What Makes a Healthy Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?


On building a robust startup community:
"It's about home growing talent here that see entrepreneurship as a real professional path, not as an alternative because you didn't get hired for a corporate job. We choose this [path] for a reason." 
- Francis Chmelir, ITEN

"We're having conversations on a daily basis on what we can do better and what is missing. It's all interconnected and urbanism is tied to it. We're socially engaged and economically engaged, and we really just want to lift each other up." - Kathleen Bauer, T-REx

Ep. 2: ITEN Exec. Director, Francis Chmelir and T-REx Community Director, Kathleen Bauer

The PluggedIN Podcast: Entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs through sharing insights, tips and best practices to serve as an operating system for hiring smarter. As a job seeker, hear what startups look for when recruiting talent.

In this episode, we engage in real talk on what makes up a startup community, from its foundation to its members to how we continue to build the best St. Louis we can. We focus on topics from being collaborative and growing our urban core to diversity and inclusion. While it's critical to play up our strengths and celebrate wins as a community, we discuss the importance of shoring up our deficiencies and reflecting on areas where we can improve. Just like a startup is a "work is in progress", so its surrounding entrepreneurial community. 

"Building a startup community is not a zero-sum game in which there are winners and losers; if everyone engages, they and the entire community can all be winners."
Brad Feld, American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado

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