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Entrepreneurship on the RISE, hosted by RISE Collaborative, tells the story of change-makers to advance the knowledge for rural ecosystem building. In each episode of this limited series, co-hosts Lauren Mathena and Jacob Dolence speak with industry leaders in Southern Virginia and across the country to hear how they are building up their local communities. Learn more at https://sovarise.com/
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It is important to look at data for what it is and craft a narrative with the data and allow it to lead us toward innovation and growth. This week, season 2, episode 10 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, is about leveraging data to support entrepreneurs!RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is to enhance equity and acces...
By working together and bringing entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders together with an interest in supporting Black and Brown-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, we can build stronger regional economies. This week, episode 9 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about creating inclusive entrepreneurial support networks! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact org...
Throughout the pandemic and subsequent years, we saw a shift in how businesses approached diversity and equity. However, it is clear that if we want to continue improving our ecosystems, we still have a long way to go before we can close that divide. This week, episode 8 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about human-centered solutions and technology to help entrepreneurs scale. RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers...
To create an ecosystem that is thriving, it’s important that ecosystem builders work together with the local community. Everyone impacted should have a voice and be made aware of the shifts happening in their rural community. This week, episode 7 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about how to build a resilient startup ecosystem! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers...
Serendipity in ecosystem building is a huge underlying and immeasurable resource. It’s important to have communities that support amazing things coming together in a harmonious way. This episode of the Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about reducing the barriers to entry for rural startups.RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our ...
When you look at ecosystems in nature, like the rainforest, for example, it’s not all tall trees but a variety of different species that come together to create a bigger landscape. The same goes for our regional ecosystems. It takes every one of every size to come together and win as a whole. This week, season 2, episode 5 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, is about the value of variety in ecosystem building.RISE Collaborative strives to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional econ...
Those of us who have easy access to the internet often take for granted the benefits we reap from it. By providing equitable access to the internet across our rural communities, we are opening doors for these individuals to start a business, finish their degrees, participate in programs, and reap the benefits as well. This week, season 2, episode 4 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, is about the impact of internet access! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive an...
For anything to come together in a short amount of time AND without funding, it takes a community of people believing in the same mission and working together to create a network of resources to act as a strong foundation. This week, season 2 episode 3 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about fostering collaboration, connection, and building a statewide network of entrepreneurial support!RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which ma...
When it comes to your startup, if you don’t have the passion behind what you’re selling, you’re not going to make it as far as you think. This week, season 2 episode 2 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about secrets to a successful startup! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is to enhance equity and access to ...
We often fall into this trap of only looking at the professional facet of a person rather than the people themselves. When you take the time to understand the person, what it is they want, and how you can support them, that is where the most aligned efforts stem from to keep things moving forward. This week, season 2 episode 1of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about putting people first.RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which mak...
You can't control an entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has its own form, its own life. It's the magic that happens when certain things and people come together. On episode 10 of the Entrepreneurship on the RISE podcast, one of those people, Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Executive Director Sheri McGuire, joins us to talk about the ever-evolving nature of rural ecosystem building and how a strong ecosystem benefits not only entrepreneurs and business-owners, but entire com...
What every ecosystem needs is a connector that builds this vast network of open doors for more and more people to access different people and resources they were never able to before. This week, episode 9 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about building networking loops! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is t...
Not everyone has the privilege to travel the world, so it is even more important for the ones that can to bring some of that knowledge and perspective back to their small towns for the greater benefit. This week, episode 8 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about present, community-centered leadership! CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ...
Connectivity is a key consideration when it comes to bringing new people, businesses, and job markets to the region and MBC works to do just that. That’s why episode 7 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about how MBC is allowing our region to get connected!CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for businesses and social ventures. With the a...
Rural communities are so often left behind, but if we work to bridge the resource gap and empower these communities to work together for the common good, we can change the region as a whole. This week, episode 6 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about bridging the resource gap in rural communities!CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for...
One of the most important considerations in economic development is securing those opportunities for generational wealth and development. Today’s guest is a perfect example of someone that not only has an impressive lifetime of economic development himself but helps others do the same. This week, episode 5 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about a lifetime of ecosystem building. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Mich...
When you create a pipeline for the next generation of entrepreneurs to get the resources and support they need, you are able to make an immense impact on building and growing the community as a whole. This week, episode 4 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Joe Kirgues, are sharing the importance of providing opportunities to people who ...
When you foster relationships between entrepreneurs across different communities, the benefits span to everyone across the region and create a snowball effect for change. This week, episode 3 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about working together to support emerging communities. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guests Taylor and Margaret from Startup Colorado share the importance of communities working together to benef...
It is so important for every type of entrepreneur to have a seat at the table because there is strength in experiences from all walks of life and that strength is going to be what keeps other entrepreneurs motivated to move ideas forward. This week, episode 2 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about generating inclusivity and accessibility in entrepreneurship!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest, Kristin Slice are sharing the...
When you think of television and film, your brain automatically connects to the big stories coming out of LA, but it’s the small-town stories that are the ones that hold so much value in their telling. This week, episode 1 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about the representation of small-town stories!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Natalie Hodge are sharing the importance of shedding light on the underrepresented stor...
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