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Final Lessons from the EDS in RA Project

Lessons from the First Year of the W.K. Kellogg Entrepreneurship Development Systems in Rural America Project

Welcome to the archived website for the W.K. Kellogg Rural Entrepreneurship Development Systems (EDS) project.

This learning network website was a portal to access research and resources about rural entrepreneurship and creating entrepreneurship development systems. Some of the resources found on this website were the products of other rural entrepreneurship stakeholders, but many were created by the six collaboratives funded by the Kellogg Foundation to develop Entrepreneurship Development Systems (EDSs) in their regions.

To commemorate its 75th Anniversary, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation led a multi-million dollar project to foster entrepreneurship across rural regions of the country. The Foundation contracted with CFED to conduct research on the state of rural entrepreneurship development and to assist in identifying statewide and regional collaboratives that show potential for creating rural Entrepreneurship Development Systems. The Foundation selected six grantees for investments of $2 million each.

The six grantees were:

This website served as a place for sharing lessons learned, improving efficiency by reducing duplication of effort, and capturing best practices around the implementation of Entrepreneurship Development Systems.

CFED is a nonprofit organization that expands economic opportunity. We work to ensure that every person can participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the economy by bringing together community practice, public policy, and private markets. We identify promising ideas; test and refine them in communities to find out what works; craft policies and products to help good ideas reach scale; and foster new markets to achieve greater economic impact.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to apply knowledge to solve the problems of people. Its founder W.K. Kellogg, the cereal industry pioneer, established the Foundation in 1930. Since its beginning the Foundation has continuously focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to solve their own problems.

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