about Ryan...
Ryan's mission is to educate, engage, and inspire communities to GROW their economies through innovation and entrepreneurship. 

He's personally helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs in 3 states over the last 10 years.

He's worked with both traditional small businesses and tech startups while in university-run incubators, city government, chambers of commerce, and various economic development organizations. 

A sought-after speaker, Ryan has shared his ideas at over 50 local, state, and national conferences related to entrepreneurship, economic development, and the new field of entrepreneur ecosystem building.

Ryan earned his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech, a certificate in Serial Innovation from the University of Illinois, and a certificate in Business Incubator Management from iNBIA.

He's trained with International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Entrepreneurship (RUPRI), and The Kauffman Foundation. Ryan is also a 1 Million Cups Chapter Founder and Kauffman FastTrac Instructor.

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 "Communities are either unaware of the new economy or living in Denial of it. become one of the few tackling it Consciously..."
- Ryan Lilly - 
New Book: Ecosystem Hacking
For more than a decade, Ryan helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs in 3 states achieve success. But along the way he encountered problems.

Ryan quickly became frustrated that old-school economic development wasn’t working. The new field of “entrepreneurial ecosystem building” was still so undefined. 

And most aggravating of all: Building a vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem was a painstakingly slow process where he was constantly reinventing the wheel.

Like the entrepreneurs he was helping, Ryan finally realized… “There has to be a better way!”

Introducing… Ecosystem Hacking. Inside you’ll learn...

• An easy-to-remember framework (Seek, Synergize, Support, Streamline, Share)
• Real-life stories and examples (Some are seriously funny…)
• Ideas you can take action on TODAY (See results faster!)
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