Key Takeaways

Attendees share overall learnings from the inaugural ESHIP Summit.


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The Future of Entrepreneurship: An ESHIP Summit Recap | Galvanize

Knowledge, drive and grit know no racial or socioeconomic boundaries. If ecosystem builders can intentionally extend entrepreneurship into "have-not" communities, we can positively impact our economy and, perhaps even more importantly, the people who deserve a chance to succeed.
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A Look Back at the 2017 ESHIP Summit | CO.STARTERS

Economic development means looking beyond siloed organizations' success metrics and instead creating integrated systems to help entrepreneurs of all kinds thrive.
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10 Insights from the Inaugural Summit | Jenn Gustetic

NASA's Jenn Gustetic shares her key takeaways from the convening.
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Cotton Candy Milk: Lessons Learned in Kansas City | Ryan Lilly

Innovator Ryan Lilly calls the ESHIP Summit "exactly what ecosystem builders needed." Read more about his experience in Kansas City.
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10 Ways to Break Down Barriers for Entrepreneurs | Sarah Morgan, NationSwell

How do you build a thriving community of entrepreneurs? Ecosystem builders share their top tips for energizing entrepreneurship in their communities, no matter where in the world that is.
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9 Takeaways from Ecosystem Builders | Sarah Mote, SourceLink

When entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders work together, challenge their biases and inspire leadership, communities and economies transform. It's already happening in Kansas City.
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An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Needs a Collaborative Culture | Kerry Anderson

Kerry Anderson, author of Entrepreneurship: It's Everybody's Business, and more than 400 entrepreneurship advocates worldwide agree: Any community, no matter how big or small, has the capacity to develop an entrepreneur ecosystem.
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The Impact of Ecosystem Builders

The impact created at the ESHIP Summit expands beyond the three-day conference in Kansas City.


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A New Builder is Transforming the Entrepreneurship Landscape | Victor H. Hwang, CityLab

Victor W. Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, stresses the importance of a new economic model that infuses entrepreneurship into the American economy. It starts with ecosystem builders.
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Ecosystem Builders Forge New Economic Model | Bobby Burch, Startland News

Not only does diversity and inclusion pay dividends in the health and growth of the American economy, but it's the right thing to do. Ecosystem builders need to be cognizant of who is—and isn't—sitting at the table.
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A Challenge for Ecosystem Builders | Christa Ouderkirk Franzi, Camoin Associates

How does quality of place contribute to the shared identity and culture of an entrepreneurial ecosystem? An economic development consultant challenges ecosystem builders to consider what role the physical environment plays when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs.
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Communities

Read how ecosystem builders from across the United States plan to implement what they learned at the ESHIP Summit in their own communities.


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Texas Goes to KC for the ESHIP Summit | Joshua Baer, Austin Startups

Joshua Baer from Capital Factory learns how to further support entrepreneurial growth.
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Supporting Startups in Montana's Wide Open Spaces | Sarah Morgan, NationSwell

Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, supports local tech entrepreneurs and tells the stories of their unlikely success in an unlikely place far from Silicon Valley.
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There's Always Something to Do in Brownsville | Sarah Morgan, NationSwell

Eva Garcia, ecosystem builder and city planner, uses entrepreneurship and collaboration to capitalize on the potential of her Texas city.
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When Entrepreneurship is the Only Option | Sarah Morgan, NationSwell

Geraud Staton, founder of Helius Foundation, supports under-resourced entrepreneurs in Durham, Alabama, with free coaching and mentoring to help his community flourish again.
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Bringing It Back Home to Tucson, Arizona | Brooke McDonald, LeadLocal

Brooke McDonald, CEO and co-founder of LeadLocal, identifies four pillars of effective ecosystem building.
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10 Black Innovators Making Waves in Kansas City | Felecia Hatcher, Huffington Post

Felecia Hatcher, author, startup advisor and co-founder of Code Fever/Black Tech Week, highlights ten inspirational stories of black startup founders and entrepreneurs working toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in KC.
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The Hunt for an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | Ron Knox, CityLab

Entrepreneur Vewiser Dixon has big plans for Kansas City's jazz district, but economic development in his neighborhood has been a challenge.
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Rural Communities' Untapped Potential for Growth | Don Macke, Governing

Rural communities have valuable assets that make them fertile ground for startups. To tap those assets, community members must focus on building entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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ESHIP Series

Read startup and small business advisor Anika Horn's experiences at the ESHIP Summit.


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ESHIP Series: The Startup Ecosystems of the Future | Anika Horn

What is the future we want to live in, and how do we get there? Attendees explore these questions and more at this year's ESHIP Summit.
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ESHIP Series: Big-Picture Thinking and Self-Reflectedness | Anika Horn

To create ultimate impact, we must remember to get out of our comfort zones and stay hungry to always learn more.
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ESHIP Series: Making and Breaking Startup Ecosystems | Anika Horn

What makes or breaks a productive startup ecosystem? Ecosystem builders from across the country work to build it, arts and crafts style.
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ESHIP Series: So You Think You're an Ecosystem Builder... | Anika Horn

What's an ecosystem builder? This description outlines skills and training for the ecosystem builders of the future.
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ESHIP Series: How to Run a Great Show | Anika Horn

Firestarters. Feathers. Yoga. Art. These things, along with frank conversations, make a conference uncommon.
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