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Danielle Patterson on the power of empathy in building entrepreneurial ecosystems
Episode 2425th October 2021 • Breaking Down Barriers • Economic Impact Catalyst
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In this episode, host David Ponraj interviews Danielle Patterson, Director at SeedCore Foundation in Bakersfield, CA. Danielle oversees the Kern Initiative for Talent & Entrepreneurship (KITE), a private-public partnership focused on entrepreneurship-led economic development. Danielle has the unique ability to see the ecosystem from the support side as well as from the entrepreneur side, having tried to navigate her local support system as a business owner. She says that, as an ecosystem builder, “Communication is key. You must understand the economic makeup of the county and listen to the partners and the founders. Listening will be your biggest tool.” Organizations must work together to support the founders, she says, ”it’s not about us, it’s about them.” 

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