Become a holistic ecosystem builder in 10 weeks

“The essence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem is its people and the culture of trust and collaboration that allows them to interact successfully.

An ecosystem that allows for the fast flow of talent, information, and resources helps entrepreneurs quickly find what they need at each stage of growth. As a result, the whole is greater than the sum of its separate parts.”

If you are in the business of supporting (social) entrepreneurs in your community, you’ve probably experienced some of these:

Silos and competition among entrepreneurial support organizations

Low levels of trust and collaboration within the support structure

Hierarchical mindsets among players who insist on doing things their way

Lack of diverse voices and representation in your entrepreneurial community

The painfully slow process of funding cycles and tangible, visible change

Frustration and discouragement from giving a lot of yourself

The Program

Over the course of ten weeks you will learn how to become an effective ecosystem builder to better serve founders in your community. My ten-part framework was developed in collaboration with our sector most forward thinking ecosystem builders and consists of three main pillars:

Entrepreneurial ecosystems

  • Definitions & schools of thought
  • Challenges and frustrations
  • Motivations

Mindsets of an ecosystem builder

  • Systems thinking
  • Rooted in Purpose
  • Allyship
  • Community stewardship

Key skills

  • Entrepreneur-centric
  • Serendipity & conversations
  • Lead by example
  • Invite & connect
  • Tell authentic stories
  • Start. Be patient.

Program Delivery

Personal Compass Session

prior to the program start to assess your current position and outline a customized roadmap for your program participation

value $595

weekly masterclasses

2-hour deep-dives into the mindsets and skills of effective entrepreneurial ecosystem builders

$2,900 value

1-1 individual check-ins

You'll have up to three 1-1 conversations with Anika to guide your execution and local implementation

$900 value

Bonuses

  • VIP discounts to other Social Venturers events & programs

  • Monthly guest speaker sessions with seasoned ecosystem builders and a chance for Q&A

  • Social Venturers’ workbook and tools

  • Additional resources for each masterclass for optional self-study

  • Access to Anika via email in between sessions for questions and ongoing support

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As a result you will

  • Build better relationships with the entrepreneurs you serve

  • Have a stronger foundation for communication and potential collaboration among other key stakeholders in your ecosystem

  • Feel greater alignment between your individual efforts and your impact in the community

  • Expand your circle of allies that support your local efforts

  • Have a stronger professional network of peers and seasoned ecosystem builders from around the U.S.

Dates

Personal Compass Session

Self-schedule between September 7& 17, 2021

Ecosystems & mindsets

  • September 16, 2021
  • September 23, 2021
  • September 30, 2021
  • October 7, 2021

Skills for effective ecosystem builders

  • October 14, 2021
  • October 21, 2021
  • October 28, 2021
  • November 4, 2021
  • November 11, 2021
  • November 18, 2021

Pricing

Early Bird (ends August 1)

US$ 2,100

regular price

US$ 2,495

Who is this for?

This program is designed for actors within their local entrepreneurial community who believe in the power of entrepreneurship as a force for good. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Seasoned entrepreneurs who want to figure out how to give back to the next generation of founders
  • Program managers and operators at incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces and other (social) entrepreneurial support programs
  • Community builders and activists who want to leverage (social) entrepreneurship as a force for more equity, wealth and quality of life in their communities
  • Investors, funders and foundations who are keen to explore their role within their local (social) startup community
  • Economic development agencies and small business administrations curious to learn more about grassroots (social) entrepreneurship support
  • Educational institutions ready to chart their path within their entrepreneurial community

As ecosystem builders, we know that breaking down barriers for (social) entrepreneurs in our communities will unleash economic growth and prosperity. We understand that creating access to opportunity for ALL entrepreneurs – irrespective of their ethnicity, age, gender, background, ability, political and religious views – is the key to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship, be it small business, high-growth startup and everything in between. Most importantly, we embrace the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats. We strive to build ecosystems in which founders have timely access to the resources, talent and information they need to start, manage and grow sustainable businesses that create value beyond the financial bottom line.

Further, we

  • Are willing and keen to critically assess our position in the ecosystem and stretch beyond our comfort zone
  • Want to champion the entrepreneurs in our city or region
  • Are open to constructive feedback
  • Are committed to inviting diverse voices to the table
  • Firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats.

Ready to become an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder?

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have and make sure this program is what you're looking for! Schedule 15 minutes below to go over your questions. No commitment.