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NetWork Kansas announces new national e2 rural entrepreneurship initiative

Effective January 1, 2019, a new national initiative launches known as e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. The Center’s Co-Founder, Don Macke, joins the NetWork Kansas team as Vice President. This innovative effort will provide 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.

Ice House Participant Spotlight: Redeeming Grounds

Jessica Young completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Greeley County during the Spring of 2017. In this feature she talks about the program's impact.

YEC Series Student Spotlight: Bridget Stanton, Bridge Digital Marketing

Bridget Stanton competed in the YEC Series during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years. She placed first in her local Riley County event both years. In April 2018 she took second place at the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge State Championship. Here she talks about how this program has influenced her as an entrepreneur.

Ice House Participant Spotlight: Sweet Pear Bakery

Chantell Rather completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Pawnee County during the Spring of 2017. Learn about the impact that this program has had on her company and how it has helped further develop her entrepreneurial mindset.

YEC Series Student Spotlight: Lily Beach, Dogs Unleashed

Lily Beach competed in the 2017-2018 YEC Series at her local Douglas County competition. She placed first at that event. Since then, she has started selling her products all around the local area. Here, she talks about how this program has impacted her as an entrepreneur.

Ice House Participant Spotlight: Poppin' Patriot Fireworks

Brock and Bryttni Miller completed the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in Pawnee County during the Spring of 2017. Learn about the impact that this program has had on their company and how it has helped further develop their entrepreneurial mindset.

Ecosystem Builders Unite – 2018 ESHIP Summit Takeaways

While the position you are paid for may be as economic development or chamber director, banker, or educator, if you believe in the power of connecting and breaking down silos in your communities to support entrepreneurs, you are also an ecosystem builder. These principles can be the answer to the question, “What can I do to strengthen my ecosystem besides invest funding?” Simone Elder of NetWork Kansas recaps her experience at the 2018 ESHIP Summit coordinated by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The 2018-2019 YEC Series Kicks Off

The school year is very close to starting and we know you are ready to dive into this year's YEC Series. Great news: we have finalized the local guidelines and requirements that you will need to start your in-depth planning.

Exploring the Maker Space Boot Camp Experience

Anne Dewvall, Director of Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Programming, revisits the learning, inspiration and fun of the "Maker Space Boot Camp" experience.

Thinking Regionally: The Value of E-Community Retreats

Ciara Thyfault, Senior Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Central Region, describes the value of connecting through E-Community regional retreats.