Welcome to another week’s roundup of what’s happening in the entrepreneurial ecosystem building universe.


Apply for Goldman Sachs’ Program for Black and Latinx Entrepreneurs

Goldman Sachs established the Launch With GS Entrepreneur Cohort, a 6-week, virtual program for Black and Latinx founders and CEOs. Gain access to the best of Goldman Sachs – from industry experts to influential networks – while building relationships with investors during the evolving business landscape.

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Bipartisan Group to Launch Entrepreneurship Corps

Sens. Chris Coons, Tim Scott, Reps. Jason Crow, Troy Balderson introduce bill to support aspiring entrepreneurs in distressed communities

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Fostering Collaboration Between Corporations and Startups with Meg Steuer

Meg Steuer is an ecosystem builder from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. She joins the Mug.news show to discuss the work she and her team have done to foster collaboration between corporations and startups in their ecosystem.



Tell Authentic Stories

Telling a community’s authentic story is one of our key responsibilities, and pleasures, as entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. Anika Horn invited eight ecosystem builders to share their experiences and approaches.

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Local Legislation Supporting Founders Can Win the Battle for Startups

There is no question that startups and venture capital create jobs. However, there is divergent thinking on how to support these industries, including the importance of innovation policy. This article looks at how city and state governments can spur economic development through forward-thinking policies.

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Joint InBIA and CBIA Webinar: Best Practices for Incubation Professionals

This webinar provides entrepreneurial support professionals with information, tools and resources to start or improve a network of qualified mentors.

Date: March 10, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

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IEDC Leadership Summit

The 2021 Leadership Summit will focus on generating conversations, ideas and actions for leaders in economic development to  step boldly into the future with vision and confidence. Keynote address on March 16 by Victor Hwang.

Dates: March 15 – 16

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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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