ecosystem building

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community

By Enoch Elwell

Entrepreneurial culture is changing

There’s something exciting afoot if you look through the negative national narrative on the decline of small cities and towns across the United States. Despite suffering significant economic loss which spawns a culture of grim survival, a growing number of communities are beginning to break […]

November 20th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Resource, Starter Support|

How to Have Difficult Conversations

Conversations about inclusion in ecosystem building can be difficult because they bring up issues that may become contentious and polarizing. In Part 2 of our series on Overlooked Aspects of Inclusion in Ecosystem Building, we have a conversation with author Meg Bolger about how the art of facilitation can make these conversations more effective and productive.

September 4th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Starter Support|

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Exploring the Many Roles of Ecosystem Building

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary

As the ecosystem building approach to economic and community development gains interest and credibility, the title of “ecosystem builder” has emerged to represent a specific type of community leader. This title signifies important distinctions in the intended outcomes as well as the type […]

July 26th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, Resource, Starter Support|

Partnering with McClure Placemaking to Help Four Rural Communities

CO.STARTERS is excited to partner with McClure Placemaking to help four rural regions in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado to develop actionable blueprints to create opportunity in some of the nation’s most economically challenged rural regions.

“McClure Placemaking has an incredible model that helps rural regions create a plan and follow through on it,” said Enoch Elwell. “CO.STARTERS is […]

June 12th, 2019|News|

Networks vs. Nodes: Developing New Business Models for the Connected Age

By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary

As CO.STARTERS has worked as a leader in the emerging field of entrepreneurial ecosystem building—which is essentially about building dense networks of trust, both institutional and personal, to support entrepreneurs—we find our work positioned in the middle of a unique combination of players:

  • Grassroots leaders and local […]
May 22nd, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies|

Identifying the Stages of Community Growth

A new type of entrepreneurial culture is springing up everywhere. By better understanding the stages of community growth, local leaders can be better equipped to capitalize on common trends. CO.STARTERS founder Enoch Elwell shares a model for growth built on decades of learnings from grassroots entrepreneurial communities.

February 26th, 2018|Ecosystems + Economies|
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