Happy President’s Day ecosystem builders! I hope you all are taking advantage of the holiday and getting some down time to relax and refresh — something that too many of us do too little of. In fact, if you’re reading this on Monday, I suggest closing your computer and taking the day off. Then come back tomorrow and find out what’s going on in the world of entrepreneurial ecosystem building.


The Impact of Entrepreneurship on Economic Development

We need to educate citizens, economic developers, and civic leaders on the importance and impact of entrepreneurial activity. We need messaging that we can all share to educate on the power and impact of entrepreneurship and innovation on economic development. I started collecting little shareable facts with citations that ecosystem builders can use and share via social media to help make the case for entrepreneurship and ecosystem building as an economic development strategy.

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Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs matter for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The UN’s SDGs guru & head of UNCTAD, Chantal Line Carpentier, shared a deep dive on this recently in Norris Krueger’s new ecosystems class.



Ecosystem Builder Profile: Dell Gines

Anika Horn interviewed Dell Gines about the essence of economic development and ecosystem building.

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Developing North Dakota’s New Business Community with John Machacek

Mug.news’ Ecosystem Builder Podcast this week featured John Machacek, an Ecosystem Builder from Fargo, North Dakota. He joined the podcast to discuss his work that allows startups to foster business growth within the state of North Dakota. John is the Chief Innovation Officer at the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation.

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National Eship Week 2021 – Libraries as Entrepreneurship Engines 

Libraries support entrepreneurs, ideation, small businesses, and side gigs every day in communities across the country. EveryLibrary is proud to be the lead library organization coordinating and promoting National Entrepreneurship Week 2021 this February 13 – 20. Join EveryLibrary for great e-ship webinars throughout the week and take the Buy Local Policy Pledge to build the local economy.

Date: February 13 – 20

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National Entrepreneurship Week

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally-chartered initiative founded in 2006 that takes place the third week of February annually. There are a wide range of events happening during the week.

Date: February 13 – 20

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Inclusive Programming and Culture to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs

Ensuring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to the resources and support they need to succeed is a significant part of having a thriving and innovative economy. This panel discussion will explore best practices in fostering inclusivity and specific efforts to increase entrepreneurial opportunities and resources for people of color. Find out how to identify target communities, initiate effective outreach, establish tailored programs, and continue inclusive momentum for entrepreneurship centers.

Date: Feb 16, 3:00 PM EST



A Modern Technology Stack For Startup Ecosystem Orchestration

Ecosystem fragmentation and related problems and challenges require ecosystem solutions. In this webinar, Startup Commons is presenting their principles and technology recommendations for ecosystem orchestration digitally and to manage ecosystem data as a key resource to improve efficiency and strengthen the overall startup ecosystem, link ecosystem actors, improve decision making and in general to help anyone navigate easier and faster in the ecosystem.

Date: Feb 16

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Demystifying Angel Investing: An Introduction to the World of Early-Stage

Interested in establishing an angel network in your startup community? You’ll need to know the basics of angel investing then.

Date: February 17, 12:00 – 1:00p EST

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Building Tech Ecosystems in a Distributed World

A new event on building global tech ecosystems. Dealroom and Sifted will host leading VCs and ecosystem builders to discuss: Tech and governments’ role in navigating a “K-shaped” recovery; The rise of tier-2 ecosystems and distributed talent; A new dawn of tech optimism, or: David vs. Goliath in the age of Deep Tech

Date: February 24, 7:00 am – 10:00 am PST

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In Community~ A Gathering for Ecosystem Building Womyn

EcosystemsUnite is creating space for Womyn ecosystem builders to share knowledge. The goal is to leave with more knowledge than when we came and make good connections.

Date: February 24, 3:00 – 4:00 PST

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RuralRISE Broadband Mini-Summit

For rural communities, access to stable and affordable broadband and wireless connectivity continues to be a challenge. Join fellow rural ecosystem builders in the conversation about rural broadband during the 2021 RuralRISE Mini-Summit.

Date: April 15, 2:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

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RuralRISE Summit 2021

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

Date: September 20 – 21

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