Checklist of Startup Community Ingredients

David Cummings on Startups

Recently I was meeting with a friend talking about our respective startup communities. We covered many of the usual topics and then got to one I hadn’t explicitly discussed before: a checklist of common startup community ingredients. Meaning, when you look at a city, what programs, events, facilities, etc. do you expect to find?

Here’s the start of a checklist of startup community ingredients:

  • Critical mass of entrepreneurs – Entrepreneurs need to be out en masse building companies
  • Entrepreneur-lead initiatives – Entrepreneurs need to lead the community (see the Boulder Thesis)
  • Engineering schools – Both traditional technical universities and more modern code schools are necessary for a steady supply of technical talent
  • Meetup groups – Regular gatherings for sales, marketing, engineering, entrepreneurs, etc.
  • Co-working spaces – Shared desks and conference rooms
  • Furnished office spaces – Private rooms and suites fully furnished for startups
  • Event centers – Large conference centers that are…

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