Beth Zimmer on Reducing the Barriers to Entry for Rural Startups

​Serendipity in ecosystem building is a huge underlying and immeasurable resource. It’s important to have communities the support of amazing things coming together in a harmonious way. This episode of the Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about reducing the barriers to entry for rural startups.



In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Beth Zimmer are sharing Beth’s experience in working to solve the problem of an underdeveloped ecosystem lacking in startups and the beauty that comes when we all work together towards a common goal.


Beth Zimmer

Beth Zimmer

The Ecosystem Building Leadership Project is an initiative to collaboratively design, create, and validate a formal entity or shared infrastructure whose purpose is to provide leadership for the advancement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field of practice. Past ESHIP Summits and other inputs have made clear the need for more coordinated and centralized efforts to build field-wide infrastructure that will help accelerate wider understanding and adoption of ecosystem building as a practice in economic, community, workforce and entrepreneurship development in the United States.

Key Takeaways

  • The role of serendipity in ecosystem building. 
  • What is an ecosystem builder, in Beth’s own words. 
  • How Right to Start helps reduce the barrier to entry so that entrepreneurs can start and feel supported along the way. 
  • Creating a platform with high engagement by setting the intentions of it being a space that belongs to all of it’s creators AND users. 
  • The immense value of social capital in ecosystem building.
  • Advice and guidance for early ecosystem builders.

Ecosystem building is a no brainer but we have to remember that we can go farther together than we can alone.

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