Startup Communities: Build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

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Self-Guided Workshop

Any entrepreneur can learn to create a long-term vibrant, sustainable startup community. Brad uses real-life stories to show you how.

About This Workshop

Brad Feld - Startup Communities: Build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

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 and we'll be happy to help you coordinate.

Who should take this workshop?

Entrepreneurs, startup employees, investors and government and university officials who are interested in entrepreneurs and startups.

What is the recommended time commitment for this workshop?

20-25 minutes per session


Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Author & Venture Capitalist

Brad Feld has experienced firsthand the power of startup communities in Boulder, CO, since 1995. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987.

Prior to cofounding Foundry Group, he cofounded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate soft ware companies. Previously, Brad was an executive at AmeriData Technologies after it acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he cofounded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. Brad is also a cofounder of TechStars.

Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor, Cheezburger, Fitbit, Gnip, MakerBot, MobileDay, Modular Robotics, Oblong, Orbotix, SEOMoz, Standing Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the boards of Startup Weekend and the Application Developers Alliance.

Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts and Ask the VC. He has written three previous books: Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup; Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist; and Burning Entrepreneur: How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Start-Up On Fire!

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 22 marathons as part of his mission to run a marathon in each of the 50 states.


  • 1

    Laying a Foundation for a Thriving Startup Community

    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.

  • 2

    What Kind of Leader Launches A Startup Community?

    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.

  • 3

    The Power That Community Generates

    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.

  • 4

    Yes, You Will Encounter Problems

    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!