May is the month when we at U.S.SourceLink pull out our calendars and start mapping our fall conference schedule. With events like Global E-Week and conferences hosted by groups such as the International Economic Development Council and University Economic Development Association, September through November always seems full with opportunities to connect with entrepreneurs and to refresh our own deck of best practices.
This year, I recently learned of a new 3-day Babson program taking place October 6-8, 2014, and plan to add to my calendar.
What makes Driving Economic Growth through Entrepreneurship unique in that its focus is on building successful entrepreneurial communities, or ecosystems. The program provides a broad perspective on various aspects of entrepreneurship ecosystems, including issues many communities struggle with, such as:
- Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the entrepreneurship ecosystem
- Planning and implementing entrepreneurship ecosystem action programs
- Setting entrepreneurship objectives and measure outcomes
- Do’s and don’ts of using government funding to encourage the development of capital markets for entrepreneurial ventures (angel, private, family, VC, bank, public markets)
- The appropriate use and abuse of incubators, accelerators, and innovation centers
- Entrepreneurship as a necessary precondition to clusters
Because we help communities deal with many of these same issues, I am excited to learn of additional tools, best practices and case studies from across the nation and around the globe.
At $3,500 the program fee is a bit high, however it does include accommodations and meals at the state of the art Babson Executive Conference Center.
And, I’m excited to announce this: a special discount code for 10% off is available to current U.S.SourceLink Affiliates. Current affiliates can contact Jeremy Hegle for details.
Content contributed by Jeremy Hegle of U.S.SourceLink, America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs.