Connecticut Ecosystem Sparks Connections Through Celebrations

May 2, 2017

4:30 pm

Connections are key to creating a meaningful message. Anyone that has glanced at Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell will know that connectors help spur ideas and messages across a group.

For founders, an entrepreneurial ecosystem is no different. Founders may have a great idea, but need help to transform that idea into a startup and ultimately a sustainable business. It is imperative for the people with talent, ideas and motivation to create something and find mentors that nurture their passion which lead to collaborative efforts that drive innovation that creates a fully functioning entrepreneurial community.

Spur Connections and Celebrate Innovation

If connections are the blood flowing through the body of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, then how does a developing body get into shape? We start by celebrating!

Connecticut innovators continue  to develop our ecosystem by creating the inaugural CT Entrepreneur Awards and celebrate the entrepreneurs and support system that make Connecticut work. The inaugural awards will recognize a variety of individuals and organizations that connect, collaborate, and communicate amongst each other to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Celebrations offer ecosystems an opportunity to engage all of the players that make a difference. Ecosystems are more than the top startups, they include mentors that offer guidance, the corporate institutions that engage with founders and the organizations that offer unending support.

Awards provide an opportunity to meet the connectors that go under-the-radar and spur collaboration as players from different corners have a natural event to meet and discuss their dreams.

Entrepreneur/startup award events are an easy way to stop and showcase the ongoing efforts of entrepreneurs in your community and spotlight organizations that help nurture their innovation. It’s important to continue to recognize and highlight little wins and provide a path to inspire future founders

However, awards are not the only path to finding connectors.

Another example of building connections is the KC Connector Project by the Kauffman Foundation that aims to recognize, support and connect the various participants in the KC ecosystem.

The KC Connector Project does a few things for the ecosystem:

  1. Recognize and celebrate key connectors that make a difference in advancing youth education and supporting the development of entrepreneurs in the region.
  2. Learn from community leaders about how they improved the educational and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  3. Generate ideas about how the community can provide the useful resource and successful opportunities that build strong network that benefits participants and connectors.

Why Connectors Matter to Ecosystems

Connectors in any community matter because they help connect the dots. In the words of the late Steve Jobs:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

Entrepreneurial communities are filled with connectors from different backgrounds and experiences who just can help connect the dots between talent and knowledge or funding. It’s important for these connectors to stay active in the community and link mentors to founders as the result could be game changing.

Read more about networking here at Tech.Co.

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Joel Whipple works to help businesses grow. Joel balances an understanding of entrepreneurship and digital media to help companies identify, develop and leverage an engaged audience.

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