1 Million Cups | Taking place on Wednesday mornings in over 115 cities across the country, 1 Million Cups is a free program that brings together entrepreneurs and their communities over coffee and conversations. During each event, one to two entrepreneurs share their journey, including challenges and successes, to the audience which is followed by a Q&A session centered around the question, "What can we as a community do to help you?" 1MC events are always free and open to the community to attend and participate.
500 Startups | 500 Startups is a Silicon Valley-based organization that invests in and accelerates early-stage technology companies. We are a global team with presence in over 10 countries and over 1,800 investments in over 20 countries. In addition to supporting startups, we create programs that strengthen the ecosystem, such as mentorship, investor education, and corporate training programs.
Angel Capital Association (ACA) | The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is the professional association of angel investors across North America and offers education, best practices, public policy advocacy, and significant benefits and resources to its membership of more than 13,000 accredited investors, who invest individually or through 240 angel groups, accredited platforms, and family offices. For more information, visit: www.angelcapitalassociation.org or at @ACAAngelCapital.
ACA's members are in all 50 American states and 6 Canadian provinces. These angels are proud to be part of their local innovation ecosystems, and look forward to new ways of working together to support high growth, innovative startups with financial and intellectual capital.
ACA has a series of services and events that are open to the broader ecosystem, particularly educational webinars and the Knowledge Center on our website. The ACA Summit, the world's largest professional development event for angels, is also open to ecosystem leaders.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) | The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global membership network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) | The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy. AUTM's more than 3,200 members represent managers of intellectual property from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals around the world as well as numerous businesses and government organizations.
Babson Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project (BEEP) | In 2010, Daniel Isenberg created the intervention-oriented Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform (BEEP), which launches and operates regional economic development projects to demonstrate with tangible impact on economic indicators that the critical economic development variable of entrepreneurship is not how many new firms are started, but how many firms start new growth. BEEP’s underlying premise is that regional economic growth is positively stimulated by more local companies growing (scaling up) more and more rapidly, and that an “ecosystem” aligned with this objective is needed to systematize, scale, and sustain the growth. To this end, BEEP has developed concepts and methodologies intended to motivate a broad range of actors to recognize and support new growth, each in ways specific to those stakeholders, and each of which addresses those stakeholders’ idiosyncratic needs. BEEP’s modus operandi has been to demonstrate the regional economic impact of achieving new growth in a critical mass of regional firms, while simultaneously stimulating the growth-driven engagement of the ecosystem actors.
Blackstone Foundation | Founded in 2007, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship globally. By leveraging the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, the Foundation empowers entrepreneurs, generates job growth, and supports the communities in which we live and work.
Case Foundation | The Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. Established by tech pioneers Jean and Steve Case, we apply a Be Fearless approach to catalyzing movements around social innovation. We are currently working to catalyze two movements: impact investing and inclusive entrepreneurship.
- Impact Investing: At the Case Foundation, we envision a future where all business is responsible and all investing is with intentionality. We look to continue our work to scale the impact investing ecosystem by driving more actors—across different investor segments—to engage, supporting and scaling a burgeoning data driven ecosystem and building necessary on-ramps for a wider range of investors, asset owners and catalytic actors.
- Inclusive Entrepreneurship: We are committed to expanding our support to democratize entrepreneurship by reducing barriers to entrepreneurship faced by diverse founders, scaling local pilots into national programs serving women and entrepreneurs of color and focusing on entrepreneurship ecosystems that are intentional around inclusion. By increasing access to social capital, financial capital and inspiration capital for diverse entrepreneurs, we are building a world where all entrepreneurs have an equal opportunity to succeed, no matter their race, gender, or geography.
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship | The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship’s mission is to help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting and empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With our roots and hearts in rural America, we help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity. Our Solution Area Teams—Entrepreneurial Communities; Community Development Philanthropy; LOCUS Impact Investing—empower community leaders and place-focused foundations to find their own answers to the economic development and philanthropic challenges and opportunities they face.
Change Catalyst | Change Catalyst empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation—through education, mentorship and funding. Our Tech Inclusion programs explore and develop innovative solutions to tech diversity and inclusion. We partner with the tech community to solve diversity and inclusion together through conferences, career fairs, strategic consulting and training. Our work spans the full tech ecosystem, including: Education, Workplace, Entrepreneurship and Policy. Our Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program supports and showcases early stage underrepresented entrepreneurs. Our highly vetted early stage entrepreneurs receive funding opportunities, introductions to key investors, mentorship, curriculum, storytelling, networking opportunities and more.
CO.STARTERS | CO.STARTERS has extensive experience equipping local leaders, problem solvers, and unconventional starters with the best tools and resources needed to accelerate culture and empower communities. We help communities build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems in three ways. First, we connect community leaders with one another to collaboratively solve problems and identify solutions, thus exponentially increasing their effectiveness. Second, we connect communities with proven models and tools. By partnering with the most innovative leaders in the nation, CO.STARTERS curates the best tools for startup communities and connects leaders to them to better serve the specific needs of their communities. Third, we develop our own programs and tools to address gaps in entrepreneurial ecosystems and help communities better support their entrepreneurs, including underserved populations. Our flagship offering is a nine-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.
Communities of the Future (COTF) | Communities of the Future (COTF) is a self-organizing network of people, organizations and communities in forty-seven states and twelve countries that has evolved since 1989 to help prepare local communities for a different kind of future that will be constantly changing, interconnected, interdependent, and increasingly complex. As a result, all of the work of COTF is research and development for what is called "comprehensive community transformation." A key emphasis of the work of COTF is to collaborate with local areas to learn how to develop "capacities for transformation" and build ecosystems able to promote and spread transformational thinking and action. Ongoing ideas (capacities) that have emerged from this work of twenty-eight years are Transformational Learning/Future Forward College; Transformational Leadership/Master Capacity Builder; Creative Molecular Economy; Mobile Collaborative Governance and Polycentric Democracy; "pH Ecosystem (Preventive Healthcare Ecosystem); and Second Enlightenment. A recent book, "Preparing for a World That Doesn't Exist - Yet," introduces and develops each of these concepts.
Edward Lowe Foundation | Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that advocates entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic growth and community development. As an operating foundation, we use our endowment to run programs, rather than give grants, and our focus is on second-stage entrepreneurs—companies beyond the startup phase that seek significant, steady growth. Key programs:
- Educational retreats, held at the Foundation’s headquarters in southwest Michigan, that help second-stage leaders and staff with strategic direction and leadership development.
- PeerSpectives, a unique CEO roundtable format that enhances leadership abilities and improves decision-making.
- Economic Gardening®, which provides second-stagers with customized, strategic information in five areas: core strategy, market dynamics, qualified sales leads, innovation and temperament.
- Companies to Watch®, an awards program recognizing high-performing second-stagers, which is currently conducted in Colorado, Florida and Michigan.
We also work with communities and other support organizations to help them better understand how to work with second-stage entrepreneurs and develop the kind of supportive culture they need to flourish.
In addition, the Foundation has a mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historic structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan.
Endeavor Global | Endeavor is leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement around the world. We work to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide. Our research team, Endeavor Insight, also conducts city-level studies on how founders become successful individually at their firms and collectively within networks or ecosystems. From these studies, we identify how policymakers, philanthropic leaders, and entrepreneurship support organizations can best foster the growth of entrepreneurs in their communities.
Engine | Engine supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy on local and national issues. Founded in 2011 to harness the political power of the startup and tech communities, Engine is a policy, advocacy, and research organization supporting startups as an engine for economic growth. Engine’s nation-wide network of advisors, supporters, and members includes entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists, technologists and technology policy experts.
Kauffman FastTrac | Kauffman FastTrac® aims to lower the barriers to entrepreneurship by providing practical learning materials, delivered online and via teaching partners, to entrepreneurs. In doing so, FastTrac will encourage and equip more people to start businesses, contributing to increased startup activity nationwide.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City | The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City support entrepreneurship led economic development through its Community Development Department. It provides information, convening's, and speakers on the topic. This includes a bi-annual entrepreneurship led development conference, and the support of ecosystem work around the region and nation.
Forward Cities | Forward Cities is a multi-city, national learning collaborative that seeks to develop more inclusive innovation ecosystems in our nation’s cities. In its first two years, Forward Cities sought to advance this work in partnership with four cities: Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, and Durham. Drawing on this work and through the support of the Case Foundation and Kresge Foundation, Forward Cities is now working to develop a set of case studies on this work, codify a toolkit for cities interested in fostering inclusive innovation ecosystems, strengthen efforts to grow the number of locally, minority owned enterprises in the original four Forward Cities, and build a national learning platform and convening strategy with partner organizations to carry this work to many more cities across the country.
Global Accelerator Network (GAN) | 6 continents, 100+ cities, 70+ accelerators—1 standard for entrepreneurial excellence. At the Global Accelerator Network, we set the bar for startup accelerators and founders with our short-term, mentorship-based programs and guidelines.
Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) | The Global Entrepreneurship Network provides a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world.
Ranging from efforts to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs to advancing research and connecting global leaders in person, GEN operates in all types of economies and cultures.
The globalization of entrepreneurship has brought an explosion of programs, startup communities and investment into a new field where there is a paucity of data around what works and what does not in supporting nascent entrepreneurs and new firms forming and trying to scale. Traditional business, education and government leaders have been eager champions, but they need more sophisticated tools, programs and research to help them most efficiently direct their attention and funds to areas that have the greatest impact on future economic growth.
GEN is a compass to help address these needs by identifying effective initiatives that positively impact whole societies, and interventions that target the most critical areas for entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) USA | Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a 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 engages hundreds of thousands of Americans—and millions more in 170 countries around the world—through local, national and global activities, events and competitions designed to help them explore and reach their entrepreneurial potential.
Thousands of activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introduce participants to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. U.S. partners include hundreds of universities, chambers of commerce, government entities, community groups and other organizations that make it possible for startup ecosystems to flourish.
Launched in 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week is made possible by support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Go Daddy | GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and more than 71 domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their ideas, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work.
GoDaddy’s vision is to radically shift the global economy toward life fulfilling independent ventures. We live our vision by providing our customers the tools, insights and the people to transfer their ideas and personal initiative into success, however they measure it.
GoDaddy GoCommunities is GoDaddy’s social impact program equipping entrepreneurs in low-income communities with training, tools and peer networks to accelerate their journeys. Starting in the United States, in 2017, GoDaddy is partnering with leading nonprofits to roll out two community-based pilots in Phoenix, AZ and Cedar Rapids, IA; one virtual pilot with Kiva U.S. and locally-driven skills-based volunteer efforts nationwide.
Google for Entrepreneurs | Google for Entrepreneurs provides financial support and the best of Google's resources to dozens of co-working spaces and community programs across 140 countries. We also create Campuses: physical hubs where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. To learn more about Google for Entrepreneurs, visit google.com/entrepreneurs or follow us on G+ and Twitter.