Stronger Ecosystems Create Stronger Regions
Engaged universities and institutions of higher education rely on integrated networks – mutually beneficial partnerships – to produce talent, innovation, and stewardship of place. With economic and community recovery emerging as a primary concern for many regions, UEDA strives to offer cross-collaborative opportunities that ensure equity, invention, and sustainable regional partnerships between institutions of higher learning and private partners moving into the post-crisis future. To foster inspiration, education, and entrepreneurship among current and future UEDA members, and to facilitate connection between current and emerging ecosystems, UEDA has developed an Ecosystem Engagement program to play a meaningful role in equitable community recovery and the catalyzation of entrepreneurial ecosystems.
As a result of recognizing and structuring dedicated programming for ecosystems, UEDA strives to provide resources that will create more collaborative, sustainable, and engaged systems to deliver regional outputs of talent, innovation, and place-development.
How to Get Engaged
There are three ways to engage your ecosystem as part of UEDA:
This provides a record of your ecosystem as a dedicated network of engagement and will showcase the system on our map. After registering, we’ll include you on ecosystem-related communications.
Ecosystem memberships include multiple organizations and individuals working together, using a UEDA membership as a catalyst and resource for collaboration. Join today! Learn more about UEDA Member Benefits.
Ecosystems that engage at this level benefit from strategic guidance to build capacity and ensure ecosystem sustainability. This is a rolling program conducted as funding is available. Participants receive a special designation as a UEDA Ecosystem.
What is an Ecosystem?
Why is UEDA Focused on Ecosystems?
Why is Ecosystem Engagement Important?
Institutions of higher education enhance the reputation and economic competitiveness of their regions by fostering research, innovation, talent development, and quality of place. They are one of several major players within any given regional ecosystem and – like businesses and economic development organizations – invariably benefit from concerted collaborations geared towards community and economic recovery. Recognizing that higher education ecosystems and entrepreneurial ones are inextricably linked and, in some ways, interdependent, UEDA’s Ecosystems Design Network offers opportunities for regional institutions and organizations to communicate and collaborate towards shared goals for the betterment of their communities, particularly in times of recovery. Without ecosystem development, engagement, and optimization, regions risk stagnancy, a lack of innovation, and bypass opportunities to cohesively collaborate on a shared vision for the future of their region.