State of Entrepreneurship
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ABOUT THE EVENT
State of Entrepreneurship is an annual event that happens during Global Entrepreneurship Week to discuss entrepreneurship in Fort Worth. Our speakers typically include the Mayor of Fort Worth, an influential leader in the industry, and an expert in the field of entrepreneurship and business.
This year we are thrilled to host Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer, Ecosystem Development in Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. Andy Stoll is a serial entrepreneur and a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is part of the team responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s ecosystem development strategy. Before joining the Kauffman Foundation, Stoll co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good company specializing in building entrepreneurial ecosystems in unexpected places. He is the co-founder of six entrepreneurial-focused organizations, most recently The Startup Champions Network, the nation’s first professional association for full-time entrepreneurial ecosystem builders. His past work includes projects with The Case Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Bohemian Foundation.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens.
Decades of research shows that entrepreneurship empowers individuals, improves standards of living throughout a community, and creates economic development, wealth, and innovation in the economy. Studies show that new and young companies, which are started by entrepreneurs, are the primary source of job creation in the American economy. Despite the numerous positive effects of entrepreneurship, most regions do not have a strongly articulated and widely understood strategy to support entrepreneurs. Further, entrepreneurial opportunity is not evenly distributed, the playing field is not level, and many still face significant barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity - exacerbated even further by the impacts of COVID-19.
Andy Stoll, a serial social entrepreneur and a member of the Ecosystem Development team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will be joining us to share insights into the growing professional practice of entrepreneurial ecosystem building, an important and emerging new aspect of economic and community development in a 21stcentury world.
He will share stories and insights into the changing nature of communities and the role of entrepreneurs in transforming the local economy, creating jobs, reducing inequalities.