Who are Innovation Ecosystem Builders?


The defining characteristic of innovation ecosystem builders is their long-term and system-wide approach to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in their region or community. 

They typically work in a recognized or professional capacity to build the innovation ecosystem in their communities including: 

  • Leading recognized startup ecosystem building initiatives;
  • Running entrepreneurial centers and coworking spaces;
  • Managing accelerators, incubators or startup school programs;
  • Serving in professional economic development or government roles;
  • Investors and serial entrepreneurs investing in building their local ecosystem.