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Communities of Practice

The 2020 Heartland Challenge Communities of Practice brings together entrepreneurship support organizations located in the Heartland region through a 12-month facilitated peer-learning process to share learnings about solutions to specific challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

The purpose of the Communities of Practice is to increase trust and ability among Heartland entrepreneur support organizations to self-organize towards solving the most pressing challenge entrepreneurs face.

The three Communities of Practice include:

  • Challenge 1: Co-creating objective, milestone-based entrepreneurship training programs to mitigate the impact of implicit bias faced by entrepreneurs from communities systemically left behind.
  • Challenge 2: Addressing rural business transfer opportunities by providing education on models of shared business ownership, including business cooperatives.
  • Challenge 3: Building cross-university programs that increase knowledge related to securing research and development funding, and commercializing available technology in order to start new businesses.

The Communities of Practice application period opens Feb. 20, 2020, and closes Mar. 9, 2020. The Kauffman Foundation will also be hosting a Facebook Live to answer questions on Feb. 28, 2020. For more information about the Communities of Practice, download the Overview [PDF] >