Exploring the Many Roles of Ecosystem Building By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader. This title signifies important distinctions in the intended outcomes as well as the [...]
By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary As CO.STARTERS has worked as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial ecosystem building—which is essentially about building dense networks of trust, both institutional and personal, to support entrepreneurs—we find our work positioned in the middle of a unique combination of players: Grassroots leaders and local ecosystem builders, [...]
Read founder Enoch Elwell's reflections on CO.STARTERS journey from a program, to a company, to a growing network.
By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary You spend a lot of your time helping new entrepreneurs get started, and you know this problem when you see it. An email pops up from a small business founder, asking you for more help with the same problem you talked about last week. They can’t seem to make [...]
By Enoch Elwell There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States. Despite suffering significant economic loss which spawns a culture of grim survival, a growing number of communities are beginning to break free of the past in an [...]
Q & A with Enoch Elwell Why is CO.STARTERS doing retreats this year instead of the normal Summit? After going to countless conferences and summits over the years, I’ve found that the most lasting value from these events is the relationships formed with fellow attendees. The things that stick with me are the conversations in [...]