Read on to find out what came across my radar in November in the world of entrepreneurial ecosystem building and startup community building.

Center for Black Innovation

Sherrell Dorsey at The Plug reported on the formation of the Center for Black Innovation in a recent newsletter. Supported by over $2 million in funding from Knight Foundation, Surdna, and Comcast, the mission of the Center for Black Innovation is to serve as a research center committed to creating equitable pathways for Black founders to thrive and build capital.

Learn more about the Center for Black Innovation.


Victor Hwang Talks Policies to Support New & Small Business at GEW 

To kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week, Idaho ecosystem builder Norris Krueger interviewed Right to Start’s Victor Hwang in a talk entitled “Entrepreneurs Are the Vaccine for Our Economy.”

Watch the full video.


Cecilia Wessinger Recaps her Lessons-learned Building the Field of Ecosystem Building

As an ESHIP Community Activator Cecilia Wessinger has been working in the trenches to grow the field of ecosystem building for the last several years. Recently she shared insights from her personal journey in this emerging field.

Read What I have learned about Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building.


Show Me the Money: How to Fund Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building Initiatives

Rob Williams and Dara Macan from SourceLink recently shared insights on how to work with a diverse set of funding sources including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, public-private partnerships, foundations and more to underwrite entrepreneurship-led economic development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building efforts.

Watch the video.


Economic Developers and Ecosystem Builders Work to Restart Their Entrepreneurship Strategy

In early November CO.STARTERS convened some of the nation’s most innovative economic developers and ecosystem builders for Restart 2020, a three-day virtual event designed to help attendees formulate a strategy for 2021 that includes entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial training as an essential component of job creation and economic recovery.

Check out their recap and video from the event.



It’s been a busy Fall for ecosystem building events with the ESHIP Summit, SCN Summit, InBIA, CO.STARTERS event, GEW, and more. But wait! There’s more! Check out these upcoming virtual events for ecosystem builders.

Ecosystems Unite: Race to Recovery
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 3:30pm EST

Hosted by Ecosystems Unite, the Race to Recovery is an online conversation that convenes diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from across the nation to articulate, discuss and ideate on solutions to address systemic racism and inequities in the sectors of entrepreneurship and economic development – particularly as they have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more and register.


Ecosystem Building Town Hall: Guide to Helping Black Founders
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm EST

1863 is partnering with AARP to create a community engagement event designed to walk ecosystem builders through the processes necessary to support New Majority Entrepreneurs.

Learn more and register.


Rethinking Economic Development: How SOAR is Training Entrepreneurs to Restart Eastern Kentucky
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Join CO.STARTERS for a live conversation discussing entrepreneurship and economic development with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region). Learn how eastern Kentucky is reinventing their regional economy and economic development strategy through entrepreneurship!

Learn more and register.