PIN Leaders Program


Designed to foster inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem building and tech-based economic development (TBED) growth in small, midsized and rural communities, the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation Leaders Program (LP) equips and supports community teams of public, private and civic sector members with the knowledge, best practices and relationships needed to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Each team will be required to develop and implement a project that improves the support, access and opportunities for ecosystem building within their community. The goal of the Partnership LP is to support and connect teams from local and regional communities to lead collaborative initiatives that create shared economic prosperity for all through entrepreneurship and TBED.

Program Features

The program features in-person and virtual sessions to provide cohort teams with relevant skills and best-practices based in inclusive TBED and ecosystem building approaches from national thought leaders and subject matter experts. Other features include:

  • Team Cohort Model
  • Applied Learning Workshops
  • Peer Learning
  • Coaching and Guest Speakers
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project
  • Access to Project Funding
  • Site Visit Tours

Program Benefits

Engagement in the Leaders Program enables communities to:

  • Develop a team of inclusive TBED leaders
  • Learn best practices and resources for building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Secure funding to develop entrepreneurial and TBED activity
  • Leverage entrepreneurship and technology to create economic opportunities
  • Connect with local and regional teams to improve resilience and growth
  • Create impact and economic success for all

Team Requirements

The LP program is intended for community-based teams in small- to mid-sized cities and rural communities. Each team should have the following to apply:

  • Team of 3-4 individuals representing public, private and civic sectors
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystem building and TBED
  • Ability to attend all programming sessions
  • Willingness to learn, share and collaborate
  • Complete the entrepreneurial ecosystem building project development
  • Commitment to continue development of the project after the program concludes

Program Timeline

In addition to monthly virtual learning workshops, the program will host three in-person events. To fully benefit from the program, selected participants must have the ability to attend and participate in all virtual and in-person events.

  • Pre-application Deadline – (required for participation in the program) – January 7, 2024
  • Invite to Apply Application Deadline – February 11, 2024
  • Notification of Decisions – March 8, 2024
  • April 24 and 25, 2024 – Opening Event (Metro Atlanta)
  • July 24 and 25, 2024 – Site Visits (Metro Atlanta)
  • October 2nd, 2024 – Closing Event (Metro Atlanta)


For general inquiries about this program, please contact Jamal Lewis, Economic Opportunity Manager, and Rachel Cronin, Economic Opportunity Associate.

Program Partners

The Partnership’s Leaders Program is made possible with financial support from the Energy, Policy and Innovation Center (EPICenter) at Georgia Tech, and in collaboration with facilitation, research and data, and content collaboration partners, including the Urban InstituteNew Growth Innovation Network and more.

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