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Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup
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Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs - created by westartup

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westartup is a set of tools designed to supercharge local efforts for building entrepreneurial communities. …

westartup is a set of tools designed to supercharge local efforts for building entrepreneurial communities.

Some of my thinking on the subject can be found in an article I wrote for the Whiteboard magazine (How to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in 4 steps http://bit.ly/XwH0bS) and another for DataNews (Entrepreneurship: we're teaching it wrong http://bit.ly/1bDhZyZ).

If you would like to discus - or evaluate the tools for your own region - please contact me at leo.exter@westartup.eu.

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  • 1. Community tools for more effective entrepreneurship support programs Leo Exter
  • 2. We help to answer a fundamental challenge: getting more people to interact more often, to learn more from each other… with low extra cost.
  • 3. Focus for most existing programs westartup focus Basic Training Discovery Incubation Acceleration
  • 4. Use community power to - find - motivate - educate future entrepreneurs.
  • 5. Community site + real-world events help you build large, effective local (globally connected) entrepreneurial community. +
  • 6. Community site brings in new people for your community: entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.
  • 7. Community site improves projects through feedback (comments) from fellow entrepreneurs.
  • 8. Community site helps to find co-founders, create stronger (cross-functional) teams.
  • 9. Individual involvement Online community, events like Startup Weekend Introductory group sessions In-depth group workshops € 20 € 50 € 500 Equity stake Acceleration program Incubation program Combine site with events to identify and strengthen best teams Threshold (Example)
  • 10. Startups need time (and knowledge) to build their success stories.
  • 11. Mentors from the community happily share their knowledge at events – if you only need to ask.
  • 12. Does it work? Hell, yeah!* * This is how Davy would say it.
  • 13. Davy Kestens, 25. Asked questions, joined workshops, got crowd feedback… and stopped his first business. Then created a much better one.
  • 14. Sparkcentral sells to Delta and Brussels Airlines. 20+ employees in Hasselt (BE) and San Francisco. Raised over $ 17.6 MLN.
  • 15. Building community is hard work: minimum 1/5 FTE better yet a full-time person: superconnector.
  • 16. We provide the tools • Customized website: your branding, your language, your community • Six proven event formats
  • 17. Example from Lithuania: - Lithuanian- language site - Own branding Over 760 members today.
  • 18. Example of a “vertical” site: - Focus on digital health startups - Own branding Over 1200 members today.
  • 19. Stay in touch with your entire community with automated emails, invite them to your events.
  • 20. Keep track of interactions, measure success.
  • 21. Our simple, low-cost event formats: - Pitch Night - Startup BarCamp - Topical workshops - Member Nights - Circle of Growth - Investor Match
  • 22. Let’s talk. @westartup Leo Exter leo@westartup.eu +32477457539

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