Growing and Sustaining a Successful Statewide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Since launching more than 10 years ago, IASourceLink has become one of the most engaged and established statewide entrepreneurial infrastructures in the country. The program was developed using the successful SourceLink model for building entrepreneurial communities: identify business resources, connect them to each other and to entrepreneurs, empower that network with an online platform and measure economic impact.
Today, IASourceLink’s network features almost 400 resource partners that specialize in everything from business planning to funding to strategic marketing and more. The website assists more than 65,000 users annually, providing free access to personalized hotline assistance, startup guides, webinars and a comprehensive statewide events calendar, among other offerings.
The strength and longevity of IASourceLink can be attributed to the collaborative nature of the partners who power the network. This case study outlines how this statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem came to fruition and the key factors that contribute to their ongoing success.
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