Any entrepreneur can learn to create a long-term vibrant, sustainable startup community. Brad uses real-life stories to show you how.
During this workshop, you'll be matched with other participants to build relationships, collaborate using the content, and take concrete steps together towards growing a thriving startup community in your city.
It is possible to create a long-term, vibrant, sustainable startup community in any city in the world. But, the journey can be hard and takes the right kind of philosophy, approach, leadership, and dedication over a long period of time.
Brad will guide you with his experience and use real-life examples to show that any entrepreneur can and should create in their city an "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that will generate energy, activity, and innovation. The future economic progress of cities, regions, countries, and society at large is dependent on it!
Creating Your Own Circle: If you'd like to create your own private small group for this workshop with your colleagues or friends, please email as at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you coordinate.
Brad draws on his decades of experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and startup enthusiast to develop the Boulder Thesis: three key components of a framework necessary to build a healthy startup ecosystem in your city.
To launch a startup community, an entrepreneur must be inclusive, be willing to give before he or she gets, and not ego-driven in how the new community operates.
A successful startup community features a "give before you get" mentality, believes everyone is a mentor, embraces weirdness, is open to any idea, and encourages honesty.
Here you'll discover how to work through and get past the problems of hierarchy, not enough capital, too much reliance on government and the bias against newcomers, and more!
"Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries as varied as Iceland and Wales. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support.
Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field—as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities—this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more.
Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.