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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups

Presenters: Jordan Marsillo & Kathryn Widrig

1 Million Cups is a turn-key program that provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business to an audience of their community and get real-time, vital feedback. The program is organized and ran by volunteer community members and utilizes support from local businesses to truly make this program for the community, by the community.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
5 Ways to Get Your Local Economy Back to the Future | The International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA)

5 Ways to Get Your Local Economy Back to the Future

Presenter: Ryan Lilly
Organization: The International Business Innovation Association (iNBIA)

BIG QUESTION: What is the single most effective strategy for helping entrepreneurs succeed in any community?

This project is a summary of a TEDx Talk I did last year by the same name. It lays-out a five-step process I believe has helped me succeed in assisting entrepreneurs and building regional economies in three states. The title of this talk/project was inspired by an older gentleman who was convinced that he had invented a time machine.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
An Alternative Financial Tool for Impact Entrepreneurship | RIAN Prosperity Bond

An Alternative Financial Tool for Impact Entrepreneurship

Presenter: Norris Krueger
Organization: RIAN Prosperity Bond

BIG QUESTION: How can we support innovation-based entrepreneurship in such a way that it allows us to address several of our most wicked problems simultaneously?

Our traditional responses to wicked problems of income inequity, climate change, market sector concentration and regional economic growth have been independent, isolated. The RIAN Prosperity Bond is a novel systems approach to provide an alternate financial vehicle for scaling job intensive startups. The model takes the best elements of pay for success financing to address the dearth of patient, growth-oriented capital for environmental, clean energy and civic-centered technologies—all while ensuring that the companies are structurally focused toward growing market share, jobs, and rewarding everyone that contributes to their success: the investors, the employees, the owners and broader society.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
A New Frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana | Montana High Tech Business Alliance

A New Frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana

Presenter: Christina Henderson
Organizer: Montana High Tech Business Alliance

BIG QUESTION: How do we build confidence in our entrepreneurial ecosystem?

In April 2017, we released a report: "A New Frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana" - the first major study of entrepreneurship in Montana, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The report shows that Montana’s ecosystem has a high level of entrepreneurship, dense networks of support, global businesses, high quality workforce and high quality of life. Much of the growth in Montana’s startup community is driven by the tech industry. The sale of Bozeman's RightNow Technologies to Oracle in 2012 for $1.8 billion is proof of what's possible now that technology has removed geographic barriers to growth.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Amplify Philly

Amplify Philly

Presenter: Yuval Yarden

BIG PROBLEM: Finding capital to invest in ecosystem development.

Amplify Philly creates a cohesive Philadelphia brand and brings our diverse innovation and culture into the international spotlight. Our mission is to attract people to collaborate with/in greater Philadelphia.





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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Beyond Collisions | SourceLink

Beyond Collisions

Presenters: Dara Macan & Jenny Miller
Organization: SourceLink

BIG QUESTION: Moving beyond collisions, can you build a sustainable infrastructure for entrepreneurial growth?

Since 2003, SourceLink has been developing tools and defined processes that community leaders can leverage to build their entrepreneurial ecosystems. Initially developed by the Kauffman Foundation, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the U.S. Small Business Administration, KCSourceLink was launched as the pilot to build the first entrepreneurial infrastructure to connect business-building resources, make them visible and forge collaborations to fill gaps in the infrastructure and spur entrepreneurial growth. The process was scaled, helping regions nationwide identify resources, connect those resources to entrepreneurs and one another, empower the network to improve the ecosystem and measure the process for meaningful impact.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Beyond the Ecosystem Map to Ecosystem Action | Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Beyond the Ecosystem Map to Ecosystem Action

Presenter: Genevieve Edens
Organization: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

BIG PROBLEM: Entrepreneurs in emerging markets have enormous potential to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits -- but systemic challenges often hinder their ability to meet that potential.

Since ANDE's founding we have conducted dozens of mapping exercises. To our dismay, these stakeholder maps were quickly out-of-date and rarely used. In 2015, ANDE's Central America/Mexico team piloted a series of rapid research projects to produce ecosystem "snapshots" that simplify the survey process and quickly demonstrate who is working where, and on what. These snapshots are also quickly out of date, but their purpose is to spark discussion and prompt collaboration. In 2015, ANDE also launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, a field-building research project that provides actionable data for individual organizations and insights for the entire field.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Boulder Breakthrough: Advancing Boulder's Innovation Economy

Boulder Breakthrough: Advancing Boulder's Innovation Economy

Presenter: Clif Harald

BIG PROBLEM: Sustaining Boulder's innovation and entrepreneurial vitality through a community-based ecosystem support initiative.

Boulder Breakthrough is an innovation-centered venture focused on accelerating broad-based community support for Boulder's entrepreneurial ecosystem.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Building a Latino Ecosystem in West Michigan

Building a Latino Ecosystem in West Michigan

Presenter: Carlos Sanchez

BIG PROBLEM: How to integrate Latino entrepreneurs in the larger, mainstream entrepreneurial ecosystem in West Michigan

West Michigan is recognized as a hotbed of entrepreneurship. However the mainstream ecosystem is leaving Latino-owned business behind. A coalition of ESO's in WM are working to first formalize the Latino ecosystem and then integrate these businesses into mainstream.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Building a Robust and Supportive Ecosystem for Life Science Entrepreneurs | Life Science Washington, Commercialization

Building a Robust and Supportive Ecosystem for Life Science Entrepreneurs

Presenters: Jessica Roberto & Patricia Beckmann
Organization: Life Science Washington, Commercialization

BIG QUESTION: What resources do new entrepreneurs need to successfully establish a life science company?

Through a generous grant from the Washington state Life Sciences Discovery Fund, our Commercialization team has established a new suite of programs to help bolster the support within our local life sciences ecosystem for early stage companies and entrepreneurs. This includes our Washington Innovation Network (WIN) Mentoring Program, Startup Playbook Guide and Educational Series, SBIR/STTR Grant Support Workshops, Health Economics Consultations, and more. These programs were rolled out over the past year and a half and, in combination with existing Commercialization programs, have positively impacted over 150 companies across Washington state.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Building Culturally-Balanced Entrepreneurial Ecosystems | City of Santa Fe, Office of Economic Development

Building Culturally-Balanced Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Presenter: Ross Chaney
Organization: City of Santa Fe, Office of Economic Development

BIG QUESTION: How do you build the future of your entrepreneurial ecosystem, without repeating the mistakes of the past?

I have been examining the Northern NM ecosystem of EDO's, in order to improve services. My "crossroads" report outlines in clear no-jargon terms of how we got it right and wrong in the past 13 years of regional economic development strategic planning. This report also outlines how we can do it all differently, so we can expand inclusion that matches the needs of our local and regional entrepreneurs. I am here to find more partners that want to collaborate on designing new metrics that fit the needs of specific communities / cities / regions that will support and grow a diverse economy.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Building the Impact Accelerator Ecosystem | Conveners.org

Building the Impact Accelerator Ecosystem

Presenter: Avary Kent
Organization: Conveners.org

BIG PROBLEM: Making the impact accelerator ecosystem easier to navigate.

We are building the Accelerator Selection Tool as a resource for social entrepreneurs around the world to more easily find enterprise support programs that are the right fit at the right time in their development. We have built a collaboration of over 15 organizations aggregating fragmented information and building the foundation for impact databases to communicate directly through read/write API frameworks. We see this project as the first step in a much larger movement to build industry level intelligence about the impact accelerator ecosystem.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Building Culturally-Balanced Entrepreneurial Ecosystems | City of Santa Fe, Office of Economic Development

Building Culturally-Balanced Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Presenter: Ross Chaney
Organization: City of Santa Fe, Office of Economic Development

BIG QUESTION: How do you build the future of your entrepreneurial ecosystem, without repeating the mistakes of the past?

I have been examining the Northern NM ecosystem of EDO's, in order to improve services. My "crossroads" report outlines in clear no-jargon terms of how we got it right and wrong in the past 13 years of regional economic development strategic planning. This report also outlines how we can do it all differently, so we can expand inclusion that matches the needs of our local and regional entrepreneurs. I am here to find more partners that want to collaborate on designing new metrics that fit the needs of specific communities / cities / regions that will support and grow a diverse economy.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Civic Ninjas' Secret Sauce | Civic Ninjas

Civic Ninjas' Secret Sauce

Presenters: Scott Phillips & Cecilia Wessinger
Organization: Civic Ninjas

BIG PROBLEM: Civic Ninjas is focused on using community problem solving as a path to empowerment, engagement and impact.

Our Focus: We are focused on entrepreneurship, the maker movement and civic technology because they are transformative movements that are democratizing how we live, work and play. We see these movements as not only things that work, but more importantly things that can make huge differences in people’s lives, opportunities and communities.

Our Secret Sauce: We connect people by starting conversations that make the world a smaller place. We inspire community by producing engaging transformative events. We create solutions by developing code and other tools that solve problems.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Collabortank and Startup Idaho Platform | The Boise Hub

Collabortank and Startup Idaho Platform

Presenter: Philip Bennett
Organization: The Boise Hub

BIG PROBLEM: We're working to create sustainable collaboration that is inclusive to all that wish to explore a bigger future through entrepreneurship and process for enablers to get involved with multiple points of entry.

Bring all ecosystem builders, supporters and platforms together to meet the needs of those we serve. Startup Idaho is a starting point and megaphone for education, startups and business. The collabortank model that emphasize side hustles and freelancing as a means to start a company, work on a startup team or contribute to a startup company and expand skill sets by working on real world opportunities. Offering access to online education for anyone anywhere to have meaningful access to the tools and training needed to move their dreams forward and create an earning opportunity as a freelancer.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Community Building Through Pop up & Underground

Community Building Through Pop up & Underground

Presenter: Julian Miller

BIG PROBLEM: Accelerating serendipity within startup communities, because time is money startups don't have to waste.

Hosting pop up and underground coworking events at local ventures of all shapes, structures, and makes. We bring entrepreneurs together to connect otherwise disparate dots, whether they be people, businesses, or ideas.









Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Creating More Efficient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems | Village Capital

Creating More Efficient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Presenters: Dustin Shay & Jared Marquette
Organization: Village Capital

BIG PROBLEM: We're helping funders overcome implicit bias around region, gender, and background to find the highest-potential founders and ventures that fit their specific investment theses by creating tools that evaluate entrepreneurial proficiency and benchmark venture development.

Investors and funders believe that capital flows to its best uses, but cognitive biases like in-group bias, availability bias, and herd mentality prevent us from finding and investing in the best ideas. This has created a critical over-concentration of resources in just a few communities and groups of people: 77% of VC goes to 3 US states, 90% goes to white, male founders.

We have developed two tools designed to help investors overcome implicit bias using our proprietary venture development benchmarking system and a test to evaluate entrepreneur proficiency based on founding team characteristics.







Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Creative Startups: Growing the Creative Economy

Creative Startups: Growing the Creative Economy

Presenters: Julia Youngs & Ginny Sterpka
Organization: Creative Startups

BIG QUESTION: How do we empower creative entrepreneurs to transform their creative ideas into sustainable business ventures, while also fostering a culture that values and supports creative thinking?

Currently Creative Startups is working to grow our entrepreneurship education programs in cities throughout the US, as well as our nation's rural and Tribal communities. These goals are accomplished through out LABS program for idea-stage entrepreneurs and our Accelerator program for startups seeking to scale nationally and internationally.








Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
CrowdMatch Microloan | MACED Enterprise Development

CrowdMatch Microloan

Presenter: Paul Wright
Organization: MACED Enterprise Development

BIG PROBLEM: Access to start-up capital to those with low or no credit scores (including non-profits or cooperatives) who want to serve local rural communities.

Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through the collective effort of friends, family, potential customers, and individual investors. MACED is beta testing a unique loan product to East Kentucky entrepreneurs who run a successful crowdfunding campaign. MACED will match dollar for dollar-up to $10,000-the amount raised through crowdfunding, with no credit check for eligible enterprises. The goal is to help more rural entrepreneur access affordable capital.




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Determining the What, Why, and How of Entrepreneurial Mindset

Presenters: Phil Weilerstein & Heath Naquin
Organization: VentureWell

BIG PROBLEM: There is need for research to map what an entrepreneurial mindset means, and to define measurement that allows us to understand the effectiveness of EM training and education on entrepreneurial success.

Together with collaborators at the Arizona State University (ASU), VentureWell convened a group of partners including the Kauffman Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation and the Kern Family Foundation to improve our understanding and begin to address the need for an organizing framework around EM. Working largely through a lens of engineering education, the project and the research emerging from it highlight why it is important to measure EM, what is the definition of EM, and practically how one should measure EM.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ecosystem4HerBiz | The Women's National Business Council (NWBC)

Ecosystem4HerBiz

Presenters: Dolores "Lori" Rowen & Annie Rorem
Organization: The National Women's Business Council (NWBC)

BIG PROBLEM: The Council’s ecosystem model highlights the interconnectivity between different components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women; the Council seeks to introduce this model to others, listen to feedback, and learn more about how local ecosystems across the country support women entrepreneurs and business owners as they develop and scale their businesses.

NWBC has developed an entrepreneurial ecosystem model that can be adopted by local stakeholders to evaluate their regional economy, identify significant actors and activities, and guide an assessment of the system of support for women business owners. The Council hosted town halls in six cities throughout the US with stakeholders from each region to discuss the strengths and challenges within each regional economy, and to test and refine the model. Through our research, the Council has developed a research report and supporting recommendations that may be implemented at the local and federal level for women entrepreneurs.







Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ecosystem Development Plans | National Minority Supplier Development Council

Ecosystem Development Plans

Presenter: Carrie McIndoe
Organization: National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

BIG PROBLEM: NMSDC is working to build a more diverse Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through the strengthening and expansion of corporate and federal supplier diversity programs, as they are proven solutions to breaking down barriers and increasing access to opportunity for minority businesses.

NMSDC’s research and data mining project will help break barriers to success for minority entrepreneurs by contributing invaluable information about market gaps and opportunities for procurement to the ecosystem of minority inclusion. It is not enough that we understand the challenges minority entrepreneurs face; we must also offer solutions. This project will help enable income growth for minority businesses by identifying opportunity, while also informing innovative solutions and program enhancements. It will identify and respond to minority business needs at a macro-level so that certified minority businesses across the nation can catapult toward success and growth.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Educating for Communities of the Future

Educating for Communities of the Future

Presenters: Jayne Fleener & Rick Smyre

BIG QUESTION: How can we facilitate grassroots efforts to prepare communities for the future that are sustainable and abundant?

Democracy and the social, economic and educational fabrics of our society are failing to accommodate and adapt to the rapid changes we are experiencing because of digitization. We need to work across these sectors to explore integrative and comprehensive strategies for transforming our democracy. A "block-chain" democracy in a digitized world will require a very different understanding about learning, economics and work. As a former university dean and career educator, I have a role to play in bringing people together to work towards developing a sustainable and abundant future for our children.







Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Elevating Media, Art and Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurs | Newark Business Hub

Elevating Media, Art and Entertainment Industry Entrepreneurs

Presenter: Lyneir Richardson
Organization: Newark Business Hub

BIG QUESTION: How can we clearly make the connection between creatives, entrepreneurship and urban community revitalization?

The Newark Business HUB provides education resources as well as inspiration and collaboration opportunities to help creative individuals start and expand profitable businesses and create wealth and jobs. 22 entrepreneurs have completed the program which provides capacity building educational sessions, business training and planning services, coaching, access to state of the art production facilities and equipment (at Rutgers University Express Newark Arts Incubator), entertainment events, social networking opportunities and access to student talent. The connection and interplay between the creative community, entrepreneurship and its influence on the transformation of the city of Newark is now being be studied by research faculty.






Science Fair Output | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
Emergent Wave | Albuquerque Innovation Central

Emergent Wave

Presenter: Eric Renz-Whitmore
Organization: Albuquerque Innovation Central

BIG PROBLEM: We've been successful in starting and helping get our startup community going, but now have the challenges of continuing growth, broadening impact and including the wider community.

When we started focusing on building a startup community, the tasks and challenges were relatively well defined. Now, having "leveled up," we're working on platforms and strategies to support further growth and to apply lessons learned to other groups and sectors of our ecosystem including: small business & under-represented groups; businesses in music, arts & culture; and federal (& university) lab scientists and researchers.







Emerging Venture Leaders Summit

Presenter: Jay De Long

BIG PROBLEM: St. Louis needs a continuum of growth capital.

An emerging ecosystem like STL can distinguish itself by finding synergy with younger investors representing risk capital in its various forms. Working together they can develop and grow in mutually beneficial ways. Hosting the Emerging Venture Leader Summit provides networking, professional development, best practices and envisions a successful horizon with a practical pathway forward.










Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Empowering Ecosystems Globally | UNION by 1776

Empowering Ecosystems Globally

Presenters: Garrett Johnson & Evan Burfield
Organization: UNION by 1776

BIG PROBLEM: Everyone, everywhere in the world should have the opportunity to participate in the innovation economy, but many lack the access to resources, guidance, funding, and connections.

UNION powers innovation centers—incubators, accelerators and coworking spaces—around the world. The platform streamlines operations and enables the sharing of networks, content, tools and programming to build world-class startup programs.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem Builder Starting Point (K-12)

Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem Builder Starting Point (K-12)

Presenter: Carlos Jiménez & Rosaleé Córdova

BIG PROBLEM: Changing Puerto Rico's unfriendly beliefs about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs.

Our entrepreneurial education ecosystem builder is the key to create an entrepreneurial culture. It allows any department of education to integrate entrepreneurship education from K-12 as a complement to enhance core competencies reinforcing English, math, science, social science and other disciplines. It gives a 4-5 year span to integrate the entrepreneurial mindset to all students participants regarding their age or grade.






Science Fair Presentations | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Entrepreneurship Northwest

Entrepreneurship Northwest

Presenter: Norris Krueger

BIG PROBLEM: Online interactive webinar series: A comprehensive, entrepreneur-friendly toolkit for helping you to help grow your local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Online webinar series of modules on "How YOU can grow your local entrepreneurial ecosystem." Combine video, including interviews/conversation with leading experts + case studies + links/resources + homework [tangible action steps].




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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Financial Accounts Progression Through Time

Financial Accounts Progression Through Time

Presenter: Wacinque Amistad Kaizen BeMende

BIG PROBLEM: Ending entrenched multigenerational poverty with a multigenerational solution that is a global model using advanced mobile and online platforms plus is a scalable secure design.

To date poverty has been addressed with ideas and designs from the 1940's-50's using tax supported methods and focused on short comings of those assisted. A more effective approach may include enhancing the design of the tools and resources by using up to date social behavioral economics knowledge an efficiencies available in this the 21st Century. An improved design removes crippling restrictions then gives the customers more time to develop required skills and internal driven behaviors which allows the focus to be on transitioning from a state of dependency to a position of financial contribution and independence.




Science Fair Output | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
Forward Cities and ScaleUp Partners

Forward Cities and ScaleUp Partners

Presenter: Johnathan Holifield

BIG PROBLEM: Align economic inclusion and more traditional community economic development with U.S. economic competitiveness levers, i.e., Inclusive Competitiveness.

Upshot: to maintain and improve our global economic leadership, America needs far more contributors, i.e., economic athletes: persons who demonstrate the skills mastery, agility, grit, and stamina to achieve sustained economic mobility, security, and prosperity, as well as life satisfaction. For the first time, my book links innovation development, economic inclusion and U.S. competitiveness in our Innovation Economy. The focus is on creating new community systems (vs. singular, isolated programs) to address the national imperative to better equip women, Blacks, Latinos and small town and rural populations to be educationally and economically competitive in the 21st century.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Founder Workshop

Founder Workshop

Presenter: Andy White

BIG QUESTION: How do you help more people discover their ability to become founders?

We found that many local entrepreneur programs needed a greater number of higher quality candidates. To help with this many of the programs have started creating their own pre-program. These pre-programs ranged from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Each covered much of the same material but were targeted to a specific part of the ecosystem. We brought together the organizer of each of these pre-programs and have worked together to develop one program that each organizer can participate in. It's a better experience for the entrepreneur and much less of a burden on each organizer.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
GEW USA

GEW USA

Presenter: Alana Ramo

BIG QUESTION: How can GEW connect more players in city ecosystems across the United States?

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people in more than 170 countries through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Thousands of activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Global Ecosystem Helping Entrepreneurs Build Great Businesses | Techstars

Global Ecosystem Helping Entrepreneurs Build Great Businesses

Presenters: Lesa Mitchell, Chris Heivly, Aldo Aguirre & Jordan Rothenberg
Organization: Techstars

BIG PROBLEM: Building pipelines of awareness and entrepreneurship support mechanisms at the level of the community, building depth around industry verticals and de-risking global scale.

Together we help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.







Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network

Global Entrepreneurship Research Network

Presenters: Philip Auerswald, Genevieve Edens & Rhett Morris

BIG PROBLEM: In a world of big data, the problem GERN seeks to address is the distinct lack of open, standardized datasets that researchers can use to analyze and better understand entrepreneurial dynamics to empower practitioners to create a world in which entrepreneurial impact is as widely distributed as entrepreneurial potential.

GERN and its members are contributing to addressing this challenge by working piecemeal to develop new objective instruments that standardize the data to be collected, and harmonize data management and analysis systems. Examples of this include new methodologies for collecting data on an entrepreneurial mindset, the connections key ecosystem actors have to one another and the efficacy of accelerators. Through its affiliation with GEN Global and in-country GEN affiliates, GERN is able to amplify the usefulness of lessons-learned, findings, conclusions, and assessments for the development policies, programs and initiatives that impact startup communities around the world.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Global Listening Project for Startup Community Growth

Global Listening Project for Startup Community Growth

Presenter: Lana Zumbrunn

BIG QUESTION: How are entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders learning from each other and what do they need to progress?

I've embarked on a year long journey to meet, learn from and build with other ecosystem builders and entrepreneurs. Come see what I've learned and what's next.





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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
HBCUvc

HBCUvc

Presenter: Hadiyah Mujhid

BIG PROBLEM: Addressing economic inequality for African Americans through tech entrepreneurship.

HBCU.vc is a not-for-profit organization connecting and equipping the next generation of black and brown technology innovators and venture capital investors. Our Student Investor Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to earn real world experience in the venture capital and technology industry. Fellows are taught and mentored by experienced venture capitalists who help them to identify and support companies seeking investment. This first of its kind program allows students to gain experience that jumpstarts their careers AND enables them to make a difference in their communities by supporting local entrepreneurs. It’s our way to a broader representation in tech that will ultimately create more jobs, better products, and better businesses for everyone.











Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Helping Startups with their Legal Needs | Startup Legal Garage

Helping Startups with their Legal Needs

Presenter: Alice Armitage
Organization: Startup Legal Garage

BIG PROBLEM: Entrepreneurs often don't understand or dismiss the importance of having a well-designed legal platform on which to grow their business.

The program I direct provides three months of free legal services to early stage companies. My research examines different methods of supporting the legal needs of entrepreneurs, including most recently, a proposal to reshape the regulatory process to prevent the current impasse between innovation and regulation.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
How Do You Grow the Good Stuff? | LeadLocal

How Do You Grow the Good Stuff?

Presenters: Robin Breault & Brooke McDonald
Organization: LeadLocal

BIG QUESTION: How do we support smart growth & leadership so that all people in our community get the good stuff?

Since the majority of folks in our community spend their days within organizations (schools, businesses, etc.), we began to explore how we could help people in organizations lead change from where they are. Through lots of learning & doing, we landed on something sticky-promote authentic learning, innovation, and leadership through trainings and retreats that respect individuals and help reveal the intrapreneurial potential of people and organizations that seek to grow and change with the times.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Innovation Growth Lab (IGL)

Innovation Growth Lab

Presenter: Albert Bravo-Biosca

BIG PROBLEM: Governments spend billions on policies to make their economies more innovative and entrepreneurial, yet there is little experimentation with new programs and limited evidence of the effectiveness of these policies.

The Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) is a global partnership of leading governments and foundations worldwide, whose aim is to make policy in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth more experimental and evidence-based. We work with partners to carry out and fund Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), build capacity through events, workshops, and online resources, and share new research findings amongst a global community of likeminded individuals and organizations.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Investing in Imagination and Invention: Can a Traditional Arts Organization Pivot to Provide Effective Entrepreneurial Support? | Create Birmingham

Investing in Imagination and Invention: Can a Traditional Arts Organization Pivot to Provide Effective Entrepreneurial Support?

Presenter: Enoch Elwell
Organization: Create Birmingham

BIG QUESTION: How do we help communities create diverse pipelines of support in order accelerate growth in their entrepreneurial activity and culture?

In 2014, a traditional arts organization in Birmingham, AL had the crazy idea to broaden their support to creatives of all types-including creative entrepreneurs. Using the CO.STARTERS program, Create Birmingham equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action using lean business modeling methods. In 2017, Create Birmingham conducted a study of their 105 graduates to measure the impact the program was having. The study found that the majority of graduates were confident in their next steps, felt connected to and supported by the local community, were in business, and had created jobs.




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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kickstarting Private Sector Economies on Indian Reservations

Kickstarting Private Sector Economies on Indian Reservations

Presenter: Robert J. Miller

BIG QUESTION: What strategies can American Indian governments and reservation communities use in developing their private sector economies?

There is an almost complete absence of privately owned businesses on the 300 Indian reservations in the United States. Indian nations and reservation residents need to utilize every available strategy and tool to develop private sector economies. Amending the 1910 Federal Buy Indian Act and encouraging tribal governments to enact their own Buy Indian Acts will motivate native entrepreneurs to start businesses and to locate them on reservations.




Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
National Youth Invention and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem | The STEMIE Coalition

National Youth Invention and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Presenter: Danny Briere
Organization: The STEMIE Coalition

BIG PROBLEM: K-12 educators are investing in STEM and entrepreneurship programs, but lack programs to link the two. We are addressing the huge gap in K-12 education between STEM skills and entrepreneurship skills through invention education that teaches real-world problem-solving skills by training students to build concepts into product prototypes. STEMIE = STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship.

The STEMIE Coalition envisions a nation in which all students have access to invention and entrepreneurship education. The STEMIE Coalition will be a globally-recognized force in enabling every child to have the opportunity to gain the confidence and skills necessary to control their own destiny through invention, entrepreneurship, and innovation.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Navigating the Innovation Ecosystem in Jacksonville, Florida | Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs (JAXCoE)

Navigating the Innovation Ecosystem in Jacksonville, Florida

Presenter: Kate Stewart
Organization: Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs

BIG PROBLEM: Building the innovation economy in northeast Florida by activating the ecosystem components and connecting founders of high growth startups and concepts with the resources they need to succeed.

Jax is the largest city in the continental U.S., with 1100 miles of shoreline, abundant waterways, parks, ecological preserves, and world-class art and culture offerings. We are a hidden gem, with all the resources we need to create a thriving innovation ecosystem. JAXCoE supports high growth startups, inclusivity, and the innovation economy of NE FL by connecting innovators with one another and resources to succeed.




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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
Oregon Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | StartUpOregon

Oregon Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Presenters: Heather Stafford, Business Oregon; Rachel Jagoda-Brunette, Lemelson Foundation; Dwayne Johnson, Innovate Oregon; and Julie Harrelson, Cascade Angels
Organization: StartUpOregon

BIG PROBLEM: Imagine if every entrepreneur had access to the same, high quality business development and capital resources no matter who they are or where they live.

In 2015, Oregon had the best-performing economy in the nation. A closer look however, reveals that many rural Oregon counties remain below their pre-recession peaks. Oregon is investing in rural, locally driven strategies to increase entrepreneur access to existing business services. The initiative supports integrated solutions developed by, and for, local stakeholders who best recognize the needs and economic strengths of their communities. This ecosystem-building initiative relies on strong local networks to develop a shared vision, identify concrete local gaps in programming, services, access to capital, and address shortfalls as a collective to better serve rural businesses at all stages.





Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Rewarding Detroit’s Neighborhood Businesses for their Ideas for Growth | NEIdeas

Rewarding Detroit’s Neighborhood Businesses for their Ideas for Growth

Presenter: Pamela Lewis
Organization: NEIdeas

BIG QUESTION: How do you connect small businesses in disadvantaged neighborhood with cash and support to help them grow?

NEI is the largest philanthropy-led economic development initiative in the U.S. working to build a regional network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan. Each year, NEIdeas awards dozens of existing Detroit businesses cash for ideas for growth. Businesses submit a simple 400-word application to be considered for a $10,000 or $100,000 grant to achieve their idea. Applications are offered in five languages. Since 2014, 96 businesses have won a total of $1.5 million. On average, winners of the $10,000 grants have created 2.77 jobs and generated an additional $62,000 in revenue. More than 70% of winning businesses are minority-owned, and 65% are woman-owned. NEIdeas has engaged 1,700+ small businesses throughout Detroit, each of which is introduced to opportunities in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.




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Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Signature Events That Celebrate a Community of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Innovation Connector

Signature Events That Celebrate a Community of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Presenter: Ted Baker
Organization: Innovation Connector

BIG QUESTION: Is collaboration in our innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem possible? How do we go about disassembling some of the individual silos that hinder cooperation?

The Innovation Connector wanted to find the "hidden" entrepreneurs in our community. This led to the start of the BIG Idea Pitch Competition—a simple idea pitch competition. This event grew into a huge community-wide event that keeps growing. All of this led to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to celebrate these accomplishments. Now these events are known as one of the top rated events in our community.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
So What Do We Really Know About Growing Ecosystems?

So What Do We Really Know About Growing Ecosystems?

Presenter: Norris Krueger

BIG PROBLEM: Briefing doc/short white paper on the high points of the best work done to study ecosystems.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
StartupSac is Born—How Community Builders in Other Cities Provided a Catalyst | StartupSac

StartupSac is Born—How Community Builders in Other Cities Provided a Catalyst

Presenter: Laura Good
Organization: StartupSac

BIG PROBLEM: Getting support and connecting to the resources that can help to go from idea to a startup with traction is daunting and hard to navigate.

The seed for StartupSac was planted at an Up Global Summit at a community building talk where an ecosystem infographic was shared. I brought the idea back to Sacramento and a team identified the resources in our ecosystem and created the first Sacramento ecosystem infographic. This then led to the creation of the StartupSac website, a project to share information about startup resources with the community. The website led to a grant which led to more resources and programs and now, birth of a non-profit org to wrangle the community.




Science Fair Output | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
Taking the Pulse of Entrepreneurship in America | The Kauffman Index

Taking the Pulse of Entrepreneurship in America

Presenters: Arnobio Morelix & Inara Tareque
Organization: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kauffman Index)

BIG QUESTION: How can we make sure whole communities are not left behind in the new economy?

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship Series measures entrepreneurial activity in the US at the national, state and metropolitan area levels. We do so across 3 dimensions: Startup Activity, Main Street Entrepreneurship and Growth Entrepreneurship. These indices take the pulse of entrepreneurship in the country, and help tell the story of American entrepreneurs.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Back of a Napkin Only Goes So Far | Startgrid

The Back of a Napkin Only Goes So Far

Presenter: Peter Gardner
Organization: Startgrid

BIG QUESTION: How can software help manage, scale and link entrepreneurial networks?

As a community focused on serving entrepreneurs we suffer the fate of the "cobbler's children," lacking innovative tools for our own use. Startgrid is a purpose-built software platform for building and managing networks of entrepreneurs and connecting them to market demand. Startgrid was founded with a singular focus on delivering an end-to-end platform to streamline and accelerate how organizations manage global innovation networks. We call the platform the "innovation backbone" which gives our customers the ability to quickly discover leading-edge solutions, deliver to business stakeholders, and measure the outcome and value created.






Science Fair Output | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Kauffman Foundation
The Dealmaker Algorithm: The Key to High-Performance Ecosystems

The Dealmaker Algorithm: The Key to High-Performance Ecosystems

Presenter: Ted D. Zoller

BIG PROBLEM: The role of serial entrepreneurs and investors as the carrying capacity for high-performance entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Conducting longitudinal analyses of the evolution of the social capital networks that power high-performance entrepreneurial ecosystems. Showing the relationship of serial entrepreneurship as a key indicator of economic performance of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Hub Platform | Gust

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Hub Platform

Presenter: Kylene Henry
Organization: Gust

BIG QUESTION: How do you identify, connect and make readily accessible all of the constituents, resources and activities within a regional entrepreneurship ecosystem?

Gust's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Hub platform is the turnkey solution for empowering regional startup ecosystems. It pulls together in one place every startup, investor, accelerator, event, job, workspace, course, video, blog and news story in the ecosystem, dynamically maps them, updates them with API feeds and live editors, and makes them instantly accessible to visitors in and out of the ecosystem.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Founder Roadmap

The Founder Roadmap

Presenter: Beth McKeon

BIG QUESTION: Founders are told all the time to focus (which is incredibly hard to do!), so how can we help founders focus on the right things at the right time and access the right resources when they'll make the biggest difference?

The Founder Roadmap creates a simple framework to show the stages of startup building and the key questions/experiments a founder should focus on to progressively de-risk their business idea. Founders can use this to identify where they are in the roadmap process and seek the right help at the right time. Startup ecosystems can also use this tool to evaluate which programs and resources support founders at each stage along the roadmap.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Power of Second-Stage Companies | Edward Lowe Foundation

The Power of Second-Stage Companies

Presenter: Penny Lewandowski
Organization: Edward Lowe Foundation

BIG PROBLEM: How to advance the understanding and practice of entrepreneurship led economic development and the critical role growth companies play in economic growth.

The magic of economic development is found in balance. But with a mindset of winning with the big home run, recruiting often wins over a philosophy of entrepreneurship-led economic development. Capturing the hearts of existing businesses, particularly growth companies (the nation’s largest job creators) takes time and an ability to appreciate the beauty of singles and doubles. But when done well, it results in sustainable growth for companies and the communities they call home. We believe it’s time we become as good at growing companies as we are at starting them or wooing them to greener ZIP codes.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Presto Loan: Navigating Small Business Owners to Safer Waters | Accion

The Presto Loan: Navigating Small Business Owners to Safer Waters

Presenter: Anne Haines
Organization: Accion

BIG QUESTION: How does Accion get safe, affordable cash into the hands of low-income entrepreneurs to help them start or grow their business?

Buffeted by tough economic currents, low-income small business owners face too many barriers when trying to navigate their finances. With low credit scores, insufficient collateral, and limited options, they can easily get lost in a sea of debt after resorting to high-interest loans with confusing terms. Accion developed the Presto Loan to help low-income entrepreneurs get quick access to safe, affordable loans with clear terms, along with training and community support, to help them build their credit and see their business prosper.






Science Fair Outputs | The ESHIP Summit 2017 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
U.S. Treasury State Small Business Credit Initiative | U.S. Department of Treasury

U.S. Treasury State Small Business Credit Initiative

Presenter: Jeff Stout
Organization: U.S. Department of Treasury

BIG PROBLEM: To improve access to equity capital for entrepreneurs in areas with few or no resident venture capital funds.

SSBCI provided over $400 million in funding for publicly supported venture capital programs in 35 states located areas of the country where access to risk capital is scarce. This is the first time so many different publicly supported venture programs have operated under the same policy framework. Federal funding remains with states to be recycled over time, creating an opportunity to build on and improve the existing programs.