An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: What Is It? How Do You Build One?

This session will explore the components of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and give participants the opportunity to complete an ecosystem assessment of their own community to better understand local strengths. Janet Soto Rodriguez will address challenges and opportunities in Oregon. Deb Markley will define the parts of an ecosystem and highlight the important role that “community” plays in its success. We will then hear stories from communities at various points on their journey to building a thriving ecosystem.


Deborah Markley
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Janet Soto Rodriguez
Entrepreneurship Strategist, Business Oregon

Track: Revitalizing Rural Economies

Back to Detailed Agenda