Episode 22

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30th Aug 2021

Jeff Bennett: Entrepreneurship-led economic development needs grassroots support

This week, host David Ponraj speaks with Jeff Bennett, president of StartupSac, an initiative he co-founded to grow the startup ecosystem in Sacramento, CA. StartupSac has evolved from a self-funded passion project into a go-to source of entrepreneurial support and an online hub for information and resources about startups in the region. David and Jeff explore the vital role of grassroots organizations like StartupSac in creating a culture of entrepreneurship in a community (and why they should be funded). They discuss models for ecosystem building, challenges around data, and ways to raise awareness about the power of entrepreneurship in economic development strategy.

Learn more about Jeff's work at: startupsac.com

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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