Iowa’s Journey from 50th for Women to a Thriving Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Maureen Collins

In our first official Elements Podcast, Maureen Collins Williams talks about the journey of Iowa from 50th in the country for women business owners to a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports female entrepreneurs. She talks about the research they executed in Iowa and the valuable data they found. She goes in detail about the SURPRISING obstacles they found that women business owners face around technology and capital. We then discuss the challenges of organizing regional efforts to support female entrepreneurship and the growing trend of cities putting together collaborative efforts. Take a listen.

Here is her bio:

Maureen (Mo) Collins is an engaged and forward thinking public sector professional, able to consistently convert complex research and market opportunities into award-winning successful programs and new, for-profit business models. Skilled in organizational capacity building, team development and attracting public and private sector funding.

A strong advocate for technology innovation and commercialization with a track record of measurable impact in business starts, expansions and entrepreneurial ecosystem building. Currently providing training and technical assistance through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the United States and Canada.

Connect with her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureencollinswilliams

Maureen Collins Williams - Elemtns Podcast

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