You know it when you feel it.
Possibility is the water everyone is swimming in. Status quo suggestions feel like a record needle scratching into an awkward silence.
Even the anxiety drenched hours where all glamour turns into feelings of inadequacy are still better than a day punching the clock.
Every once in a while, somebody says it out loud.
One community From many communities To Support a new generation of entrepreneurs
The System holding up entrepreneurship
Although these disparate entities exist within silos, each with their own rules and cultures, they all play a direct role in either accelerating or hindering entrepreneurs.
Each entity needs its own strategy that aligns with the greater community goal.
Each must answer the question, “In what unique way do we support entrepreneurship and innovation?”
Multiple Strategies toward one goal
No one can be everything.
Everything can’t be centralized into
However, everything can move in the
same direction. Over time, what looks
like disconnected silos can be powered
by unifying principles, which define our
It starts with you
Start Garden’s own staff did not have the diversity or experience to work across a system that impacts all neighborhoods. By adopting a shared leadership model, where Darel Ross II & Jorge Gonzalez (former executive directors of LINC and West Michigan Hispanic Chamber), joined with Mike Morin & Paul Moore, Start Garden has a 360 degree view on local entrepreneurial development like no other organization.
the community is responsible to its future entrepreneurs
Never before has there been this much skin in the game from public, private, corporate and philanthropic sectors to support a next generation of startups. Start Garden’s funding sources touch every sector of our region. Which is essential because philanthropic dollars resource initiatives corporate dollars do not, public dollars resource efforts private dollars cannot.
IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS, WE’VE LAUNCHED PROJECTS WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS
We developed a pipeline of diverse talent to fuel our tech startups
Nationally, women & minorities continue to remain outside the tech industry.
At the global center for the tech & startup world, San Francisco, black and hispanic tech executives are below 5%, although they make up 21% of the city’s population.*
*Citylab, When it Comes to Tech, Racial Disparities are Far Worse than Gender Disparities
programs in Spanish
We’re constructing the sandbox where innovation can play
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We’ve married startup innovations with enterprise engines
LAUNCHING PLATFORMS TO STOP THINKING, AND START DOING ENTREPRENEURSHIP
$80,000 grants given to
16 aspiring entrepreneurs
1 record broken for regional attendance
14 attempts to launch a startup
We use the phrase, “Powered by Start Garden” to mean two things.
First, the platforms and programs we operate internally.
More importantly, it means pulling together an entire system that no single entity can replace to collectively move toward one goal…
To make this place the best place to start a business and stay.