These are rapidly changing and uncertain times – and, understandably, very unsettling for us all. For our entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem builders, the challenges and stresses are great, yet also represent opportunities to refine approaches and improve what we all do for others. To help all of us manage through this uncertainty, we hope to regularly join together as a community to share tools, tips, and in many cases, offer support for those in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
We hope those of you that work to build and support startups in your communities will join with us online in a weekly webinar program aimed to generate thought and discussion around shared resources in this new global reality. If you have a topic to share, please contact Wendy Kennedy.
Please invite your networks to join in — share this invitation with everyone in your community.
Let’s make it a meeting place to lift us all up.
Webinar #1 – March 24th @ 11am ET – Tools to Navigate the New Startup and Incubation Realities
— Mark Long – University of Florida
Mark Long is known to all of us as an incubation thought leader. For the past week, Mark has been on the front lines at The Hub at UF, helping startups and staff work through the difficult decisions COVID-19 has dealt them. In this webinar, Mark will share his tools, templates and advice to manage in this crisis situation.
Webinar #1B – March 27th at 11am ET – Coaching Entrepreneurs in a Virtual Setting – Wendy Kennedy, WKI
(Apologies for the odd numbering.)
This webinar is being added to the line up to support to the WKI Certified Coach community. WKI Certified Coaches will be given preference to the spaces available, but there should be room for others as well. Everyone interested is invited to join in and share their knowledge. Wendy will engage coaches in conversation about different approaches to using the WKI Entrepreneurial Ideation Program and tools in a virtual setting. Use of the WKI online toolkit will also be discussed.
Webinar #2 – March 31st @ 11am ET – Bootstrapping for Startups
— John Hanak – WKI/NRP
As capital tightens, what options are available to help startups finance their growth? John Hanak will kick off this conversation with some practical tools and advice to help your clients adjust to the new financial realities for investors and entrepreneurs.
Webinar #3 – April 7th @ 11am ET – Going Virtual Fast
— Karl LaPan – The NIIC
Join Karl for this first hand account of transitioning the NIIC from offering a wide range of high touch services to delivering service quality virtually. This conversation will include a wide range of strategic and operational decisions that have often difficult and wide reaching impacts.
Webinar #4 – April 14th @ 11am ET – eGauge™ – Making Your Entrepreneurial Support Organization World-Class
— John Hanak & Wendy Kennedy. WKI
eGauge is a tool for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. The goal of the eGauge tool is to allow you to assess the activities of your organization and understand how they benchmark against industry comparisons. Join us to discuss ecosystem building and take away a beta copy of this tool.
Webinar #5 – April 21st @ 11am ET – Clusters: A Focused Strategy in Uncertain Times
— Carol Lauffer, Principal – Business Cluster Development
Targeting clusters is a focused, efficient and effective strategy for assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in uncertain times. Join cluster expert, Carol Lauffer, to learn about clusters, why they matter for economic development, how to select clusters to target in your community, and moving beyond traditional industry clusters using a cluster-based approach to assist underserved communities and women entrepreneurs.
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(Please note you only need to register once and you will receive invites to all of the webinars.)