Connecting Communities at the Speed of Trust

Streamline your economic development efforts with a single platform for managing SSBCI, ARPA, Build Back Better, MBDA, and other initiatives.

Our Services

Startup space platform

A streamlined, tech-enabled approach to small business support. This customizable platform integrates all the tools, knowledge and support entrepreneurs need to start and grow a business in your community.

Market Research

Gain insights into small business needs or resource gaps by leveraging your license to Startup Space. Our team of experts can help you design and conduct surveys and market research to inform strategic initiatives, investment decisions, and policy.

impact reporting & advocacy

Access the metrics and insights needed to effectively understand and communicate the impact of your work with reporting tools, expertise, and resources available through EIC and Startup Space.

Platform Features

Dedicated Portal

Create your community’s main online destination for local small business resources and support. Login optional.


Mobile App

Deliver digitally inclusive assistance on desktop and mobile devices and a free mobile app. 


Resource Compass

Map your entrepreneurship ecosystem in a searchable digital resource guide with 24/7 navigation services.


Facilitate connection through a centralized local events calendar and live discussions between members.


Knowledge Center

Empower entrepreneurs with access to curated self-guided small business development content.



Mentorship & More

Turn on additional features to extend your online offerings including mentorship, coworking, group-based training, and more.




Trusted Globally by Economic Developers and Ecosystem Builders.

Join 40,000 users in over 100 communities today

More than 100 economic development entities across the U.S. use Startup Space to power thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Additional Platform Features

Customizable Platform

Bring the community together under your brand with a customized web portal, feature configurations, and external integrations.

CRM & Surveys

Manage members, track engagement, and measure impact over time using built-in profiles, surveys and CRM.



Track key metrics for individuals and the community with real-time dashboard displays and dynamic reports.


Assign roles for administrators, staff, users, and groups to control access to functionality and data. 


Manage technical assistance, grants, or other training groups to improve and track outcomes over time.

Support Services

Dedicated onboarding and ongoing support from a passionate, highly experienced team.

By the Numbers

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Success Stories

Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University

We (the Erie Technology Incubator) are new to Startup Space and began our journey with them in January 2023. I cannot stress enough how awesome the team is with regard to onboarding.

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Kathy Roach
Manager of Entrepreneurial Operations at the Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University

Invest Atlanta

Startup Space powered by EIC was selected as the platform for Invest Atlanta’s RFP Digital Navigator Web Portal project as part of the American Rescue Plan to connect small businesses to experienced business consultants for one-on-one assistance. 

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Jeff Morris
Technical Assistance Program Manager, Invest Atlanta

St. Louis Development Corporation

We here at St. Louis Development Corporation needed a system that allowed us to form a community to provide different services for the entrepreneurs we work with to engage with us, and we also wanted to track business data and information.

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Stacy Fowler

SVP, Minority and Small Business Development

An Economic Imperative

EIC is changing the way economic developers approach their work through innovation, equity, wealth creation, thought leadership and client success.

Case Studies

Learn how economic developers are using tech-based solutions to create an ecosysystem of support for small businesses to thrive and measure the impact of their work.

White Papers

By tapping into EIC’s expertise in market research, you gain an edge in making data-driven decisions that will foster inclusion, drive innovation, and position your community for greater success in an increasingly diverse landscape.


Revitalizing Rural America: The Economic Power of Main Street Programming

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

The Importance of Main Street Revitalization For the many small towns and villages across America's heartland, long-term economic and population decline has put their...

Reimagining the Ecosystem: Looking Beyond Mapping Your Ecosystem to Evolve with Entrepreneurial Needs

by | Mar 28, 2024 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

Communities around the country are refocusing efforts on developing and supporting entrepreneurship. One of the first steps many take is defining what their unique...

ecosystem convener blog

5 Things Every Economic Developer Can Do to Become an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Convener

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

Entrepreneurial ecosystems don't spring up overnight. They require cultivation by champions who advocate for entrepreneurship, connect key players, develop talent and...

Leveraging Startup Space for Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development Programs

by | Dec 1, 2023 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development | 0 Comments

The landscape of small business support has evolved significantly, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations like the Michigan Economic Development...

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