ecosystem building

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community By Enoch Elwell Entrepreneurial culture is changing 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 [...]

2019-11-20T16:39:46-05:00November 20th, 2019|

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Conversations about inclusion in ecosystem building can be difficult because they bring up issues that may become contentious and polarizing. In Part 2 of our series on Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, we have a conversation with author Meg Bolger about how the art of facilitation can make these conversations more effective and productive.

2019-09-06T10:56:40-04:00September 4th, 2019|

Including the 50+

People over 50 are likely to be overlooked as potential entrepreneurs, yet also make up a growing percentage of new entrepreneurs. A program created by AARP Foundation is helping communities tap into the potential of these founders and help them succeed.

2019-09-24T15:03:49-04:00August 16th, 2019|

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

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 [...]

2019-07-31T11:42:00-04:00July 26th, 2019|

Partnering with McClure Placemaking to Help Four Rural Communities

CO.STARTERS is excited to partner with McClure Placemaking to help four rural regions in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado to develop actionable blueprints to create opportunity in some of the nation’s most economically challenged rural regions. “McClure Placemaking has an incredible model that helps rural regions create a plan and follow through on it,” said [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:47-04:00June 12th, 2019|

Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age

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, [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:14-04:00May 22nd, 2019|