Social Venturers is launching a series of Fireside Chats to discuss what makes ecosystem builders effective. Every two weeks from September 10th until December 3rd, they are hosting peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions and you are invited!

#1 Put entrepreneurs front and center (September 10, 2020, 2. p.m. EST)

As ecosystem builders, we are committed to serving the entrepreneurs in our communities. To do our job well, we need to know who they are and what they need. But how do you find these entrepreneurs – especially those who are just emerging or are historically marginalized?

We adhere to the mantra that entrepreneurs must lead the entrepreneurial ecosystem, that the solutions we create must focus on the needs of emerging, existing and marginalized founders, and we have to listen actively, not just to what is being said but also to what is not being said.

Join Social Venturers on September 10th, 2020, at 2. Pm EST for a one-hour Fireside Chat about Ecosystem Building principle #1: Put entrepreneurs front and center

Format: Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats are peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions with entrepreneurial ecosystem builders passionate about leveraging entrepreneurship in their communities as a force for good. We respect each other’s views, we speak from our own experience and we are comfortable saying “I don’t know!”

Rather than best practices, we are hoping to elicit:

  • Stories from the field with a focus on lessons learned
  • Proven practices: What has worked for you, what hasn’t? What will you try next?
  • Tools and resources: Which tools do you rely on to do your work well? Which resources do you confidently recommend to your peers?
  • Questions: What do YOU want to know more about? Which questions are worth diving deeper into?



Each Fireside Chat will become a blogpost in Social Venturers LEARN section with a focus on stories from the field, proven practices, tools & resources, and remaining questions.

To learn more about leadership in entrepreneurial ecosystem building, check out Social Venturers’ latest series on Community Leadership.

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