Eric Parker and Grace Belangia bring years of experience in innovation, architecture, design, community strategy, marketing, and public relations together to help communities and individuals build economic independence. In 6 years of working together their work has brought them State Capitals, U.S. Congress, and the White House to speak and advise on how to support local innovation. From an initial $15,000 investment they have:

  • Spurred the development of over 60 businesses and 155 jobs

  • Raised over $2,000,000 to support innovation ecosystem development

  • Supported ecosystem builders in over 20 communities

  • Led STEM education efforts teaching over 2,000 kids robotics and coding

  • Organized community events for over 25,000 people


Signature Events

Southeast Startup Challenge 2018, Multiple locations

TEDxAugusta 2014-2018, Augusta, GA

Southeast Makers Innovation Showcase 2017, Atlanta, GA

Health Tech Startup Expo 2017, Augusta, GA

Super Happy Augusta 2013-2014, Augusta, GA

National Day of Civic Hacking 2013, Multiple locations


Public Speaking & Advocacy

One of our great joys is inspiring people to action. We are always enthusiastic to share our approach to Make Startups and how communities and organizations can support the people called to this critically important work.

In addition to our workshops, we often lead talks, facilitate workshops and roundtables, and serve as panelists for organizations such as: United State House of Representatives, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Georgia House of Representatives, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Economic Development Authority, SXSW, Dig South, Geek-End, World Maker Faire, and more.

Visit our Public Speaking & Advocacy page for a complete list as well as contacting us about your event.


We help innovators build community

Innovation Workshops

We train Ecosystem Leaders

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