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How to Build Entrepreneurship Communities

#sxsw #BEComm

Why do some tech communities thrive while other fail? What can you do to start, fix or grow your city's startup scene?This panel will take a grounded look at the key ingredients of successful startup communities in any geography. We'll look the role that events, spaces, accelerators, VC, angels, universities, and government play in the equation, and we'll dissect the intangibles as well - including culture, philosophy, mentorship, education, and more. We'll also have some time at the end for audience questions. Panelists include Brad Feld, Paige Craig, Mark Davis, Nick Seguin, Marc Nager and Andrew Yang. This session is sponsored by Kohort.


Andrew Yang Founder & Pres Venture For America

Brad Feld Managing Dir Foundry Group

Marc Nager CEO Startup Weekend

Mark Davis CEO & Co-Founder Kohort

CEO @Kohort
Venture Partner @High Peaks Venture Partners
Founder @ColumbiaVC & NewYorkVC

Nick Seguin Mgr of Entrepreneurship Kauffman Foundation

Nick has a combination of entrepreneurial experience and wide-angle exposure to founders, funders and startup ecosystems. He is a partner at Dynamit, a Columbus, Ohio-based digital consultancy and agency building strategy, applications and infrastructure, where he focuses on strategy and business development. He is on the Board of Directors at Startup Weekend and has been organizing events since 2008. Nick is also the Manager of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – the largest foundation committed to entrepreneurship. With an endowment of nearly $2 billion, Kauffman is a global leader in the research and development of entrepreneurial economies. At the Foundation Nick focuses on building, funding and deploying initiatives focused on high-growth startups across many sectors.

Nick is a popular speaker on entrepreneurial communities and startup team building. He is a mentor with a number of accelerators, an advisor to startups and an angel investor.

Nick studied marketing and international business at Miami University and spent time at the school's Luxembourg campus.

Paige Craig CEO & Cofounder

Shane Reiser Dir Kohort

Director of Community at @Kohort. Co-Founder @StartupGenome. Previous COO and forever volunteer @StartupWeekend.

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