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Global Entrepreneurship Week - A Catalyst to Growing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem


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In this NACCE Webinar you will learn how Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tulsa Community College has successfully grown their Global Entrepreneurship Week events into an emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Since introducing Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Business Model Competition five years ago, the entrepreneurial landscape of Tulsa has grown into being nationally recognized as a leader at growing entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship Week - A Catalyst to Growing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

  1. 1. Global Entrepreneurship Week A Catalyst to Growing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Presented by Sean Griffin, Entrepreneurial Program Developer [email_address] Kristen Bergman, Entrepreneurial Thought Leader [email_address]
  2. 2. Sean Griffin , CEO and Founder, Vizalution Tulsa Economic Development Commissioner Chair of Entrepreneurial Initiatives Chair of Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week TCC Entrepreneurial Program Director Visual Thinking Entrepreneur, StartUp Mixologist, Graphic Facilitator, & Silicon Valley Transplant
  3. 3. Kristen Bergman , President of Vizalution Tulsa Community College Launch Captain Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week Project Manager Tulsa Collaboratorium Board Member Marketing and Branding, Relationship Manager, Business Development, and Silicon Valley Transplant
  4. 4. <ul><li>Serving Tulsa and the surrounding area since 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Consistently ranked in the two percent of community colleges in the number of associate degrees awarded </li></ul><ul><li>Oklahoma’s largest two year college serving over 27,000 students a year </li></ul><ul><li>65% of Tulsa County students begin their college education at Tulsa Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on preparing students for advanced studies or career preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Has four campuses in operation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Visual Thinking Company Group Processes Organizational Change Entrepreneurial Programming Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Performance Cultures
  6. 6. Heritage of Entrepreneurialism
  7. 7. High Level Risk Takers
  8. 8. A Great City Grew
  9. 9. The World Has Changed
  10. 10. What We Were Rewarded For In The Past Is Not Necessarily What We Will Be Rewarded For Today And Into The Future
  11. 11. <ul><li>Like Many Cities Today, The Focus Is On Retaining Businesses First And Growing Businesses Second </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Here is the thing. . . </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>From 1980–2005, Firms Less Than Five Years Old Accounted For All Net Job Growth In The </li></ul><ul><li>United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Business Dynamics Statistics Briefing: Jobs Created from Business Startups in the </li></ul><ul><li>United States, January 2009 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Time to Think Different
  15. 15. Former Mayor Kathy Taylor Strong Entrepreneurial Commitment
  16. 16. Smart Courageous Visionary Influential
  17. 17. Made commitment to support growing a culture of startups
  18. 18. Visited Kauffman Foundation
  19. 19. Inspired to Create Tulsa’s First
  20. 20. Formed Small Team of Seven
  21. 22. StartUp Environment Observed Aspiring Entrepreneurs Little or No Experience Viable Business Ideas Talent and Resources Low Barrier to Entry The Desire
  22. 23. Need StartUp Tailored Coaching Support
  23. 24. Proposed Business Model Competition To Kick-Off First TulsaGEW
  24. 25. First Response Mayor Taylor Loved It! Others Unsure Some Bet Against it. . .
  25. 26. Sometimes You Have To Show What Is Possible Before People Are Able To Embrace It
  26. 27. The Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Business Model Competition Was Born As the Flagship of TulsaGEW
  27. 29. SpiritBank Becomes Founding Sponsor Over $100,000 in Cash & Prizes $30,000 Cash - First Place $5,000 Cash - Second Place $2,500 Cash - Third Place
  28. 30. Coaching and Mentoring-Based Business Model Competition Three Rounds of Judging Two Rounds of Coaching
  29. 31. Caught the Imagination of Local Community
  30. 32. Over 100 Business Models Submitted
  31. 33. First Year Winning Business Model Now An Inc. 500 Company
  32. 34. TulsaGEW Gains Traction
  33. 35. Year 2
  34. 36. Have Good Momentum To Build On
  35. 37. Expanded TulsaGEW Team Service Providers Higher Education Entrepreneurs
  36. 38. Spirit Award Kick-Off In April Eight Month Entrepreneurial PR Machine Driving To TulsaGEW In November
  37. 39. Started Looking for Opportunities To Expand Coaching For Entrepreneurs The Collaboratorium Business Model Development Incubator Born
  38. 40. First Annual Tulseys Created As The Crescendo Event of TulsaGEW MTV And Webby Award Inspired Celebration To Recognize Entrepreneurs
  39. 41. TulsaGEW Grows Into A Full Week Of Entrepreneurial Activities Spirit Award Celebration Coaching-Based Lunches The Tulseys Networking Events
  40. 42. Entrepreneurs & Community Energized/Excited
  41. 43. Year 3
  42. 44. TulsaGEW Getting Bigger Starting To See Synergies And Increase In People Wanting to Start StartUps
  43. 45. How To Improve?
  44. 47. Expanding TulsaGEW Events Daily Coaching Lunches Breakfast Networking Resource Center Crawl Spirit Award The Tulseys Startup Weekend
  45. 48. Over 1,000 People Attend TulsaGEW Events In 2009
  46. 49. Year 4
  47. 50. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Emerges Start Quantifying Impact
  48. 51. Growing New Coaching Programs
  49. 52. Idea To Operating Business in Sixteen Weeks
  50. 53. Spirit Award Becomes
  51. 54. Tulsa Ecosystem Includes
  52. 55. Startup Weekend Tulsa Kicks-Off TulsaGEW 2010
  53. 56. Expanding TulsaGEW Events Daily Coaching Lunches Breakfast Networking Resource Center Crawl Spirit Award The Tulseys Startup Weekend
  54. 57. A Culture of StartUps Becomes Real
  55. 58. Year 5
  56. 59. The Impact Is Impressive
  57. 60. Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs
  58. 61. Business Model Focused StartUps
  59. 62. More Coaches and Mentors
  60. 63. Increase In Women-Founded StartUps
  61. 64. Since 2007, the impact of GEW activities on the Tulsa region is impressive:   Startups Inspired – 637 Entrepreneurs inspired to act upon their dreams and start a start-up! Startups Operating – 64 new companies in operation Jobs Created – 269 new jobs created Added Yearly Payroll – $12,376,358 Funding Secured – Over $14,875,000 Resource Growth – Collaboratorium, Forge, FabLab Tulsa, Research Wizard, SourceLink, Cowboy Bootcamp, Tulsa Community College Launch, SeedStep Angels, Tulsa StartUp Weekend.   Strategic Partners Engaged – 182 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, public leaders Events Generated – 62 tailored experiential coaching/mentoring sessions and events Event Attendance – 4,350 citizens from Tulsa community participated in events
  62. 65. TulsaGEW Bigger Than Ever
  63. 66. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Must Have A Small Committed Team Of Doers </li></ul><ul><li>Start Small And Grow Each Year </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Service Providers And Higher Ed </li></ul><ul><li>Focus On The Needs Of The Entrepreneur </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Local Business Leaders As Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Focus On Business Model Development </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace Grassroots Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Create A Business Model Competition </li></ul>
  64. 67. Lessons Learned Continued <ul><li>Secure A High Profile Fundraising Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Others To Help </li></ul><ul><li>Listen To And Identify Needs of Entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor To Community Needs - Think Outside Box </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial-Driven Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Have Fun! </li></ul>
  65. 68. Extraordinary Results
  66. 69. Partnering to Expand Entrepreneurial Programming Nationwide
  67. 70. Learn More @ Tulsa Global Entrepreneurship Week StartUp Tulsa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Business Model Competition Launch StartUp Business Model Coaching Program Tulsa Collaboratorium Vizalution Tulsa Community College Sean Griffin - [email_address] Kristen Bergman - [email_address]