Two days after the release of this report EntryPoint hosted a Virtual Discussion - "Fostering Innovation and the Growth of Entrepreneurship"
It is no exaggeration to say that the past year has been fraught with turbulence. Factors such as political tension, social unrest, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic have all generated a great deal of uncertainty in all communities, including their economies. Even the Ann Arbor region, which is consistently ranked among the best places in which to live and work in the country, has not been immune to these tribulations, nor has its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As a nonprofit research institution, EntryPoint is dedicated to promoting healthy entrepreneurship in communities like Ann Arbor. Specifically, we are committed to partnering with businesses, investors, and other organizations to deliver research insights that help us all to understand the themes that define our entrepreneurial economy and implement effective programs based upon our findings. Thus, we at EntryPoint offer you this report, which identifies many of the key trends, successes, and challenges that characterize Ann Arbor.
EntryPoint's data indicates that, despite the challenges it has faced, Ann Arbor’s high-tech ecosystem is strong and steadfast.
Earlier this week MBN shared EntryPoint's announcement about the 2020 Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report.
In coordination with the report release on Monday, August 17, the virtual discussion was held Wednesday, August 19th. A session featuring Patti Glaza, Kelly Sexton, and Dug Song.
The discussion, hosted by EntryPoint, will explore ways the community can better nurture startups (through policy, programs and culture shift), the impact of COVID-19 on the tech community, how we can build a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, significant events that have shaped the startup community in the Ann Arbor region and advice for people thinking about starting their own companies.
EntryPoint is a nonprofit research institution that aims to promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest. The organization believes that the best research takes a holistic approach to data acquisition and analysis, and as such, seeks to build meaningful partnerships with corporations, community foundations, entrepreneurial support organizations, and other groups. Working in tandem with these partners, EntryPoint develops comprehensive research reports that deliver insights on strengths and challenges facing companies, communities, and the broader region. Research findings are used to design and implement effective programs to promote entrepreneurship by fostering an inclusive culture, expanding networks, and facilitating education and advocacy. EntryPoint is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more, visit www.entrypointmi.com.