Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas wanted to do more than provide health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it reached out to NetWork Kansas with an idea to provide grants to manufacturers to increase supply of critical PPE for hospitals. This story outlines how the Kansas entrepreneurial ecosystem mobilized quickly to address the PPE shortage in Kansas.
We believe that fostering grassroots entrepreneurship is foundational to a successful restart, recovery, and resiliency campaign. In Planning for a Post Pandemic World, Lessons from the Great Recession and Other Economic Crises, we provide new thinking on how Americans can make themselves whole, vision and grow more equitable and better economies, and create opportunities for all who live in our communities.
The Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund is a shining example of the power of eSystems during economic crisis. In just two weeks, NetWork Kansas and its partners were able to deploy $5 million in emergency loans to Kansas restaurants, bars and hotels. We detail how they were able to accomplish this feat and why it worked. We believe this story will inspire your own entrepreneurial system work.
This month we're taking a break from posting original content to share helpful and inspiring stories coming from communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; read the April Newsletter.
What are the necessary ingredients for growing more prosperous communities? We've developed a proven framework for rural community vitality informed by practitioners and researchers from across North America.
Entrepreneurship is a creative process. Where entrepreneurs choose to live and work is an important part of the process. Good economic development plans need a thoughtful placemaking strategy focused on quality of life.
We explore the current state of eEcosystem funding and outline an innovative three-point approach to funding as a venture model in this thought paper.