In the world of entrepreneurship, collaboration is often hailed as the pinnacle. Yet, one overarching hurdle hinders progress on a broader scale — organizational ego. Instead of fostering a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem, the result might be an “entrepreneurial egosystem.”
The last few years ushered in a sea of change, including new leadership and ideas in northeast Indiana. Consider our region’s nonprofit and economic development landscape. For NIIC, the new vision is Entrepreneurship for ALL. This is a reset (first and foremost) for NIIC and also for our community. But to collectively make progress, we as organizations need to ask the question, “How can we help you?” just as much as we ask, “How can we grow as an organization ourselves?”
Here are six strategies we’re employing to bolster our region’s entrepreneurial community.
Nothing happens until you start. Let’s create a ripple effect in our community. Doing so will strengthen collaboration to more than lip service and foster sustainable economic development for northeast Indiana.