Entrepreneurs, Connections and Partnerships 

November 04, 2020

Startup Champions Network (SCN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide builders of entrepreneurial ecosystems the connections, resources, and professional development they need to cultivate thriving and inclusive communities. They believe that thriving and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems should exist in all communities in order to drive economic opportunity and independence for all. We at Strategic Innovation saw the opportunity for a strategic alignment with SCN and connected with Trey Bowles, Thomas Chapman and Kristin Leutz.

In August 2020, we launched a short-term campaign with SCN that allowed us to make connections with several ecosystem builders and startups. Toyota is planning future calls for partnerships and hoping to establish many successful relationships and endeavors.   Watch the video in this post to learn more about Tom Chapman’s experience working with Toyota Financial Services.


Tom Chapman is the founder of Chapman and Company and Chair of the Startup Champions Network board. Tom has worked with hundreds of startups, fulfilling different roles as a founder, funder, early executive, and salesperson. He has expertise in the startup world from many different angles and has been successful frequently, but not every time - that means he can also empathize with the challenges and emotions that are encountered as a company is starting. Tom is also regarded as one of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystem leaders in the world. He has expertise in measuring and creating metrics for entrepreneurial ecosystems. His work has been referenced, cited, and quoted in numerous publications around the world, and he is an active speaker on entrepreneurial ecosystems and their importance.

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