Advocate


Entrepreneurship is vital to job growth and wealth creation. It is a major driver of economic development that was under-served by the regional economic development system. We are changing that by bringing awareness to the importance of entrepreneurship through events like Disrupt Erie, the Collegiate Innovation Showcase, Ice House, CO.STARTERS, our podcast, “The Entrepreneurs’ Minute,” and the delivery of messaging through multiple media sources.


Measure


Results matter. We track progress in building Erie’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem. We partner with the Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE), whose purpose is to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate data, information, and forecasts for the Erie, PA regional economy. Measuring progress enables us, as a community, to be aware of whether or not what we’re doing is working.


Empower


We empower entrepreneurs by collaborating with regional talent and dedicated resource providers to help them grow their business. We provide training through the nationally recognized CO.STARTERS and Ice House programs. We mentor 100’s of entrepreneurs each year, connecting them to the resources they need: accelerators, incubators, mentors, investors, lenders, economic development organizations and networking groups.

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Entrepreneurship is Key to Job Growth and Wealth Creation




Innovation Collaborative improves our entrepreneurial environment by partnering with others to implement the recommendations provided by entrepreneurial ecosystem growth experts, JumpStart.

We focus on six strategic areas:

1. Improve Entrepreneurial Culture

2. Formalize the Entrepreneurial Network

3. Economic Gardening

4. Enhanced Mentoring Network

5. Provide more services for Entrepreneurs; 6. Develop more Student Entrepreneurship Programs.




Erie, our time is now!

Entrepreneurship is much more than starting a business. An entrepreneurial mindset, recognizing and pursuing new opportunities, is vital for the Erie community to grow and prosper. We need to encourage entrepreneurship at all economic levels of society.