What is EMBOLDIA?
EMBOLDIA is the result of a failed project. In 2014 after attending a Road Pitch event a southern Vermont commercial real estate developer walked away interested in establishing an accelerator in his respective town. He asked me if I could make it happen. I gladly said yes.
Initially I was able to get the right people involved, specifically individuals who had tremendous success in the startup world. They were eager to give me their expertise and suggestions. Unfortunately I refused their help and decided that I could pull it off myself…..eventually I failed miserably!
While sulking in my embarrassment I remembered during the due diligence period I discovered there was a tremendous interest in the Burlington area from investors and tech entrepreneurs.
I said to myself, how about I start a networking speaker series featuring guest speakers from out of state. My approach was hey if these Folks have accumulated a high networth from their relentless ambition they have a story to tell.
After having the first event during the inaugural Innovation Week in 2016, and now, fourteen events later EMBOLDIA has quietly made an impact on the Vermont ecosystem. Our past guest speakers continue to keep a pulse on our ecosystem due to forged relationships!
Some quietly have made investments in various startups and others have purchased residential real estate. One of our past speakers considered putting a team here until his company was bought by a conglomerate called Amazon.
Feedback from past attendees included appreciation of the different perspectives and strategies from new voices or the off the cuff insanity of “shameless plugs”!
It is now 2021, the pandemic is starting to dissipate in our rear view mirror and ahead of us is a sunny sky.
Mark O. Puryear