion’s share of attention in the Netherlands tech ecosystem, the not-so-far-away region around Utrecht has its fair share of tech startups and investors, as is evidenced by our latest survey of locals, below. Area ecosystem wranglers such as StartupUtrecht, UtrechtInc, Holland Startup, Utrecht Community and others bring startups, scaleups, corporates, angels, VCs, local government, banks and universities together to build the local startup ecosystem.

Techstars Partners With Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Turin, Italy 


TECHSTARS PARTNERS WITH COMPAGNIA DI SAN PAOLO, FONDAZIONE CRT AND INTESA SANPAOLO INNOVATION CENTER TO GROW ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM IN TURIN, ITALY. Techstars is joining Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center in their recently announced three-year commitment to the development of Turin as an international ecosystem for innovation and establishment as a successful innovation model throughout Italy and Europe.

Protected: Solution Stories: The Bold Experiment of the Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

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Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems

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Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. This report , primarily written for Anchors interested in expanding their contributions to their local small business ecosystems and community stakeholders eager to engage in this conversation, spotlights the different paths that Anchor across the country have chartered.

Inclusive Capacity-Building in Action

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Forward Cities is a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem development. The CEA Snapshot served as a catalyst for insightful conversations throughout the 3 days that lead to new relationships and exchange of ideas and tools to create a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Recap Story capacity-building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Inclusion

how a faculty grant transformed an academic career

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For Aileen Huang-Saad, teaching biomedical engineering (BME) through experiential learning has had a transformative impact on her students, and the university’s educational practices and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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


Entrepreneurs and economic developers can increase their engagement with (or help build) a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurial ecosystems come in all shapes and sizes. The most successful ecosystems have significant collaboration between both.

Women entrepreneurs find success despite lack of access to investment capital

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As we foster the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, it’s important to design them to level the playing field for women. The future is inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Forging Forward

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An original podcast about the collaborative work of entrepreneurial ecosystem building for more equitable and resilient economies. From the minds at Forward Cities. Home Slider

Spade Work: How Early Stage Board Directors Add Value

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Over the past few years, there has been much talk about the importance of investing both financial and human capital into the rapidly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem. From our perspective, human capital is as important as financial capital in driving the long term success of startup companies. So how do we go about the job of applying human capital to foster this success

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Join the International Celebration of Makers, Innovators and Job Creators November 8-14

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and abroad with entrepreneurship at the forefront, it’s more important than ever to rethink and reboot as one global ecosystem to support a more sustainable and equitable world. Four distinct themes guide activities throughout the week: ecosystems, education, inclusion and policy.

ESHIP Communities

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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.

Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building: Meet the Voices Championing “Universal Support”


We are proud to sponsor this edition of “ Unsung Heroes ,” a series spotlighting people who are growing the field of ecosystem building. Read the full series at Ecosystem Builder Hub. There is a better way, and many of us know it—entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

How to Build an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Community

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While creating a diverse ecosystem that supports diverse entrepreneurs is emerging as an important economic development strategy, many communities struggle with how to create an environment that truly fosters inclusivity.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Christina Theodoraki

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To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An Ecosystem builder is someone that observes or is capable to identify a problem as a system and contributes or provides a solution in a holistic manner. These are persons who discreetly or loudly contribute to build a vibrant ecosystem. (I

Our Economy is Moving from the Industrial Age to the Connected Age. Here is What that Really Means.


The “Elements of an Ecosystem” in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook will help guide your Connected Age economic development strategy by prioritizing support of: Entrepreneurs who aspire to start and grow new businesses, and the people who support entrepreneurs.

Goals in Action: A Look Inside March’s Quarterly Conversation

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Participants were asked to define the biggest gap in their entrepreneurial ecosystem, define their objectives and then jot down six things that would move them closer to their goal.

SourceLink + The IEDC: New Certification Program Uniting Economic Developers and Entrepreneurs

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The last two years have witnessed a boom in entrepreneurial activity like never before. The genesis for the development of the certification came from this recognized gap for economic development practitioners and grassroots ecosystem builders alike.

If You are an Economic Developer or Ecosystem Builder, What will Your First 100 Days Look Like?


As we face the long road of recovery from the crisis of today, every economic developer and entrepreneurial ecosystem developer faces a choice: When the elections are over, what will your next 100 days look like?

June Webinar Announcement | CO.STARTERS + Launchbox

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Join Forward Cities , CO.STARTERS , and The Corner Launchbox to explore how New Kensington, PA is an emerging corridor of innovation working to build a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem by creating alignment among public, private, and nonprofit partners.

SourceLink + National League of Cities – Impacting Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities

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SourceLink®, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are pleased to announce the results of recent efforts to advance entrepreneurial development in Kankakee and Belvidere, Illinois. Entrepreneurial ecosystem expertise.

New Resources from National Partners


CO.STARTERS is in a unique position, supporting starters with tools for launching, supporting grassroots leaders all over the country and around the world with curated resources and tools to build better community support systems for starters, and collaborating with national partners to encourage ecosystem building. Main Street America: The Importance of Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.

Niama El Bassunie’s Mission to Unlock Trade in Africa


Earlier this year, we partnered with Magnitt, one of the premier players in the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem, to come out with a State of MENA Startups 2019¹. It is within 500’s DNA to invest in talented founders, no matter whether they are situated in Silicon Valley or on the other side of the world.

Practical Metrics and Methods: ESHIP Goal 5 – Part 2

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Practical Metrics and Methods (Academic Edition): Identify and develop better metrics and methods for ecosystem building. In a nutshell : There are many metrics and methods in use in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, but they are not all widely adopted.

Enlist collaborators. Everyone is invited. Fireside Chat 3

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Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Rick’s approach to recruiting mentors is the epitome of the third principle for effective ecosystem building: Enlist collaborators.

Celebrating Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development this Economic Development Week

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Details and signup are available here: The Importance of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems - Building a Supportive Entrepreneur Environment in Your Community.