Focus Group Registration – Higher Ed Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Toolkit

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Venn Collaborative are partnering on the development of a toolkit for higher education engagement in entrepreneurial ecosystem building. This project is supported by the Kauffman Foundation.

We’d like your input! Whether you are someone working at a college or university on entrepreneurial ecosystem building and economic development, OR you are at another type of organization engaged in entrepreneurship and ecosystems, OR you are an entrepreneur, we would like to hear your ideas and insights about how colleges and universities can best contribute to entrepreneurship and equitable economic development ecosystems.

Join our virtual focus groups

During the week of January 9 – 13, 2023, we will be conducting 45-minute virtual focus groups (via Zoom), gathering input on five key questions. The focus groups will be held twice each day, and each day we’ll explore a different question.


Focus Group Sessions

  • Monday, January 9, 1pm and 4pm Eastern
    What experiences or observations do you have—good and bad— about current participation by colleges and universities in entrepreneurial ecosystems?
  • Tuesday, January 10, 1pm and 4pm Eastern
    What are the drivers, assets, and opportunities for college or university participation in entrepreneurial ecosystems—that is, what things support such participation?
  • Wednesday, January 11, 1pm and 4pm Eastern
    What are the barriers to participation by colleges and universities in entrepreneurial ecosystems—that is, what challenges arise for institutions or their ecosystem partners?
  • Thursday, January 12, 1pm and 4pm Eastern
    What are the key roles that colleges and universities can and should play in entrepreneurship ecosystems or to encourage entrepreneurship more broadly?
  • Friday, January 13, 1pm and 4pm Eastern
    What tools do higher education institutions and their entrepreneurship ecosystem partners require for higher education participation to be most effective?

Instructions: You can sign up for either the 1pm Eastern (noon CT, 11am MT, 10am PT) series, or the 4pm Eastern (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT) series, and then attend whichever sessions your schedule allows (you do not need to attend all sessions, or even one session for each question).