University Economic Development Association

Concurrent Session – Designing, Building, and Sustaining Ecosystems: Lessons from the UEDA Ecosystems Design Network

Speakers: The following speakers have been invited:
Jim Woodell (moderator) – Owner & Principal, Jim Woodell & Company
Suzanne Hallman – Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Business Innovation Group, Georgia Southern University
Genna Hurd – Associate Researcher Institute for Policy and Research, University of Kansas
Stephanie Pierce – Economic Development & Entrepreneur Relations Manager, K-State Innovation Partners, Kansas State University
George Ward – Executive Director, Coldstream Research Campus, University of Kentucky


Funded by The Lemelson Foundation, UEDA recently piloted its Ecosystems Design Network, to help members better engage and grown regional economic development ecosystems. Exploring invention and entrepreneurship as ecosystem catalysts, and the many roles that the university and regional partners play, participating UEDA members discovered ways to bring momentum to their ecosystems. This session will explore the ways in which design thinking principles can be applied to facilitating the development of regional ecosystems. Participants in the Ecosystems Design Network pilot will share their strategies and report on the ways in which ecosystem building continues in their regions.

September 21 @ 09:15
09:15 — 10:30 (1h 15′)