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Partner Feature: A self-described “misfit” turns into entrepreneurship ecosystem “rock star”

Whether through NetWork Kansas programs or in his role as the Director of Fab Lab ICC and a facilitator/business coach for the Growth Accelerator Program with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Independence Community College (ICC), Jim Correll is all in when it comes to ecosystem building.

NetWork Kansas Celebrates The First Anniversary of VentureDash

NetWork Kansas is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their first online entrepreneurship business software system, VentureDash. To celebrate the first anniversary, VentureDash is offering 25% off the platform fee through September 17th.

Investors join to infuse nearly $1.2 million into Hoke Hotel project

In a commitment to local asset preservation, economic development and entrepreneurship, several community investors have partnered to offer more than $1 million in financing to the Hoke Hotel LLC project in downtown Hutchinson, the Hutchinson Community Foundation reports.

e2 In-Depth: Retiree-Led Development

This e2 in-depth features Don Macke and Kimberlee Spillers exploring how America’s waves of retirees offer huge development opportunities for regions and communities prepared to compete for their hometown as locations of choice.

NetWork Kansas Welcomes Jenn Laird to ​Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership Team

Today, NetWork Kansas announced the hiring of Jenn Laird, who joins the staff as Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Eastern Region. In her role, Laird will support the following Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities in the eastern region of Kansas:

e2 In-Depth: Foundational Infrastructure for Entrepreneurial Communities

This e2 in-depth features Don Macke interviewing Maria Meyers and Kate Hodel, SourceLink founders and authors of the book, Beyond Collisions: How to Build Your Entrepreneurial Infrastructure.

e2 In-Depth: Community Capacity Building

This e2 in-depth explores the idea that, unless you have sufficient capacity, undertaking economic development is not going to be enough to empower your community’s prosperity

e2 In-Depth: Urban America is Filling Up

This e2 in-depth explores what opportunities are available for rural America as urban America fills up.

Board votes to allow computer science to count as core math, science credit

Computer science can now be counted as a core math or science credit toward high school graduation per the The Kansas State Board of Education. “This policy change was an important step towards arming our students with critical skills for their future career paths,” said Nick Poels, Director of Remote Work and Entrepreneurship at NetWork Kansas, and the project lead for Ignister – a new initiative designed to enhance computer science opportunity across the state.

The Path of the Kansas Community Investment Fund So Far

The Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) was launched in 2019 as a three-year, gap-financing initiative to tackle health equity issues Kansans are facing. The ideas we tried and changed were essential to progress and created a framework driven by a vision.