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The Innovation Collaborative serves as an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder.
Our function is to be a catalyst for growing and sustaining an impactful, inclusive, and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We  take
 a system-wide approach, striving to monitor and tend the health of the whole, collectively with our ecosystem colleagues.

We  advocate & educate. We convene & facilitate. We strive to ensure quantifiable methods & outcomes, collaboratively, throughout communities.

Ultimately, this work will be key in developing the right resources, at the right time; further enabling the development of a thriving region.




The next nine-week CO.STARTERS program is slated to kick off on September 11th. Potential participants can click here to apply.

The CO.STARTERS program is for anyone with an idea in any economic sector. 

Start-ups create the most net new jobs and small businesses remain a fundamental economic driver for local economies and job creation. However, smaller-scale startups don’t receive the same level of support as their high-growth counterparts. The CO.STARTERS program narrows that gap and finds that CO. STARTERS graduates are generally more successful than those who have not completed the program.
CO.STARTERS in Erie County is powered by the FirstEnergy Foundation and supported by the Erie Regional Library Foundation, Erie Arts & Culture, and the Innovation Collaborative. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, ATHENA Erie and other entrepreneurial ecosystem service providers are partners as well.

Opportunities abound in #OurErie!


Erie Homecoming 2019 is a two-day event designed to showcase high-potential investment opportunities to both a network of individuals with ties to the region and to individuals and organizations entering the Erie investment market for the first time.

The event — held at various locations across Erie's eight opportunity zones — will engage you in thought-provoking presentations on Erie's unprecedented market momentum, and will take you on-site to some of the most exciting investment opportunities in the market, including real estate development projects and investment-grade start up and operating businesses.

As an exciting twist to the event, national "do-tank" Accelerator for America will lead interactive and dynamic discussions with attendees on the various investment-ready projects, and will conduct workshops to help you best understand the various economic development tools and market incentives available to make smart and economically sound investments in Erie.

In addition, KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the world, has partnered with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership for this event. KPMG is considered to be one of the foremost experts on structuring opportunity zone and social impact investments and will provide attendees with information on how to best structure investment deals in the Erie market.


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