Building an Innovation Ecosystem

An Economic Development View of Creating a Tech Hub. This session will take a look at the ways that public agencies can galvanize the growth of their local tech communities. We will take a look at the different types of stakeholders that are necessary to engage when building a thriving startup ecosystem and the types of programs, initiatives, and resources that have been most effective in supporting those different groups. Then, participants will hear directly from founders and mentors about the ways they have taken advantage of public sector programs and how best to engage with them. What are founders looking for from economic development groups? How do you enlist a group of expert mentors? What builds credibility and what drives impact? This interactive session will leave entrepreneurs with a better sense of the types of support available to them, and give other ecosystem builders a set of Best Practices to draw from.

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