Connecting Startup Communities Across the Country

As we've studied startup communities outside of Silicon Valley over the last two years on upside.fm, we've found surprising similarities and differences in how they operate.

The fastest growing ecosystems have collaborative community builders within them who truly represent their stakeholders. In growing communities, these advocates perform similar roles as the Platform role within Venture firms.

In this panel, we explore what those individuals performing "platform" roles within their communities are doing well. We explore why it matters, how to foster it in your own community, and how to begin creating bridges ACROSS communities.

Come to this panel to learn and connect alongside other community leaders in startup ecosystems across the country.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Jay Clouse


Allie Felix

Embarc Collective

Victor Gutwein

M25 Ventures

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