Last week I put out a tweet to collect ideas for accelerating the entrepreneurial trajectory of Atlanta, and received a number of excellent ideas. Now, none of these ideas are limited to Atlanta and most are needed in all cities.
Here are 18 ideas for accelerating entrepreneurship in a city:
- Run a billboard campaign highlighting local startups
- Provide free training and courses for local founders
- Develop and support free/subsidized office space for startups like the Atlanta Tech Village
- Organize an accelerator program like Y Combinator
- Launch a YouTube video channel of local startup stories
- Connect local mid-to-large companies with startups
- Get large companies to commit to working on their procurement process to accommodate a certain number of startups
- Drive a public relations campaign to spotlight local entrepreneurs
- Coordinate an “after hours” program for entrepreneurs that have full-time day jobs
- Facilitate formal internship programs across startups
- Engage with local K-12 schools and get kids involved in entrepreneurship at an early age
- Run speed dating events between entrepreneurs and angels
- Partner with the local universities to help more students build businesses while in college
- Educate potential angel investors so that they feel comfortable investing more
- Bootstrapping programs to help startups do more with less
- Curate entrepreneurs-in-residence that help startups
- Find local mentors that want to help startups with no ulterior motive
- Acquire housing options for startups
Wow, that’s a great list. I’m really excited about the ideas and eager to help accelerate the entrepreneurial growth in our community.
What else? What are some more ideas to accelerate a city’s entrepreneurial trajectory?