When representatives from leading cities that have established model entrepreneurial ecosystems join for an inaugural forum in Kansas City next week, Albuquerque will be among them.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which, in part, works to advance entrepreneurship across the U.S., is holding its first ESHIP Summit to bring together the nation’s top ecosystem builders June 21-23. Participants will share best practices, work together to create new and improved approaches, and develop an action plan to take back to their respective communities.
Eric Renz-Whitmore, entrepreneur development manager with the City’s Economic Development Department, and Julia Youngs, program manager at Creative Startups are among those attending.
“I’m excited to share lessons learned from the development of Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial scene with ecosystem builders from across the country,” said Renz-Whitmore. “We continue to learn from others and are glad to contribute to this evolving practice.”
ESHIP is the latest collaboration in a string of innovation initiatives between the Kauffman Foundation and the Albuquerque community. Kauffman has launched or supported the growth of many programs that have been instrumental to the evolution of Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Programs employed locally have included 1 Million Cups, Entrepreneurial Mindset Training, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sourcelink and Startup Weekend.
“The support of the Foundation has been instrumental in the development and evaluation of our Accelerator program,” Youngs said. “We’re excited to share our approach and learn from others as we work together to grow our nation’s creative and entrepreneurial communities. ”