Impact Ecosystem Collective

About the Collective

​​The Impact Ecosystem Collective is the follow-up and continuation to the 2018-2020 research series on Social Enterprise Ecosystem Building supported by the Bush Foundation, in partnership with Forge North and Halcyon Incubator.

Now, with the continued leadership and support of the McKnight Foundation, a convening of engaged and committed leaders taking part in an 18-month initiative to drive community-led collective action to inspire a more inclusive and equitable social impact ecosystem where entrepreneurs and organizations can thrive. Through radical collaboration and deep community listening, we hope that together we can inspire transformational change and further drive the #purposedriveneconomy in the Twin Cities and beyond!

Collective Convening
Overview & Calendar

To, as a community for the community, make and track meaningful progress for a more equitable, inclusive and thus thriving social enterprise ecosystem.

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to put in effort toward meaningful progress for a more equitable, inclusive and thus thriving social enterprise ecosystem alongside peers
  • Commit to attend at least 4/6 Strategy Sessions and as many Community Connection days as possible throughout the initiative
  • With guidance, create and share a strategy map and record progress with the rest of the Collective in shared database
  • Stipend per strategy session attended, which will be distributed at the initiative’s halfway point and closing. A check can be made out to an individual or organization.
  • Opportunity to attend 4 community-building events that will include networking, connecting, learning opportunities, nosh and more!


January 25, 2022 | 8-10am

Strategy Mapping

February 15, 2022 | 3:30-5:30pm

Strategy Session

March 8, 2022 | 3:30-5:30pm

Community Connection

April 19, 2022 | 8:30-10:00am

Strategy Session

May 10, 2022 | 3:30-5:30pm

Community Connection  

June 2022 | Exact date and time TBD

Strategy Session

August 9, 2022 | 3:30-5:30pm

Community Connection

October 4, 2022 | 8:30-10am

Strategy Session

November 15, 2022 | 3:30-5:30pm

Community Connection

December 6, 2022 | 8:30-10am

Strategy Session

February 7, 2023 | 3:30-5:30pm

Community Connection and Next Steps

March 7, 2023 | 9-10:30am

For more information or further questions on participation, please reach out to Kelli Nelson at Additional names and organizations who might be interested or a good fit are welcome to be put forth for nomination. 

Research & Background

See what the Collective is up to!