Upcoming Webinars

Entrepreneurial Organizations and Economic Development - Austin to the Arctic Circle

Thursday, October 15, 1PM – 2PM EST

Catalyzing world-class economic growth: the role of local entrepreneurial organizations featuring Greg Pogue and Jonathan Alba of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.

What if I told you all you need is a napkin and a pen to create the economy of the future? Legend has it that Dr. George Kozmetsky did just that when he created his plan for Austin. The key next step was creating the IC2 Institute as a catalyst for regional economic growth. By focusing on its key assets and values, Austin transformed from a sleepy college town into a world-recognized economic hub. Today, many communities and their entrepreneurial organizations face the same problems that Austin did in the 1980’s as it began its re-invention: an ongoing economic crisis, difficulty to retain young talent, inadequate access to capital, and poor alignment of governmental, industrial, academic and social organizations to pursue coordinated economic development goals. The principles learned by IC2 show the key role entrepreneurial organizations play in economic change and growth. Among the 43 countries IC2 has shared its learnings, the stories of small cities in Northern Sweden, all near or above the Arctic Circle, are most impressive. We have studied the progress of Luleå, Piteå, Skellefteå, and Kiruna over the past eight years and will present how embracing regional values and key environmental and human assets can create organizational alignment, a fitted innovation economy, and lead the EU in key metrics.

Join this session to hear more about the role entrepreneurial organizations play to drive economic development through understanding, aligning and engaging key community values and assets. What does it mean to find the “soul of your city?” How can you drive systems level goal setting? How do you manage growing pains? We will detail best practices emerging from Austin’s journey that you can apply.

Roadmap to Corporate Engagement

Thursday, October 26, 1 PM – 2 PM EST

From, “who are you again”? to corporate sponsorship based on value creation within one year or less!! Basics of B2B sales prerequisite.

In this session, we lay out an engagement plan that starts at zero all the way to corporate sponsorship. Combining B2B sales proven methodologies, portfolio strategy, and the concepts of drip campaigns to gain your first corporate partner program.

About our speaker:
Alain R. Valiquette is the founder and CEO of AcceleratorApp.

Based on his previous experience leading and developing an accelerator and an incubator, Alain is now CEO AcceleratorApp. Previously, Alain scaled District 3 in Montreal and co-led QBIC in Qatar, both of which saw tremendous expansions during his tenure.

Alain’s experience in the startup industry began at age 19 when he started his first startup, which led to 8 other ones since then. He has been involved in classical forms of business at the beginning of his entrepreneurial career and switched over to software tech and hardware tech.

Product and marketing passionate, he focuses on the development of AcceleratorApp both as a product, and as a business, while mentoring a few startups with whom he has strong affinities.

Featured Webinars

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery

Moving towards the recovery will require a recalibration of your  Entrepreneurial Support Organization’s (ESO) business model. Rethinking everything from mission and target customers to service offerings and facility use will be necessary to enable your ESO to operate effectively in the “new normal”. In this timely webinar, Carol Lauffer of Business Cluster Development will walk through the steps for fine-tuning your ESP model and strategy in order to effectively tackle the challenges of the economic recovery and seize the upcoming opportunities.
Topics to be discussed include:
•   Recalibrating your mission and business model to the “new normal” and aligning on a path toward economic recovery
•   Focusing your program to help diversity your economy
•   Re-evaluating your target market segments and members
•   Assessing the needs of your members
•   Determining the service offerings and role of virtual services in the long term
•   Adjusting your facility for the health and safety of others
•   Marketing to reach new market segments
•   Planning budget and funding strategies for the recovery

About Our Speaker
Carol Kraus Lauffer
Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC

Carol Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development LLC, advises communities and universities on innovative strategies to drive entrepreneurship and business startup in targeted clusters and industries. Carol has assisted more than 80 communities across the U.S. Her work includes the development and implementation of plans and programs to strengthen ecosystems, support entrepreneurship and launch new businesses; commercialize technologies and move innovative products to market; and diversify regional economies.

Prior to BCD, Carol was Managing Director of Panasonic’s corporate, venture-backed incubator in Cupertino, California and a Principal in its $100 million venture fund.

Carol is a former board chair for InBIA and recipient of InBIA’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015.

Building Entrepreneur Impact at Scale in a Virtual World

Do you feel like you are spending more time than you would like in the tracking of entrepreneurs and their progress against milestones?

Are you looking for new ways to reduce the time and money needed for your entrepreneurs to realize product/market fit?

Are you looking for ways to connect mentors to your entrepreneurs regardless of their geography?

Do you have the tools to enhance mentor and coach collaboration with entrepreneurs to support success?

Do you have training and education content you would like to deliver online but you aren’t sure how?

Join Pam Hoelzle, Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Ready, as she shares best practices and a-ha moments throughout building her own startups, delivering 1:1 entrepreneur coaching, teaching entrepreneurship at the MBA-level and founding and growing a 3,000+ starter ecosystem at the University of Central Florida.

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