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In this Newsletter:

  1. Global Entrepreneurship Week: Events in Erie 
  2. ECGRA and DevelopErie support Erie Entrepreneur Anne Marie Hull
  3. Innovation Collaborative Ecosystem Series: Exploring the Relationship Between Culture and Entrepreneurship
  4. Ecosystem News and Events 

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) @ Erie


"Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and rich job creators who launch startups. Bringing ideas to life, driving economic growth and expanding human welfare are what it's all about! During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators." 

ECGRA and DevelopErie Support Entrepreneur Anne Marie Hull

Ignite Erie, an initiative of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, has invested heavily into Erie's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. 'The goals of the Ignite Erie program are to create jobs, renew inner-city neighborhoods, inspire partnerships that serve entrepreneurs ... and ignite Erie's Entrepreneurial Spirit.'

A recent Ignite Erie success story, in partnership with DevelopErie, is the direct support of Entrepreneur Anne Marie Hull, the founder of Area Mental Health. Ignite Erie funds helped Anne Marie to expand her practice into a second location and add a licensed therapist to her staff.

Through direct support to Erie Entrepreneurs and additional investments made at the ecosystem level, the Ignite Erie initiative is driving entrepreneurial based economic development in Erie County. 

Exploring the Relationship between Culture and Entrepreneurship

Researchers have long explored links between Culture and Entrepreneurship. In a recent blog post, Bill Scholz talks about how a Culture of Entrepreneurship can help nurture entrepreneurship in Erie. 

Innovation Collaborative Work Teams

The work of the Innovation Collaborative is helping to advance Erie's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. If you are passionate about entrepreneurship, consider joining a Work Team. Work Team's meet to strategize how best to address and complete the tasks identified in Jumpstart's Assessment and Recommendations

Innovation Collaborative 2014-2015 Community Report 

We're pleased to announce the launch of our first Community Report. Inside, you can learn more about the IC's mission, how we formed, and where we are going. You can read the full report on our website

Accelerator Cycle #4

Congratulations to the winners of ETI's fourth accelerator cycle, Khonsu! Khonsu is a team of Gannon University students who have created an innovative 'Easy Tent' device. You can read more about the finalists by reading the press release

Selling to the Government with Gannon's SBDC and the Northwest Commission

Gannon's Small Business Development Center and the Northwest Commission have teamed up to offer a unique seminar on how to provide services to the Government. "The Northwest Commission Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will present a free training seminar entitled, "Selling to the Government" ...." 

Thank You To Disrupt Erie Sponsors!

After receiving fantastic nominations and over 9,000 votes, the Inaugural Disrupt Erie Awards are shaping up to be an exciting event on Wednesday night! Erie is seriously engaged in support of building a strong entrepreneurial culture and celebrating these stellar heroes

We look forward to seeing you at the party! If you've not reserved your tickets yet, please do before they run out! (Reserve Your Tickets Now!)

Big "THANK YOU!!" to Signature Sponsor, HERO BX, and to all of the Sponsors! Through your support, you are leading the way to ensure our transition to a thriving environment for startups and entrepreneurial support! Without you, this would not be possible ... 

Upcoming Events


The Disrupt Erie Awards Presented by the Innovation Collaborative

Date: November 18th, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Headliner: Thom Ruhe
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