Insights from the Field

Cultivating a Practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ecosystem Building Programs
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Cultivating a Practice of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ecosystem Building Programs

Cultivating a culture and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become a core principle for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. As part of the Insights from the Field campaign, I wanted to hear from other ecosystem builders in the field about their approaches to DEI, and hopefully identify specific techniques that they’ve incorporated in their […]

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Raising Awareness about Entrepreneurship as an Economic Development Strategy
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Raising Awareness about Entrepreneurship as an Economic Development Strategy

“Communities seeking to grow their economy need to understand the impact entrepreneurship and small business play in economic growth.” — Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship-based Economic Development for Local Communities, Dell Gines, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Ecosystem builders know that entrepreneurship and startups are critical for a healthy economy. But in too many communities […]

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avoiding burnout
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Avoiding Burnout and Staying Motivated

How ecosystem builders stay motivated and avoid burning out. Ecosystem building work is often thankless, tiring, and even demoralizing at times. How do ecosystem builders stay motivated to keep doing the work? What specific practices do ecosystem builders use for self-care, to keep going, and avoid burning out? This was the question I put to […]

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Startup Community Engagement During Covid

Insights from the Field: Experienced ecosystem builders share their insights and experience. Much of what we do as startup community builders requires in-person interactions through workshops, meetups, and other events. But the Covid pandemic pushed the big pause button on in-person events that are the beating heart of many startup communities. Peter Cimino in Buffalo […]

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mindset
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The Mindset, Traits, and Skills of an Ecosystem Builder

Experienced ecosystem builders share their insights and experience. Facilitating connections, resilience, inclusivity, altruism, empathy — these are a few of the key values, and traits most esteemed by ecosystem builders. Ecosystem building is still a very young professional field with no standard definition for what it is. But, if you talk to enough ecosystem builders […]

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Call for Ecosystem Builders
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Call for Ecosystem Builders – Ecosystem Building Insights from the Field Campaign

Do you have insights about ecosystem building that you’d like to share and contribute with other ecosystem builders? Want to participate in a campaign to collect and publish those insights from the field? I’m looking for experienced ecosystem builders to take part in a campaign to collect and publish your insights and experience. Participants will […]

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