our partners

EIC provides the tools and infrastructure for entrepreneurship-led economic development initiatives nationwide. Learn more about these organizations and their economic impact.

Denver, CO

Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, The Commons is a hub powered by the Downtown Denver Partnership for those who want to innovate, build a business or take the lead. Whether you’re working on the next big thing or just getting an idea off the ground, The Commons on Champa brings together the entrepreneurial resources and support to help you make a real impact.

Twin Cities, MN

Led by a growing coalition of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate innovators, entrepreneurial support organizations and others, Forge North is a movement to make Minneapolis-Saint Paul the best place to start and scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges.

Hillsborough County, FL

[email protected] is the centralized hub for all things related to innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and social venturing offered at Hillsborough Community College. HCC is a national leader in community college entrepreneurship education. [email protected] also leads Operation Startup, a startup lab for veterans & social entrepreneurs to develop and launch their businesses in a collaborative, high impact environment. 

Columbus, GA

StartUP Columbus is an organization focused on cultivating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem to support entrepreneurs and successful startups. They support entrepreneurs through mentorship programs and increased accessibility to human, financial, and
professional resources.

LaunchTN

The State of Tennessee

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. LaunchTN empowers Network Partners and other stakeholders by making resources accessible in order to activate sustainable economic growth in Tennessee. Their aim is to stimulate the statewide economy by facilitating capital formation, market building and nurturing Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Amplify Latinx

Amplify Latinx cultivates a supportive and inclusive network that fosters mentorship, collaboration, and relationships. They build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement, economic opportunity and leadership representation across sectors.

AZ TechCelerator

AZ TechCelerator incubates businesses in the growing city of Surprise, Arizona. Their Innovation Center programs are designed to accommodate the needs of growing businesses by providing them with mentors, training, affordable space, and a multitude of resources custom tailored for entrepreneurship ventures.

Be Boss Online

Be Boss Online provides a solution to teach business owners how to utilize digital marketing and social media to reach their customers. Be Boss Online is simple to use, innovative, flexible, comprehensive, and always current curriculum designed for organizations that provide Technical Assistance to business owners.

Biz NATION Powered by The Advancement Foundation

The Advancement Foundation engineers opportunities while implementing dynamic business development programs, leverages local and national resources, and increases community capacity with proven methodology and structure. Successive and innovative strategies provide a wide funnel for business development of all kinds – gig, Main Street and early stage high growth companies. The Advancement Foundation’s programs meet communities and entrepreneurs as part of this a growing entrepreneurial resources network. 

Bridge Virtual Incubator

The Bridge Virtual Incubator was conceived and developed through the efforts of the City of Champaign and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. Important contributors from all over Champaign County have provided content, access, and the tools you need to navigate your way to business success.

The Biz Foundry

The Biz Foundry is a community of entrepreneurs, remote workers, artists, and professionals living in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. They’re eager to achieve their goals and to surround themselves with a community of people eager to do the same. Check out their coworking space today!

Build Institute

Build Institute helps people turn their business ideas into reality by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and support network in Detroit. In addition to classes they offer networking events, mentorship, connections to resources and a nurturing community that allows ideas to develop and flourish over time.

Business Elevator

Business Elevator is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on building strong, community-based entrepreneurial ecosystems. Founded in Champaign-Urbana, their goal is to enhance economic opportunity for everyone in the community by increasing the share of diverse businesses and employment opportunities for disenfranchised, disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented individuals.  

 

Calvin University

Calvin University is a world-class university in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here, you will discover a bold, transformative education that’s grounded in Christian conviction. Be inspired by innovation, leadership, and artistic expression. Be challenged to respond to the world’s needs. Research, expansive global opportunities, service-learning and hands-on experiences contribute to the success Calvin graduates have in careers and further graduate study.

 

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Capital City Chamber of Commerce

The Capital City Chamber is the “go-to” organization for business development and community outreach partnership/advocacy opportunities in the community.  The Capital City Chamber is dedicated to supporting underserved small businesses in the areas of education, certification and accessing contracting opportunities and capital.

Catawba College

Designed to integrate academic excellence, creativity, innovation, and hands-on experience, the Entrepreneurship program at Catawba College gives students a detailed understanding of, and necessary skills, to run a small business, to launch their own venture, to take a leadership role in a venture, or to take on an intrapreneurial role in a mature organization.

CEED

CEED

CEED, the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development, has been committed to advancing and supporting the spirit of entrepreneurship for more than 25 years. CEED is committed to delivering innovative programs and services that empower individuals and communities to achieve their full potential. We envision a vibrant and entrepreneurial Nova Scotia, and our mandate encompasses social and economic principles that make that vision a reality.

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Cintrifuse

Cintrifuse has one very clear mission: to make Greater Cincinnati the #1 tech startup hub in the midwest and among the most attractive innovation hubs in the nation. This is a critical mission for the region because winning in the startup space stimulates the economy and invigorates the community. It creates jobs, brings talent, attracts investment, and unlocks the region’s potential to lead innovation in a wide range of industries.

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City of Battle Creek, Michigan

The City of Battle Creek Small Business Development team delivers economic development services to small businesses throughout the community. Guided by the small business development strategic plan, the city employs economic development professionals who work to attract investment, and facilitate small business growth and development.

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City of Newark, California

Newark is a thriving home for many smart and successful businesses. Located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay on 13 square miles near the water, Newark represents a diverse, bustling economy at the gateway to some of the world’s most affluent markets.

Co.act Detroit

Co.act Detroit is a hub for accelerating collaborative action in Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit community. They have paired national best practice research with local insights and context to develop a nimble and coordinated approach to realizing impact in the region.

College of Lake County, Illinois

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves.

CSU

Colorado State University

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent.

Commonplace

Commonplace is a community innovation hub located in Traverse City, Michigan that holds space for people who enliven healthy, connected, and creative organizations and communities to work, learn, and connect.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

DSLCC provides opportunities for the extension of knowledge, skills and personal enrichment in an environment that maintains high academic standards and respect for each individual. The college strives to keep programs and services financially and geographically accessible for all students.

Denver South Economic Development Partnership

Denver South Economic Development Partnership is committed to building upon the organization’s legacy through visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement and positive business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner to continuously improve the region’s economy and high-quality living standard.

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) is considered a critical citywide tool in deploying both place-based and job creation strategies. They work to support existing businesses and bring new companies and investments to the city. From identifying potential development sites and negotiating development agreements, to managing construction projects and eliminating obstacles to growth, DEGC is dedicated to being an advocate for businesses large and small. 

Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), in the Seidman College of Business, is dedicated to developing best practices in entrepreneurship education and community engagement that enhance and impact the creation of new ventures and opportunities.

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation is a non-profit, community-based organization working to preserve and improve the Grandmont Rosedale Neighborhoods of northwest Detroit. They take a comprehensive approach to community revitalization, with programs designed to renovate vacant homes, assist local homeowners and businesses, beautify the community and keep neighborhoods safe and vibrant.

The Great Falls Development Authority

The Great Fall Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA) is a regional public/private EDO which focuses its efforts on the 13-county Great Falls Montana trade area, also known as Montana’s Golden Triangle. GFDA works on business attraction, business retention/expansion, business start-ups, and a wide range of efforts to make the region more competitive in attracting private investment and retaining/attracting talent.

Invest St. Lucia

Invest Saint Lucia, the official Investment Promotion Agency of the Government of Saint Lucia, is responsible for stimulating, facilitating and promoting inward investment opportunities for both foreign and local investors. 

ISM, Inc.

ISM, Inc. works in five practice areas – the “pillars of business” – that weave together. These include entrepreneurship, global leadership, community, technology and education. ISM, Inc. inspires entrepreneurs, supports the establishment of incubators, and builds leadership programs around the world.

Jefferson East, Inc.

JEI represents 5 distinct neighborhoods along the east Jefferson corridor and provides programming within a boundary area of 18.4 square miles. Their mission is to grow Detroit’s east Jefferson corridor and its neighborhoods through facilitative leadership, collaborative partnership, innovative and impactful programming.

 

Kern Initiative of Talent + Entrepreneurship

The Kern Initiative for Talent and Entrepreneurship is a project of the SeedCore Foundation, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation, in partnership with the Kern Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership. KITE is a network of professionals who recognize the importance of entrepreneurship in the Kern county community. With a network of resource partners, they help entrepreneurs navigate their business ownership journey.  

Launch OKC

Launch OKC Metro is the place to find resources, connect with entrepreneurs, and share the success of the OKC ecosystem. It is a partnership between the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, i2E, and the Tom Love Innovation Hub.

Live6 Alliance

Live6 Alliance’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity in Northwest Detroit. Working as a convener and implementer of programs in support of small businesses, real estate and building improvements, and placemaking, Live6 provides community leadership for the vision of revitalized, sustainable commercial corridors and surrounding neighborhoods.

Longmont Economic Development Partnership

Longmont EDP’s mission is to lead a comprehensive, collaborative economic development strategy to promote and strengthen our community’s economic health. A 501c(6) non-profit organization, Longmont EDP exists to help build and maintain a vibrant and inclusive economy, and to help Longmont achieve its full potential for growth, prosperity, and inclusion.

Machias Valley Center for Entrepreneurship

Made in Nevada

Maine Accelerates Growth Initiative (MxG)

Maine Department of Economic & Community Development

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) works with statewide and local partners, private industry and small businesses to enhance and sustain economic prosperity in Maine. DECD and its partners show companies how to benefit from millions of dollars in tax credits, reimbursements, R&D credits, capital loans, even direct investment. 

Maricopa Community Colleges

The Community Entrepreneurship Center for student entrepreneurs is a business incubator offering education, services, tools, and resources for start-up and existing businesses.

Metro East Business Incubator

The Metro East Business Incubator (MEBI) is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization established to help startup businesses and companies still in their early stages within St. Clair County communities including Fairview Heights, O’Fallon & Swansea. They offer clients various services geared to drive revenue and ensure the sustainability and growth of their businesses.

Michigan Community Resources (MCR)

MCR advances the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals and communities through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organizational development, and trusted guidance.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.

Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to support and enhance community and economic development in the Midtown & New Center areas through collaboration and partnerships with key stakeholders and supportive funders.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

The Minnesota Chamber leads the statewide business community to advance pro-business, responsible public policy that creates jobs and grows the economy, and provides member services to address evolving business needs.

Mississippi SBDC

The Mississippi SBDC is the gateway to and premier provider of small business assistance and resources that lead to success and entrepreneurial growth. Their mission is to foster Mississippi’s entrepreneurial ecosystem; providing businesses expertise and resources that drive success.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

NACCE unites community college presidents, educators, administrators and center directors focused on igniting entrepreneurship on their campuses and in their communities. We provide a variety of strategic resources, professional development opportunities and access to funding, accelerating the growth of entrepreneurship across the nation.

Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Nevada SBDC guides and assists Nevadans looking to start and grow businesses, with objectives to increase business starts, create and retain jobs, and increase access to capital. They also offer and coordinate a wide range of workshops and courses in collaboration with public and private entities.

New Economy Initiative

The New Economy Initiative, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, is a philanthropy-led entrepreneurial development strategy working to build an inclusive regional network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

North Dakota Small Business Development Center

The North Dakota SBDC helps North Dakotans to start, manage, and grow their businsses. They use expertise to help make businesses successful with professional business advisors that have years of experience and know what it takes to start a business and operate it successfully in the state.

NSU Broward Center of Innovation

NSU students have unique access to business startup/ramp-up assistance, training in entrepreneurship and business fundamentals, boot camps, guest speakers and early-stage financing at the Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation. 

Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

Osborn Neighborhood Alliance (ONA) functions as an independent governing body that engages and empowers families to have all the resources and supports necessary to make their children successful by creating an effective format for communication and cooperation between parents, residents, community leaders, business, clergy, law enforcement and school staff in the Osborn neighborhood.

Peak Startup

Peak Startup is building the Colorado Springs startup ecosystem by cultivating opportunities for founders, innovators, and investors to learn, grow and connect.

Project X-ITE at the University of Denver

Project X-ITE believes that the only constant is change, and that change creates opportunity. So, they help students cultivate an Innovator’s Mindset, prepare them to add value in any environment, and empower them to launch creative solutions. 

ProsperUS Detroit

ProsperUS Detroit is a place-based economic development initiative that builds and sustains neighborhood entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through entrepreneur training, business support services, and micro-lending, the program infuses neighborhoods in Detroit with services and capital that support local entrepreneurs, help stabilize neighborhood economies, and inspire the local community.

Salt Lake Community College

The Mill at SLCC Miller Campus is the home of the American dream. This is the place entrepreneurs come when they are ready to get serious about their idea and put in the hard work of building a business.

SCORE Detroit

SCORE Southeast Michigan mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses in Southeast Michigan.

SMARTstart

SMARTstart is the ultimate resource for new and growing businesses in Pasco County, Florida. The Pasco Economic Development Council has the tools to establish and grow a strong business in Pasco County. The SMARTstart Small Business program is an innovative suite of programs that provides the tools growing businesses need for long-term success. 

Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities

Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities’ vision is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. They believe in a purpose-driven economy led by purpose equal to profits. Through building awareness and connections, they empower social enterprises with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed and work to foster an ecosystem in which they can thrive.

SOVA Innovation Hub Powered by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation

MBC is a Virginia-based leader in creating unique public-private partnerships to build and operate open-access fiber networks. MBC has built over 1,900 route miles of fiber in Southern Virginia to bring competition and drive down costs to accelerate digital inclusiveness.

Southwest Detroit Business Association

Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) fosters innovation, drive, and commitment. SDBA works with investors, entrepreneurs, customers, and neighbors to capitalize on Southwest Detroit’s competitive advantage. They support their community’s vision for a healthy, vibrant neighborhood.

Spark MHK

Spark is a non-profit, community-based hub of programming and networks designed to connect entrepreneurs, start ups and small business owners to each other and the larger ecosystem in the Greater Manhattan area. They encourage economic development and regional growth when they back the backbone of the community: entrepreneurs, small business owners and game-changing innovators.

St. Petersburg Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is St. Petersburg’s front-door to business growth, providing business owners and entrepreneurs with the education, resources and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy. Comprised of an expert team from the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with a wide network of partners, they are committed to the economic growth and development of St. Petersburg’s economy.

Start Garden

Start Garden was founded on the ethic of finding fast, inexpensive ways to turn ideas into actions. Today, Start Garden works to make accessible platforms to do just that.

Startup RENO

We’re transforming our region through entrepreneurship and technology by cultivating a connection between Reno’s startups with innovators, investors, and support organizations.

Tarrant County College

TCC is a two-year college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Our many educational initiatives help us stay true to our mission to provide affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning.

United States Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA)

The United States Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) is a semi-autonomous government organization responsible for the promotion and enhancement of economic development in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

University of Colorado Boulder

We connect, elevate and grow CU Boulder’s vast innovation and entrepreneurial resources to inspire and turn ideas to impact. Innovation & Entrepreneurship helps our 35,530 students, 4,400 faculty and 5,050 staff understand what it means to be an entrepreneur and innovator.

University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneuship

The USF Center for Entrepreneurship is a nationally ranked, campus-wide, interdisciplinary center located in the Muma College of Business. It operates, in partnership with USF CONNECT, the USF Student Innovation Incubator founded in 2013. The center provides professional connections for students with the Tampa Bay business community.

University of Nevada, Reno

The Ozmen Center at the University of Nevada, Reno serves as a point of inspiration and clearinghouse for information, an idea space that facilitates entrepreneurship, moving ideas into action. Our goals are to focus on the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills, assist faculty in commercializing their research, and improve northern Nevada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Utah Valley Business Resource Center

The UVU Business Resource Center helps entrepreneurs gain access to money, markets, and mentoring while helping them grow their ideas, revenues, and profits.

Vegas Chamber

As the largest business support organization in Nevada, the Vegas Chamber is focused on helping Nevada businesses succeed and create jobs. We are the voice of business helping to amplify the needs, challenges, and opportunities for our employers and entrepreneurs. 

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (WMHCC) 

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan.

Young Entrepreneurial Students (YES)

Young Entrepreneurial Students is a solution-providing organization that focuses on developing underestimated youth in underestimated communities, ages 11-25, through the introduction of entrepreneurship, life skills education, and innovative thinking.

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