'Supporting, Building Entrepreneurial, Innovative Creative Community' Set for Jan. 21

A panel discussion on “Supporting and Building Entrepreneurial, Innovative and Creative Community,” is planned for 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Workzones, 351 Paseo Nuevo, on the second floor, in downtown Santa Barbara.

(See the coverage from the event here)

Speakers include: Amanda West, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio; Clint Nelson, co-founder at Startup Weekend; and Alan Macy, research and development director, past president and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc.

Admission is $20, which includes beer, wine and some food. Visit the event page for more details.

“This is an all-star panel of entrepreneurs who built creative, innovation and startup communities all over the United States and in Santa Barbara,” said Kyle Ashby, one of the event’s organizers. “You can hear about what is working and how entrepreneurs are supported by these efforts.”

West works with a community-building agency focused on innovation ecosystems in unexpected places. She uses media, events and programs as levers to foster more collaborative regions fueled by entrepreneurship. Based in Iowa, she has worked with many community-building initiatives, including a co-working space, a startup accelerator and a social entrepreneur incubator.

Nelson is a co-founder at Startup Weekend, where he helped to produce more than 1,200 events in 600 cities spanning 127 countries to a firm called Massivo where he produced events and festivals with between 5,000 and 10,000 attendees. His events have brought in more than 500,000 total attendees on a global scale.

Macy is the research and development director, past president and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc. He is the founder of the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology, which supports artist, scientist and technologist collaborations to encourage “new fusion models of interaction for design, development and research.”