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e2 In-Depth: Foundational Infrastructure for Entrepreneurial Communities

By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, with a spotlight on SourceLink


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In the last few years, my home state of Nebraska undertook strategic visioning. Our good friend and serial entrepreneur Jim Jenkins chaired the Entrepreneurship Industry Council as part of Blueprint Nebraska. Jim and his Council members traveled our physically large and diverse state seeking input on how the state could improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem for entrepreneurs. One of the loudest messages received was the lack of transparency and access to available resources. Bottom line, too many entrepreneurs were giving up seeking assistance when they needed it because it took too much time and energy to find resources that are present in our ecosystem. Jim’s group recommended SourceLink to the Governor, State Chamber of Commerce and others. Cathy Lang with the University of Nebraska Business Development Center has since embraced SourceLink and is standing up SourceLink Nebraska.


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NetWork Kansas is the home for e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which is led by Don Macke, who has more than 40 years of community economic development and policy experience. The partnership between NetWork Kansas and e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems provides a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.