By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
For over 25 years we have searched for community-centered economic development strategies and approaches appropriate for rural communities, regions and states. Working throughout North America, we evolved our Energizing Entrepreneurs (e2) Development Framework and a corresponding resource library known as e2 University. In collaboration with NetWork Kansas, one of rural Americas leading statewide entrepreneurial ecosystems, we are hosting a National Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2) Network comprised of practitioners and consultants working to grow entrepreneurial talent and build smart eEcosystems to support entrepreneurs by employing the e2 Development Framework.
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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.