Beyond Collisions: How to Build Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

How to Build an Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

Marshal support for entrepreneurship
to m
ake your community better and help people change their lives.

Beyond Collisions: How to Build your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure is the field guide to building and sustaining entrepreneurship in your community.

With practitioner-tested and actionable steps, this book will help you develop a deep understanding of what your entrepreneurial community needs and how to deliberately support your entrepreneurs, beyond one-time programs and organic collisions.

Beyond Collisions shares what SourceLink and our network of ecosystem builders have learned about how to build entrepreneurial support networks  over the past 15 years, including four actions that communities have used to marshal resources and help entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed.

What you'll learn

- Why you should care about entrepreneurship, what is an entrepreneurial infrastructure, who are these entrepreneurs that we want to help?

- The nuts and bolts of what you can do, in your community, to support and encourage entrepreneurs.

- Actionable strategies that will help you identify resources that support entrepreneurs, connect them, empower the network and measure results.

"You can't create an entrepreneurial community, they create themselves. You can create the conditions in which entrepreneurs choose to innovate. You can work across government and universities and private-public partnership lines to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow companies."
—Peter DeSilva, President, Scottrade, Inc.

What's in the book

I. CORE: We’ll address key questions. Why should you care about entrepreneurs, what is an entrepreneurial infrastructure and who are these entrepreneurs that we want to help?

II. ACTION PLAN: We’ll explain the four steps to building your entrepreneurial infrastructure. What can you do, in your community, to support and encourage entrepreneurs? We’ll identify resources that support entrepreneurs, connect them, empower the network and measure results.

III. STRATEGIES: Strategies that will help you accomplish the four steps to building your entrepreneurial infrastructure. We’ll share insights we’ve gained about marketing, funding and leadership. Learn the jargon of the entrepreneurial ecosystem with the vocabulary list we wished we had when we started in this field.

Sprinkled throughout this book are stories from the field, firsthand accounts of building networks, encouraging entrepreneurs and analyzing outcomes.

About the authors

Maria Meyers, like the organization she leads, is entrepreneurial about supporting entrepreneurs. As founder of KCSourceLink®, Maria created a network that connects entrepreneurs with hundreds of business-building organizations throughout the Kansas City region. She later scaled that network model nationally as founder of SourceLink®, creating America’s first R&D platform for economic developers and e-community champions.

In addition to her SourceLink accomplishments, Maria is executive director for the University of Missouri–Kansas City Innovation Center, connecting university researchers with the community to ignite collaborative partnerships leading to innovations. At UMKC, she was instrumental in the creation of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, establishing entrepreneurship as a mainstream field of study that now offers BBA, MBA and PhD degree concentrations in entrepreneurship.

Kate Pope Hodel has had a front row seat for the entrepreneurial revolution, joining the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 1991 when it was just beginning its involvement in entrepreneurship. She directed the Kauffman Foundation’s efforts to develop a national reputation around entrepreneurship, working with organizations such as National Public Radio, the national Entrepreneur of the Year awards and the international board for Young Entrepreneurs Organization.

Pursuing her passion for community entrepreneurship, Kate was the original program officer for the KCSourceLink founding grant. She went on to work for KCSourceLink and SourceLink as a consultant and eventually as staff, helping build networks across the state of Missouri and in select communities nationwide. Currently Kate works on special projects for KCSourceLink, include the We Create Capital effort, KCInvestED, Whiteboard2Boardroom and research into capital access and job creation by early-stage firms. 

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Beyond Collisions: How to Build Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure

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What people are saying

“Maria Meyers and Kate Pope Hodel have been colleagues and mentors for years. They are among America’s true thought leaders in the entrepreneur development space. Their work with SourceLink and entrepreneurial ecosystem development has greatly influenced our thinking at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Their new book Beyond Collisions: How to build your entrepreneurial infrastructure is a must read. Kate and Maria’s work is research based and field tested. This book is practical and helpful. Each chapter provides experience, insight and information you can use to grow a stronger economy and community through entrepreneur focused development. Get a copy, read it and use it!”
Don Macke, Founder, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

"The Kauffman Foundation was one of the earliest supporters of SourceLink. We've been gratified by the success they've had in boosting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City and in communities across the country. This book demonstrates the value of our investment."
Wendy Guillies, President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

“This book is a wonderful collection of very useful insights into how to create an infrastructure that supports entrepreneurship. I especially appreciate its comprehensive perspective and its pragmatism.”
Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D., Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and Director, MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio, Michigan State University

Podcast Interviews

Build Your Entrepreneurial Community on Action Now CFO podcast with Greg Levine

Making Entrepreneurship Easier on Entrepreneurially Thinking podcast with Christy Maxfield of Center for Emerging Technologies and Cheryl Watkins-Moore of BioSTL

Do entrepreneurs need more help these days? on The Small Business Advocate with Jim Blasingame

What’s the future of entrepreneurship? on The Small Business Advocate with Jim Blasingame

Winning Where You Stand on The Entrepreneur Way with Neil Ball