Track G

G6 Effective Partnering in Innovation Districts: Small College Towns with High Level Entrepreneurship

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: Intermediate

Denichiro Otsuga, Ph.D., RTTP, EnConnect

Kathryn Tallman, University of Colorado
Brian Wall, Oregon State University
Mary Walshok, University of California, San Diego

According to the Kauffman Foundation study in 2013, the top 10 cities with a high density of entrepreneurship per capita included the usual suspects: Silicon Valley, Research Triangle regions, and the Boston area.  But, three other unexpected cities also made the list: Boulder, Colorado (#1), Fort Collins, Colorado (#2), and Corvallis, Oregon (#6, tie).  What tangible and intangible assets and resources in these up-and-coming entrepreneurial and innovative cities enable them to impact regional economy? What role do universities play in the region for startup company success?   Also, discussions based on the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem such as San Diego will be led with historical data and analysis.
In this intermediate level course, panel members will share the careful balancing act of choosing the areas they actively support and the areas they are purposefully getting out of the way of in the ecosystem.   There will be time for discussion with the audience regarding: the role of university and technology commercialization groups in the regional ecosystem; the relationship between regional entrepreneurial culture and economic development; strategies for establishing a positive and productive relationship with the community; and ways to communicate and show ROI to the regional ecosystem.   Potentially important factors will be identified based on historical analysis of San Diego and other mature entrepreneurial regions.

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