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Gathering 2011 Breakout Session - Entrepreneurship - Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship Development - Deb Markley of RUPRI
 

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    Gathering 2011 Breakout Session - Entrepreneurship - Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship Development - Deb Markley of RUPRI Gathering 2011 Breakout Session - Entrepreneurship - Supporting Transformative Entrepreneurship Development - Deb Markley of RUPRI Presentation Transcript

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