We’re raising awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation for the health of our local economy. Entrepreneurship is vital to job growth and wealth creation. We’re advocating for entrepreneurship as a major driver of economic development.

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We’re mapping the elements of Erie’s Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and tracking its progress.


Our aim is to empower local entrepreneurs and resource providers. We have strong regional talent present in Erie and dedicated resource providers available to assist these entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.


Entrepreneurship is Key to Job Growth and Wealth Creation

The Innovation Collaborative is the result of countless volunteer hours from community leaders who recognize that entrepreneurship is essential to Erie’s economic development. These leaders worked with Jumpstart to develop a strategy to cultivate Erie’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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.