Entrepreneurship in States

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Promoting entrepreneurship is a promising strategy for states to grow their regional economies. There are a number of initiatives governors can undertake to develop networks and cultures of entrepreneurship in both the urban and rural areas of their states.

This webinar describes several dynamic events and activities taking place in Washington, D.C., and a variety of places around the country – and which offer solutions for states seeking to foster entrepreneurship. The webinar further features two states – Colorado and Tennessee – offering exemplary models of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems that have evolved through state-level policies and efforts. The webinar concludes with impressions of how these activities impact entrepreneurs on the ground.

The webinar also provided a platform for highlighting a new NGA resource – the publication, “Entrepreneurship in States: Fostering a Startup-Friendly Economy,” released June 26, 2019.

Featured in this webinar are: Jason Wiens, policy director at the Kauffman Foundation; Anna Mason, partner in Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund; Dan Salvetti, Strategy and Analytics Manager for Colorado’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade; Lindsey Cox, Director of the 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival for Launch Tennessee; and LaJuanna Russell, Board Chair for Small Business Majority and CEO of Business Management Associates Inc.  The webinar was moderated by Sally Rood from NGA Solution’s Economic Opportunity Division.