Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship DevelopmentWhat’s it take?<br />Deb Markley<br />RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepr...
A Decade of Learning<br />What makes a region entrepreneurial?<br />Systems approach – connecting the dots within the comm...
Systems Approach<br />Entrepreneur focused – meeting entrepreneurs where they are; responsive to their demand<br />Pipelin...
Entrepreneurial Culture<br />Youth engagement – early exposure to eship education; demonstrating opportunities to “come ho...
Sustainability<br />Entrepreneurship = economic development – allocate resources accordingly<br />Measuring success - bein...
What’s it take for entrepreneurship to be transformative?<br />Get serious about connecting entrepreneurs to demand<br />P...
What’s it take?<br />Get better at helping entrepreneurs build businesses, not just start them<br />Peer support and coach...
What’s it take?<br />Get serious about building the entrepreneurial culture<br />Collaboration for mutual benefit: Project...
Questions?<br />
Provocative Questions<br />In terms of transformative entrepreneurship development in the region, what’s working well? Wha...
Going Forward<br />What more do you need to learn to be effective partners and supporters?<br />What additional capacity o...
Contact Info<br />Deb Markley<br />deb@e2mail.org<br />919-932-7762<br />www.energizingentrepreneurs.org<br />
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Gathering 2011 Breakout Session - Entrepreneurship - Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship Development - Deb Markley of RUPRI

  1. 1. Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship DevelopmentWhat’s it take?<br />Deb Markley<br />RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship<br />
  2. 2. A Decade of Learning<br />What makes a region entrepreneurial?<br />Systems approach – connecting the dots within the community and the region; seeing the whole; thinking regionally<br />Entrepreneurial culture – shifting mindsets and changing conversations<br />Sustainability - ability to continually invest and adapt to new opportunities and challenges; regional anchor institutions<br />
  3. 3. Systems Approach<br />Entrepreneur focused – meeting entrepreneurs where they are; responsive to their demand<br />Pipeline approach – wide and deep mouth of the pipeline; process for moving through the pipeline<br />Not just another program – holistic; interconnected <br />Collaboration among resource providers – offers “no wrong door” and leads to “hard referrals”<br />Hub – someone helping make connections; “network weaver”<br />Regionally asset based – connected to community and regional assets<br />
  4. 4. Entrepreneurial Culture<br />Youth engagement – early exposure to eship education; demonstrating opportunities to “come home”<br />Holding up entrepreneurial role models – shifting mindsets of what’s possible; “taking a job” vs. “making a job”; mentoring<br />Community support for entrepreneurs – from buy local to recognition to public policy<br />
  5. 5. Sustainability<br />Entrepreneurship = economic development – allocate resources accordingly<br />Measuring success - being able to make the value case for continued investment; being able to correct and change course as needed<br />Homegrown development resources – encouraging give back, strategic endowment building, vehicles for building community wealth<br />Shifting to an investment mentality – how can we invest in ways that build more wealth that can be re-invested … <br />
  6. 6. What’s it take for entrepreneurship to be transformative?<br />Get serious about connecting entrepreneurs to demand<br />Providing information: Economic Gardening model<br />Creating virtual clusters: KS Opportunity Innovation Network<br />Connecting to value chains: ACENet, Rural Action…<br />
  7. 7. What’s it take?<br />Get better at helping entrepreneurs build businesses, not just start them<br />Peer support and coaching: Dakota Rising<br />Service provider coaching: Greenstone Group; Entrepreneurial League System<br />Community E coaches: Kansas Farm Bureau initiative<br />
  8. 8. What’s it take?<br />Get serious about building the entrepreneurial culture<br />Collaboration for mutual benefit: Project Synergy in Georgia; economic development in Ord Nebraska<br />Leadership by anchor institutions: North Iowa Area Community College; youth and eship endowments in rural Nebraska community foundations<br />
  9. 9. Questions?<br />
  10. 10. Provocative Questions<br />In terms of transformative entrepreneurship development in the region, what’s working well? What have you figured out or perfected?<br />What could be working better? Where are you getting stuck?<br />What role does your funding community play now?<br />What role should you play?<br />
  11. 11. Going Forward<br />What more do you need to learn to be effective partners and supporters?<br />What additional capacity or discussions are needed?<br />What resources can be tapped to continue the learning process?<br />What’s the best way for this learning to happen?<br />What role can AFN or the AFN Eship Learning Group play in furthering a learning and capacity building agenda?<br />
  12. 12. Contact Info<br />Deb Markley<br />deb@e2mail.org<br />919-932-7762<br />www.energizingentrepreneurs.org<br />

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