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Join us for a conversation with Techstars leaders, local founders and startup ecosystem supporters on ways to grow the 757 Startup Community

The results of Techstars’ assessment of the Hampton Roads startup ecosystem are in!

Join us for an interactive and actionable presentation of the insights shared by the startup community through one-on-one interviews and surveys. This event will also feature up and coming local founders who will share their candid feedback and offer ways to support the community. We’ll also announce new workshops and resources for founders and supporters, and wrap with a live community Q&A with the authors of Startup Community Way.

In this event, you will learn:

✅ What’s happening in the 757 startup community

✅ Constructive insights from the Techstars Ecosystem Assessment

✅ Immediately actionable ways to support founders and grow the startup ecosystem

About the Featured Speakers:

Brad Feld

Founder of Foundry Group, co-founder of Techstars, Venture Capitalist, Podcaster, & Co-author of “The Startup Community Way – Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”

Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures.

Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blog Feld Thoughts.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 25 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.

Brad lives in Boulder, Colorado and Homer, Alaska with his wife and is on a quest to run a marathon in every state in the US.

Ian Hathaway

Head of Ecosystems at Techstars, Investor, Advisor, & Co-author of “The Startup Community Way – Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”

Ian Hathaway is an analyst, strategic advisor, writer, and entrepreneur, with an interest and expertise in startups, technology, and their impact. He works with leading organizations to produce data-driven insights, develop new products, shape competitive strategies, build customer relationships, and lead global teams. Ian has launched new ventures, helped young organizations get off the ground, and worked with established firms to expand into new markets.

Ian has published for prominent research institutions, universities, businesses, and periodicals, and is co-author of The Startup Community Way, a book on entrepreneurial ecosystems published in July 2020. His research and writing are regularly cited in leading press outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, and many others. He is a frequent contributor for outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal.

Ian has advised organizations in the technology and media, startup and venture capital, financial and professional services, and non-profit and public policy sectors on a range of strategic, innovation, analytical, and content-related matters. His clients have included large multinationals, high-growth startups, leading investors and service providers, prominent research institutions and universities, and influential advocacy organizations, among others.

Currently, he leads the global ecosystems business at Techstars, which works with entrepreneurs, community leaders, and institutions around the world to support their path towards building better ecosystems. Ian is an active startup advisor, mentor, and investor. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a board member at the Center for American Entrepreneurship.

Previously, Ian was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank and World Trade Organization, lead innovation initiatives at Bloomberg and Frontier Economics, was an advisor or early employee in Silicon Valley venture-backed startups (successes and failures), founded and sold an analytics and economic advisory firm, and was an adjunct professor at New York University. Ian is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied economics and political economy.

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