Clues to Creating Entrepreneurial Success

This session will explore the components of a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, drawing on a 2017 assessment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Appalachian counties for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Deb Markley will define the components of a robust system and highlight the important role that “community” plays in the system. Session participants will complete an ecosystem assessment to develop an understanding of the strength of their own community’s ecosystem. We will then focus on understanding “Clues for Success” in supporting entrepreneurs – drawing on stories and lessons learned from the field. Participants will have an opportunity to share their own work and stories to illustrate these “clues for success.”