Emma Peck is a policy analyst at Engine, a nonprofit that supports the growth of technology entrepreneurship through economic research, policy analysis and advocacy on local and national issues.

 

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How Portland’s Startup Ecosystem Strives for Inclusion

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Diversity and inclusion is a priority for the Portland, Oregon startup community. Rick Turoczy, Cofounder at Portland Incubator Experiment, is a leading force in this movement and helps drive a culture of curiosity, craft and collaboration. In this interview with #StartupsEverywhere, Rick talks about Portland’s…

Why the Indiana Startup Ecosystem Is a Hidden Gem of Innovation

West Lafayette is known for housing Purdue University where you can find innovation, forward-thinking students and professors, top research labs, entrepreneurship programs. The Greater Lafayette ecosystem also has a blossoming startup tech ecosystem that is being supported and nurtured by entrepreneurial leaders, government and…

Beyond the Beach: An Inside Look at the Santa Barbara Tech Ecosystem

Among the beaches and mountains of Santa Barbara, there is an emerging tech scene that is attracting founders to the city from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Kyle Ashby, cofounder of The Sandbox Santa Barbara and StartupSB has helped launch new spaces, initiatives and…

The Challenges of Building a Startup Ecosystem in a Small Town

The town of Jackson, Tennessee, is known for it’s gorgeous Cypress Grove Nature park, Casey Jones Museum and baseball. Within the community Lisa Garner, executive director at theCO, is hard at work building a tech ecosystem and encouraging people to bring their startup ideas…

Behind the Scenes of Alaska’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Alaska is known for its majestic mountains, in fact seventeen out of 20 of the highest mountains are found in Alaska, its also home to over 3 million lakes and the Northern Lights, and dog mushing is the official state sport. What you may…

An Inside Look into the Madison, WI Entrepreneurial Hub

Madison, Wisconsin is the home to Badger football and some of the best ice cream and cheese in the country. It’s also has a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem that is seeing some significant growth in the last few years. Scott Resnick, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartingBlock, and…

Bill Kenney of CT Entrepreneur Awards on Breaking Down Silos

Bill Kenney, founder of the CT Entrepreneurial Event Calendar, CT Entrepreneurial Mentor Cooperative, and CT Entrepreneur Awards (Connecticut), is putting his all into making Connecticut into a startup hub. By launching three initiatives he is working hard to break down silos and bring everyone together towards a common…

Eric Mathews of Start Co on Building a Diverse Founder Ecosystem

Tennessee is known as the country western capital of the world. What many may not know is that there is a bubbling tech ecosystem in Memphis that is slowly but surely building up their diverse startup community and churning out some quality startups. Eric…

Courtney Klein and C’pher Gresham of SEED SPOT on Galvanizing a Community

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SEED SPOT, a Phoenix-based early-stage incubator for social ventures is nationally known for helping entrepreneurs thrive. Courtney Klein, cofounder of SEED SPOT, and C’pher Gresham, National Director of Expansion at SEED SPOT work tirelessly to help entrepreneurs of all ages connect with partners, investors,…

Linda Olson of Tampa Bay WaVe: Finding a Critical Mass of Early Adopters

Tampa Bay Startup Week: Tampa's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Is Growing Fast

Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE, is a hurricane-like force in the local ecosystem and works hard to nurture a culture that embraces the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. This time for the #StartupsEverywhere, series, she talks with me about building Tampa Bay WaVE, breaking down barriers,…

Matthew Marcus of KC Startup Foundation on the Impact of Google Fiber

Matthew Marcus, Executive Director of Kansas City Startup Foundation a leader in Kansas City is hyper-focused on bringing together the ecosystem and how the startup leveraged Google Fiber to grow their businesses. This time for the #StartupsEverywhere series, he talks with me about the impact of…

Tarik Sultan, Founder of Sultan Ventures, on Overcoming Talent Deficits

Tarik Sultan, Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, Honolulu, HI

Tarik Sultan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Sultan Ventures, an investment firm, and Founder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii (UH) venture accelerator program is an active leader in the Hawaiian startup community and focused on talent development. This time…

Scott Phillips, Cofounder of Civic Ninjas on Creating Grassroots Innovation

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Scott Phillips, cofounder of Civic Ninjas, Ignite Tulsa, and Startup Weekend Tulsa, a leader in the Tulsa community is all about putting education first to build the talent workforce and solving municipal problems with technology. This time for the #StartupsEverywhere, series, he talks with me…

Chris Heivly of The Startup Factory on Being an Underdog

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Chris Heivly, also known as the “Chief Pot-Stirrer” in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina, is the Managing Partner at The Startup Factory, a serial entrepreneur, and the cofounder of MapQuest. He’s known for kicking up the dust and finding ways to get people fired up…

Lucas Lindsey of Domi Station on Building a Diverse Ecosystem in Florida

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Startup activity is happening in the most unlikely of places. The #StartupEverywhere series, developed by Engine, is designed to celebrate these diverse, vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems growing across the U.S. These profiles will dive into the challenges faced by these communities and look at what…