Launched in response to the pandemic, the Vermont Startup Collective grows members, relevance as the business reopens
BURLINGTON Vt. (May 28, 2021) – Since its launch in October 2020, the Vermont Startup Collective has seen an unexpectedly strong commitment and rapid growth. With a virtual space focused on advancing business ideas, learning new skills, and connecting with the community, entrepreneurs can get the support they need when they need it most. Today, with more than 750 members, the online community is becoming a center of gravity for entrepreneurs, startups, remote workers, small business owners, freelancers, investors and mentors in Vermont. To date, 89% of members return regularly and so far more than 50,000 interactions between members have taken place. Membership is free and the community is curated by the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET).
“The Startup Collective is the perfect mix of networking, resources, commiseration,” as “content,” I’ve been there, I’ve tried this “experience, collaborative problem solving, to the reality of your face and passionate dreamers,” said Molly Yanus, founder of Echo Consulting. “Personally, it has helped me establish critical connections and given me the confidence to commit to a major pivot for my company during a crazy year. I am very impressed and grateful for the amazing teams that came together to make of this community a reality for Vermont. “
Born out of the requests of innovators, consultants and business leaders looking for connection during Covid-19, the mobile / desktop platform surrounds active and aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals with a constructive guide of advisors and mentors, motivating conversations with peers and critical tools and resources. to start and climb. With the support of more than 40 Vermont organizations, collective members now have direct access to countless business support organizations and experts across the state, all in one place.
“The Vermont Startup Collective has put the wisdom, experience and networks of Vermont entrepreneurs at my fingertips whenever I need it. All I have to do is leave a question and I know I will have a community of people ready and willing to help me. Honestly, it makes me feel so much more confident that I will achieve my goals knowing that my community is there to support me, ”said Skylar Bagdon, an entrepreneurial student at the University of Vermont.
Thanks in large part to the generosity of the Vermont Community Foundation, which provided a $ 70,000 support grant, the collective is free and designed to be accessible and inclusive for all, ensuring that ALL entrepreneurs, remote workers and innovation participants have access to the support they need. Vermonters connect, help, and contribute to each other like never before.
“What started out as a‘ start-up idea ’for testing internally has become an open, authentic and empowering network for professionals, students and entrepreneurs across Vermont,” said David Bradbury, president of VCET. “We are delighted to see that your colleagues, investors and experts respond daily to real business owner problems. The momentum is really encouraging.
Members can join groups selected by topics such as Legal, Technical, or Design and Branding, and join relevant “circles” such as technology founders or young professionals. The novelties of the group are free and self-guided courses, such as the creation of a family job, Introduction to SEO and Investment in your community. Members can request new ideas for topics, circles, and courses at any time.
The website and mobile app have been particularly valuable for new entrepreneurs in Vermont who may not yet know where to turn, business owners looking for information on public resources for the first time, and the scale of companies like Widewail , Faraday, Greensea Systems, Lift Learning, GPMS International and Beta Technologies looking to hire multiple positions.
For more information or to join The Collective, visit www.vermontstartupcollective.com.
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