Episode 19

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20th Jul 2021

Jay Sparks: How to get partnerships and ecosystem mapping right

This week's episode is about the value of helping people to believe entrepreneurship is for them, the challenges of effective ecosystem mapping, and what bartending has to teach us about the work of economic development. This week's guest, Jay Sparks, serves as the Entrepreneurship Coordinator at Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) based in Columbia, Missouri. In this interview, Sparks and host David Ponraj discuss what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem with "no wrong doors."

Learn more about Jay's work at: www.columbiaredi.com

Learn more about Startup Space at: www.startupspace.us

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Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast For Entrepreneurship Community Practitioners
We're showcasing the real work being done in communities across the US to break down barriers to entry for underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs and small businesses. These are the untold stories of the heroes in the frontlines of building entrepreneurship resources in their communities and making it easier for people to start businesses and create wealth for their families. Find out more at startupspace.us/community