Building Bridges: Connecting Small & Mid-sized Communities

Eva Doss
Pat Morand
02 Nov 2016
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
George Bellows E | Lower Level

Building Bridges: Connecting Small & Mid-sized Communities

Small towns and rural communities are much less likely to generate new business startups than in the past, according to a new analysis from the Economic Innovation Group. For many regions, a lack of startup capital is the driving force behind the rapid decline in entrepreneurship. During this session, panelists will discuss proven strategies that have helped rural regions and small metros build strong capital-investment networks and how they connect with larger pools of capital outside their region. They will highlight their own experiences as well as discuss other models from across the country. Attendees will leave this session with ideas for developing a better strategy for cultivating and growing their region’s investor network and connecting it to other capital sources outside their region.


  • Eva Doss, President & CEO, The Launch Place


  • Nathaniel V. Henshaw, Managing Director, CEI Ventures
  • Pat Morand, President, Open Prairie Ventures