Roadshow from Coast to Coast

Apr 19, 2019 by The . Topics include , , , , , , , ,

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          One of the wonderfully validating things that happens here at is how often other communities and ecosystem builders reach out to us wanting to know what works and what doesn’t work in a collaborative work space, and we get to share that story locally and around the world. Our story begins with a sense of place and a community of people that want to improve the world.  From investors, to entrepreneurs, to code school students to those serving our country, what it really comes down to is the people.  It’s the people that make spaces like ours work. Our staff here at keeps the community engaged and our membership keeps growing. Our mentors volunteer weekly with office hours, advice, introductions, or just a quick chat over a cup of coffee (or beer!) Industry partners support our endeavors with donations, behind-the-scenes field trips and job consideration for those who graduate from our programs. It’s a collaborative intersection of interesting people doing amazing things on a daily basis like a community club for learners and leaders, funders and founders…hence

          That being said, springtime is a season to share what we have done and learn from peers in accelerators and coworking spaces around the country. This is also a time to celebrate with support networks who encourage the efforts to help communities thrive and provide economic independence for all. Eric Parker and I set out on a roadshow of sorts in March. The road show kicked off in Portland at Startup Champions Network and then to a webinar to launch Make Startups for ecosystem builders. Next stop was Washington DC for a week of meetings with policy makers to support entrepreneurship.  We have just returned from panel discussions on sustainable ecosystems at Tom Tom Festival and InBia where we led a workshop for accelerators and incubators.  Between ESHIP endeavors and speaking gigs at Collision in Toronto, we continue to meet with investors coast-to-coast about supporting our startups and ecosystem for scaling businesses.  The road show ends with NOMCON and our peers across the river in Tennessee.

           Entrepreneurship is hard, there is no shortcut for hard work.  It takes a little (of a lot of) grit, a little luck, showing up, and a mesh network of organizations who can provide the foundation for startups, technologists, creatives, free-lancers, makers, and telecommuters to thrive.  What’s exciting about the road-show-of-sorts is getting to hear new ideas, meet other ecosystem builders, and bring back resources to help our community grow. Looking forward to sharing more when the suitcases are unpacked!


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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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