Here’s what’s new in the world of entrepreneurial ecosystem building for the week of April 19, 2021.


Rebooting the American Dream: Challenge Grants for Emerging Innovation Ecosystems

In a new proposal for the Day One Project, Scott Resnick explains how a national challenge-grant program can stimulate the economy by accelerating startup creation, developing talent, and creating 21,000 jobs in underserved communities.

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Telling Your Community’s Authentic Story

In a March session Startup Space hosted for its Community of Practice with ecosystems builders featured Anika Horn’s Five Steps to Telling Your Community’s Authentic Story.

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Two Words Determine Mindset for New Startup Community Builders: Active v. Controlled

TechStars’ Chris Heivly offers advice for newly minted government or quasi-government leaders who have spent their career inside large institutions that are new to the startup community game.

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Economic Growth through Ecosystem Building with Andy Stoll

Andy Stoll is responsible for implementing and managing the ecosystem development strategy for the Kauffman Foundation. Andy discusses the early steps a community leader can take to further develop their startup ecosystem.



Hastings’ Startup Scene with Dave Rippe

Dave Rippe has been an economic development leader in the Hastings, Nebraska community for well over a decade. His work has allowed for a community of 25,000 to become a regional hub for new businesses and young talent.




Introduction to Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development

This course focuses on building an understanding of the importance of building a community centered around entrepreneurship and small business creation, sustainability and growth.

Dates: April 20-21

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InBIA Annual Conference

For 35 years, InBIA’s annual conference – the International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI) – has been the primary venue for incubation and other entrepreneurial support professionals to share best practices, proven strategies, effective tools and relevant insights with an audience of peers.

Dates: April 26 – 30

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RuralRISE Summit 2021

Mark your calendars for the 2021 RuralRISE Summit in Emporia, Kansas!

Dates: September 20 – 21

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Assess Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Getting Started with Forward Cities’ E3 Scorecard

Get exclusive access to a tool that measures the health and equity of your local entrepreneurial ecosystem! Join Forward Cities as we share insights into how our E3 Scorecard is used to support communities in their efforts to build more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Date: Apr 28, 2:00 PM ET