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UPIKE professor recognized for entrepreneurship research

David Snow
David Snow

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2017) – David Snow, D.M., received notification his research paper “Ecosystem Interrupted” has been accepted for presentation at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) annual conference in Los Angeles, scheduled for January 2018. Snow is the director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office and the director of the SBI program, director of business competitions and associate professor of business at the University of Pikeville.

USASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With more than 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals who share a commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

“USASBE is the premier entrepreneurship organization. I am honored my research was judged worthy of presentation at their conference,” said Snow. “I greatly appreciate this recognition and the moral support from the Coleman College of Business and the Kentucky Innovation Network.”

The paper is based upon research conducted by Snow and the assistant director of the Kentucky Innovation Network office at UPIKE, Justin Prater. The concept of an entrepreneurship ecosystem is concerned with the interaction of the organizations and individuals necessary to create an environment where entrepreneurship can thrive. Snow and Prater analyzed elements of the ecosystem in Eastern Kentucky to explain the level of difficulty the region has experienced in developing local opportunity for entrepreneurs and diversifying the economy.

To combat this, Snow advocates for enhancing the ecosystem through a regional perspective and developing clusters of innovation whereby communities capitalize on their differentiating assets and develop competencies aligned with their mission. A first step is creating a cultural shift by instituting a region-wide delivery of entrepreneurship education at all levels – K-12, college, and community – to enlighten inhabitants on local opportunities. Snow says entrepreneurship education will help provide tools for people to become self-sustaining in Eastern Kentucky.

For more information about the Coleman College of Business or the Kentucky Innovation Network, visit www.upike.edu or http://kyinnovation.com.