Earlier today I had the opportunity to talk to a group of business leaders that were in town as part of the Cincinnati Leadership Exchange to learn about Atlanta and recent city initiatives. I was asked to talk about the Atlanta Tech Village and ways to grow a startup community. Of course, we had several lessons learned over the past 18 months.
Here are seven tips for startup community building:
- Don’t try to control all the startup community activities in town — let a thousand flowers bloom
- Bring the community together on a monthly basis for entrepreneurs to share progress on their startup with the greater community, and have no other agenda beyond building community (see the Atlanta Startup Village)
- Connect mid-to-large companies in the region with startups through curated meetings (the best form of funding for startups is helping them find customers)
- Focus entrepreneurs on building successful, sustainable businesses and…
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