Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! In recognition and celebration of the day, I want to reshare a couple of my favorite articles on inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. Also this week, how have ecosystem builders been helping the startups in their cities during Covid-19? What does a new Presidential Administration and new Congress mean for entrepreneurship and innovation policy? Find out this and more in this week’s digest of ecosystem building news.

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Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems In Communities of Color

This framework from Dell Gines and Rodney Sampson is essential reading for ecosystem builders committed to building more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Ecosystem Healing: Call to Action for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Field

In recognition and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wanted to reshare one of my favorite articles on inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. Ecosystem Healer and newly appointed CEO of Forward Cities Fay Horwitt shares wise insights on the trauma that society is experiencing.

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Rise of the Rest Ecosystem Playbook

A Pandemic Playbook for 2021. Rise Of Rest’s latest Ecosystem Playbook looks at how cities are helping startups access funding, critical tools and services, and founder support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We Need More Entrepreneurs, Part 2

Center for American Entrepreneurship president John Dearie joined Carey Ransom on the Operate Podcast for a discussion on what the incoming Biden administration and congress could mean for innovation and entrepreneurship policy, the dire need for more entrepreneurs in our country, and how his work at the Center for American Entrepreneurship is bringing this awareness to our lawmakers in Washington, DC, and how he’s creating energy and opportunity for communities around the country to join in the effort as well.


How One Small Business Helped Thousands of Businesses Survive Covid

Startup.info highlights CO.STARTERS founder Enoch Elwell and their mission to help small businesses and communities, especially throughout the pandemic.

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Global Collaboration For Ecosystem Development

Startup Commons is launching a global “collaborative ecosystem development project” that is collaboratively developing and deploying an ecosystem mapping application as a shared project.

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A Global Perspective on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building

A candid conversation with Forward Cities CEO Fay Horwitt and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Regional Chapter Manager, East Africa, Khatuchi Khasandi on the similarities and differences in approaches to building supports for healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems, regardless of geography.

Date: Jan 21, 2021 11:00 AM EST

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Impact Solopreneurs

Calling all self-employed ecosystem builders! Anika Horn is hosting a global meetup for solopreneurs with a heart for social change.

Date: Jan 26, 11 a.m. EST

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InBIA’s Advance Leadership Summit

Date: January 27, 2021

Get insights on how communities can foster innovation-driven startup activity and what the future might hold for entrepreneurship, investment, and economic recovery. Featuring a fireside chat with author Brad Feld.

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Social Venturers Masterclass: Rooted in Purpose

Never get stomped on again. Uncover what drives you and lead with your values.

Date: February 5, 2021, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST

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