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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.

Summer Maker's Camp in Hodgeman County Inspires Students

Twenty-seven students between the 2nd and 6th grade took part in the first-ever Hodgeman County Maker’s Camp last week. It was a fun learning event that was created to expose kids (and their parents) to 3D Printing, Coding, Podcasting and Entrepreneurship.

A New Take on Ice House: Startup Northwest Kansas

Thomas County hosted an Ice House Entrepreneurship Mindset class with a unique twist this spring. Each participant developed a business plan, an elevator pitch, and a tradeshow display for a business concept. The experiment proved successful in attracting students to the course and engaging them in the class.

Passion for fashion, grit propels launch of Bling Glamour

Starting a business is taking a leap of faith for anyone, regardless of their circumstance. When Nicole Campos was faced with a life-altering condition, she pursued her dreams through optimism and confidence, trudging through both physical ailments and entrepreneurial waters.

Next Maker Space Boot Camp Announced

The next Maker Space Boot Camp will be September 18-20 at Fab Lab ICC in Independence, Kan.. The Maker Space Boot Camp is a NetWork Kansas board certified program that qualifies for the use of E-Community loan funds to cover registration and travel expenses for participants in Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities.

Destination BootCamp® Business Spotlight: Sonya and James Cantrell, Cantrell's Jewelry

James and Sonya Cantrell attended Destination BootCamp® (DBC) in the spring of 2017. In this piece, Sonya describes how this program has had an impact on the growth of their business beyond their immediate market.

E-Community Students Compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge State Championship

The Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge (KEC) State Championship, hosted by the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation, took place on April 24th and awarded high school entrepreneurs with over $18,000 in prize money. This statewide competition featured high school and middle school students from 35 Entrepreneurship (E-) Communities across Kansas.