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The latest progresses to scale innovation entrepreneurship
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Growth Academy is the worldwide leader in open and globally neutral knowledge for innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem actors and users. We focus on building a 360 degree understanding about startups and the journey through various perspectives and connects all relevant startup related topics along with links to further keywords, resources and tools, for further self learnings and for taking theory to action. We specialise in data-driven certifications for professionals and organisations looking to effectively support entrepreneurs and startups.
Startup Commons opens Ecosystem Development Academy eLearning assets globally free.
Dear friends of Startup Commons,
The world is focused on combating the immediate economic damages of global COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, - local, state, regional and national governments, private and NGO entities, along with many individual people with different profiles, are doing whatever needs to be done to protect their entrepreneurial communities.
Most of current focus is on all the immediate actions needed that can mitigate business damages: direct loans & grants, emergency business advice, network creation, pooling of resources, new channels to bring concerns, ideas and recommendations to government and industry leaders to make entrepreneurs voices heard, etc. And the spirit and action of true collaboration is at all time high.
In our own work with ecosystem developers and builders spread out in five continents, we too have been virtually attending in the enormous effort the best we can.
Ecosystems, as the invisible infrastructures, mostly manually coordinated and often not properly equipped even in normal conditions, with even more limited resources to match the current circumstances, compared to what are expectations, - trying to solve challenges with many interdependencies: flow of talent, pool of supporting providers, resources and information.
All these efforts need to get properly orchestrated so that the ecosystem as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts separately.
Depending on parts of the world and the role in question, so focus on giving immediate and accurate responses to tackle most pressing issues now, - where others are also already moving their strategic efforts to focus on the future. To start planning how ecosystem development efforts can contribute towards reactivate and rebuilding the local economy.
A key question facing us all after COVID19 unprecedented pandemic is; how will ecosystem developers, builders and operators do ecosystem development differently?
At Startup Commons, we believe that rebuilding the economy via innovation, entrepreneurship and ecosystem development needs to make ecosystems more structured, well equipped, more transparent and more efficient.
The use of scarce resources, improving their ability to cope with future disasters like we are living now, and even become a part of a collaborative global solution to rebound the economy in a much healthier form than before.
Startup Commons, as a business operating globally in the context of innovation and entrepreneurship since 2009, has been consistently recommending wherever we work the importance of implementing two strategies:
In essence, those who take care of others, need to be equipped properly to actually do so and taken care of as well.
Cities, regions, states and countries will need to invest significantly to rebuild their economies, now is the time to focus on setting up the foundations towards building the new infrastructures that all ecosystems deserve, to make sure wasting limited resources is avoided. An infrastructure for ecosystem builders to effectively support entrepreneurship and innovation, where these ecosystem infrastructures are a key drivers and stabilisers of economic growth and prosperity.
Without serious investment in physical infrastructures like; roads, bridges, ports, hydro-electric plants, fibre-optic cabling, etc., no country can deliver sustainable economic growth. - The same applies to the digital era, where most importantly, it is the connectivity that counts and where data is the new accumulating and reusable asset to build new and more sustainable economic value and activity.
It is impossible to imagine a country, sector, industry or area of endeavour that cannot benefit from digital infrastructure, and the services enabled by digital technology are economic growth drivers, job creators, talent magnets and big sources of exports.
For years, Startup Commons has validated these ecosystem building blocks via tens of ecosystem development workshops, consulting and projects with 30+ ecosystems around the world, where we have also transformed all this knowledge into digital eLearning resources as well. - Similar to Growth Academy - but for ecosystem development.
As it is becoming more necessary than ever to help ecosystem builders, developers and operators understand this new paradigm, - again, appealing to our responsibility and mission to scale innovation entrepreneurship globally via ecosystem development, today we have decided to also make Startup Commons Ecosystem Development Academy globally open for free - with the goal to help educate, empower and inspire the current and future generation of ecosystem builders, developers and operators, along with any individuals and entities who focus on economic development via entrepreneurship, innovation for new job creation and to attract investments.
Once we leave the “panic mode” behind, it is time to focus on “the day after” - to produce a well-planned rebuilding ecosystem strategy that helps achieve a resilient ecosystem. Meanwhile, we have set up a special recovery online taskforce ready to be released wherever required to assist case by case.
Sitting on the same side of the table, together with you and your partners, it is time to reset your ecosystem to new normal. We are all in this together!
CEO, Startup Commons
Dear friends of Startup Commons,
Imagine if there would not be public parks, internet would be a commercial product with proprietary limitations or if we would not have Linux, Android, WordPress, Wikipedia, Barcode, etc. I think we all would agree, that we simple would not have the internet and access to knowledge and solutions built on top of those as we have today.
We at Startup Commons believe that not only should globally neutral innovation entrepreneurship knowledge be free to the world, but it should also be properly organized. And that the best way to make it possible, is by collaborative open development, supported by logical open standard framework and collaborative structures.
Today, more than ever - together we can achieve more with less and faster. Where we can together help to start preparing people to new normal and towards rebuilding the economy.
How are we doing it?
We are producing slide presentations, webinars and booklets, where all materials are produced via open collaboration. Everyone have rights to the materials under creative commons licensing, to be able to publish, edit, iterate and distribute materials for free, and to create education programs, eLearning platforms, courses etc. based on this content. Offered for free, as paid education, or as part of other free or commercial solutions. Delivered via different channels; online, in person, virtually etc.
We are inviting all type of contributors that can participate into different focus areas: making translations, designing and improving visualizations, adding new content, becoming education partner, eLearning content integration, etc.
Where can you start?
We are collecting resources in our public repository on Trello and we invite to join to Open Innovation Entrepreneurship Curriculum conversations on OIEC Slack!
Our main objective is to build an interactive, systematically evolving and hence sustainable repository to help build the "index" of the overall innovation entrepreneurship journey and "an executive summary" view of all the key topics and contents. For that reason, we welcome your sincere and constructive feedback for creating an useful resource for all entrepreneurs in the world!
We Focus On Progress
Considering our ambition of global availability and use, surely we’re only getting started, but we’ve also taken great steps already:
Supporting startup ecosystem development, from entrepreneurship education, to consulting to digital infrastructure for connecting, measuring and international benchmarking.
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