The Idea Village is the recognized thought-leader in entrepreneurship ecosystem development, as is evidenced by decisions from Google and The White House to use New Orleans as a model for entrepreneurship in their efforts across the country. However, while The Idea Village story is genuine, it is not so unique that it cannot be implemented elsewhere.
What makes New Orleans’ movement so powerful however is the fact that is it centered on the core elements of the city’s culture in being organized around a Season. This insight is incredibly important to the transference of the model. It is therefore important to note that when being transferred; the model may need to be adapted based on the cultural uniqueness of the community it is being implemented in.
The Idea Village Co-Founder and CEO, Tim Williamson, has been asked to go to many cities and speak to various economic development organizations, including the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, about the key fundamentals to building and sustaining an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most recently, Williamson traveled to Japan to share insights on building such a movement in the wake of disaster as part of a countrywide speaker program honoring the one year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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