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The Ecosystem Builder's Edge

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Unsung Heroes: The Vital and Often Misunderstood Role of Ecosystem Builders

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." — Arthur C. Clarke Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of June is focused on advocating for the ecosystem builders that tirelessly support innovators and re-connect the dots in our communities. We often hear tales of rockstar entrepreneurs, unicorn startups, and billion-dollar exits. But behind every thriving startup ecosystem, there are unsung heroes – the ecosystem builders. These...

10 days ago • 3 min read

"Innovation is creativity with a job to do." - John Emmerling Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of May is devoted to helping you overcome the biggest barrier to creating impact as an ecosystem builder: funding. Over a 4 part email series and a special webinar in partnership with EcoMap, we're teaching you how to unlock strategic funding opportunities to meet the needs of your community. This is the last email in the series and a full recap of the webinar with recording and...

18 days ago • 4 min read

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve Jobs Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of May is devoted to helping you overcome the biggest barrier to creating impact as an ecosystem builder: funding. Over a 4 part email series and a special webinar in partnership with EcoMap, you'll learn how to unlock strategic funding opportunities to meet the needs of your community. Follow along and RSVP for the webinar below! Tapping into Local and Foundation Grant...

25 days ago • 4 min read

“Conformity to the present is invisibility to the future.” ― Stefan Molyneux Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of May is devoted to helping you overcome the biggest barrier to creating impact as an ecosystem builder: funding. Over a 4 part email series and a special webinar in partnership with EcoMap, you'll learn how to unlock strategic funding opportunities to meet the needs of your community. Follow along and RSVP for the webinar below! Tapping into State and Local Funding...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Community is our competitive advantage. Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of May is devoted to helping you overcome the biggest barrier to creating impact as an ecosystem builder: funding. Over a 4 part email series and a special webinar in partnership with EcoMap, you'll learn how to unlock strategic funding opportunities to meet the needs of your community. Follow along and RSVP for the webinar below! Demystifying Federal Funding Opportunities Ecosystem builders play a...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

Behind every thriving innovation ecosystem is strategic investment in the future. Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. The month of May is devoted to helping you overcome the biggest barrier to creating impact as an ecosystem builder: funding. Over a 4 part email series and a special webinar in partnership with EcoMap, you'll learn how to unlock strategic funding opportunities to meet the needs of your community. Follow along and RSVP for the webinar below! Sustainable Funding Strategies...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

If you're not at the table, you're on the menu. Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge. Today we're exploring the all time top books for ecosystem building and I'm adding some fresh favorites that may not be on your bookshelf already and offer a new perspective. I heard the quote above on a webinar the Economic Development Administration hosted this week about building inclusive industry clusters. It's going to stick with me for a long time! If you are looking to broaden your perspective...

about 2 months ago • 4 min read

It's not what you create, it's what you cultivate. Welcome to the Ecosystem Builder's Edge, where today we are exploring the art of navigating complex innovation ecosystems through a systems thinking lens. Humans and systems are highly complex and ever changing In our rapidly evolving world, high-functioning innovation ecosystems prioritize accessibility and clear communication to enhance community navigation and knowledge sharing across diverse organizations with varying priorities. Our...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Innovate or die. Welcome to another issue of Ecosystem Builder's Edge! Today we're considering some of the top metrics that regions can track to understand if their ecosystem is evolving, stagnating or worse, devolving. Based on the assets, opportunities and challenges in your specific region, you'll need to customize what metrics you track to meet the strategic goals of your stakeholders. Being aligned as a community on these key metrics is an incredible way to ensure precious resources are...

2 months ago • 5 min read

Double down on your strengths and solve for your weaknesses. Welcome to another issue of Ecosystem Builder's Edge! Today we explore the concept of Industry Clustering as a Regional Growth Strategy, drawing from my personal experiences successfully implemented such an initiative. Consider this a case study where committed government partners, a passionate and knowledgeable team, strategic planning, data-driven approaches, and a collaborative ecosystem are key elements in fostering the growth...

2 months ago • 3 min read
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