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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Why Santa Fe Attracts Talent in the Creative Arts

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New Mexico is known for being a location host to the Hollywood film industry. From films like Sicario and No Country for Old Men, to TV shows such as Breaking Bad and the latest installation of Meow Wolf, this state consistently welcomes the creative…

Why Millennials Are Moving to Downtown Cleveland

What was once the 5th largest city in the country is now a midsize city with a small town feel. The people of Cleveland, Ohio take great pride in building their city and supporting the businesses in their hometown. What you might not see…

How This Rust Belt City Built a Tech Ecosystem

In Illinois, the Greater Peoria region has historically been a center for engineering and manufacturing excellence. It’s also home of the Caterpillar company that’s not only known for supplying farming equipment, but also helped with several projects including: widening the Panama Canal and providing equipment…

Why Startups Are Flocking to Seattle

Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing and Blue Origin are just some of the big company names that are housed in Seattle. It’s also one of the hottest places to launch a startup. In this #StartupsEverywhere series we talked with Brett Greene and Red Russak, Founders at New Tech…

Why the Maine Tech Scene Is Attracting Silicon Valley Investors

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Portland, Maine has seen a bunch of startup activity in the last year. From Vet First Choice’s raise of $223M, to CashStar’s acquisition by Blackhawk Network for $175M and everything in between, the tech ecosystem is vibrant and showing no signs of slowing down….

Why Hampton Roads Attracts Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Hampton Roads is an area in Virginia that encompasses several cities such as Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Newport News and the center of an emerging tech ecosystem. Zack Miller, founder of Hatch, is helping entrepreneurs gain valuable experiences through his accelerator and connect…

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

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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,…