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Reheating PIE

Rick Turoczy shares what he has learned running a virtual startup accelerator during a global pandemic and what he’s planning to do next.

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Building Diversity into the Venture Capital Ecosystem

Wharton’s Stephanie Creary speaks with Melissa Bradley from 1863 Ventures, Frederik Groce from Storm Ventures, and Wharton’s Ethan Mollick about the funding gap faced by minority and female founders.



How One Startup Support Organization Builds Entrepreneurial Networks 

In September 2020, 47 cities made commitments to new initiatives to support inclusive economic development and innovation at the Kauffman Mayor’s Conference on Entrepreneurship. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments to showcase successes, identify best practices, and connect peer cities that can learn together.

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Entrepreneurship Can Help Lead Us out of Our Current Crisis

Millions of jobs need to be created for the economy to recover. In Roll Call, Bobby Franklin writes, “We must unleash entrepreneurial activity that spreads the benefits of innovation more broadly…”

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The Science of Startup Communities with Victor Hwang

Victor Hwang joins the Mug.news show to discuss the science behind ecosystem building and provides research-backed tactics to apply to communities around the world.



Building Ecosystems for Positive Change

There are many ways of creating social change. For those looking for lasting systemic change, ‘ecosystem building’ has become a leading strategy. This webinar will share some of the key strategies, challenges and opportunities – taking insights from Building Ecosystems for Positive Change, the new guide from Rachel Sinha and Tatiana Fraser, co-founders of The Systems Sanctuary.

Date: March 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

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Telling Your Community’s Authentic Story

Startup Space is holding virtual community of practice events. The series serves to connect communities and professionals in our network to share best practices and ideas. This month, you can meet fellow practitioners, hear updates from their founder and CEO, and get tips from an expert on telling your economic impact story. You won’t want to miss it!

Date: March 25, 11:00am-12:15pm ET

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How People Power Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Join Forward Cities as they kick off their inaugural E3 Scorecard conversation series with ecosystem building powerhouses Adam Arredondo and Dell Gines. They will explore two powerful ways ESOs and communities can catalyze and accelerate the potential of PEOPLE in their ecosystems: through strong talent pipelines and culturally competent mentors, and by activating entrepreneurial champions and ecosystem builders to ensure equity for every entrepreneur.

Date: March 30,

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CommUNITY Growth Summit

gener8tor CommUNITY Growth Summit presents America’s next generation of leaders in startups, the arts and workforce development. gener8tor CommUNITY Growth Summit offers leaders in each of these areas a day of keynotes and presentations focused on the next generation of solutions.

Date: March 30 – April 1

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Virtual Skoll World Forum

Through an inspiring program of plenaries and sessions, we’ll use this moment of virtual convening to examine the unequal impact of the global pandemic and the innovative solutions that aim to build a better future for all. In the spirit of collaboration, many sessions will be curated directly from the social innovation community.

Dates: April 13 – 15

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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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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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