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This is Not Science ...But it is Based On it: Trust And Collaboration As The Basis For Building a Better Ecosystem

Entrepreneurship connects us with our most vulnerable parts: it requires us to know ourselves, to connect with our interior, to trust, and to risk completely.


All studies agree that entrepreneurs are not a mere consequence of development, but important drivers of it.

My job is working with entrepreneurs and their projects, and I do this 24/7. If you’ve ever had a venture of your own, you know that it requires your full attention and energy. So, this inevitably led me to think about trust and collaboration in this sphere of knowledge. It seemed so obvious to me that they are unavoidably linked to entrepreneurship, and incredibly important.

Trust and Collaboration

Lately, I have been studying trust and collaboration in organizations and the different dimensions in which they operate and play significant roles.

The key is to understand the factors that drive or deteriorate them and on this put together an action plan that involves everyone and continues to feedback over time. It seems that I have told you something obvious, but it is complex and requires other minds.

Entrepreneurship connects us with our most vulnerable parts: it requires us to know ourselves, to connect with our interior, to trust, and to risk completely. It is no coincidence that many of the entrepreneurship programs use as slogans of their initiatives verbs that point to "jump", "dare", "accelerate", and "transform". Once we’re inside and a part of this process, the endless terminologies, and methodologies that most of the time create barriers appear. And that is exactly what can NOT happen in our field, we already have too many!

When there’s damage to trust and collaboration

Drowning others in the same thing that submerged us, only makes teams lose purpose followed by damage due to frustration and lack of motivation of peers or leaders and their environments. Again, damage to trust and collaboration.

You don't have to be an entrepreneur to experience this, take it to any project that you are passionate about or anything that ever mattered to you.

After seeing that point of conflict in teams again and again with great ideas or projects on their backs, that we began to forge EBELI (Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship & Lean Innovation). A community of 7,000+ people -that stand on the shoulders of giants- who trust and collaborate to capture in a single step-by-step-guide everything we learned not only during a single experience but in hundreds of them.

We call it a Handbook to simplify the concept and not to fall into technical exaggerations. It is a simple linear process used to support entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. It encompasses 200+ methodologies and 1,700+ tools that you can easily use for your projects. It has been curated and improved for the last 20+ years. It has been tested for the last 10+ on 50+ cohorts for 100,000 entrepreneurs. (Not too bad, right?).

EBELI is an example of how the value of community support creates a multiplier effect, drives creation, and is the basis for success.

Need to design a solution? Need to build a venture? Need to improve your product/service/organization? Need to manage an innovation portfolio? Need to teach entrepreneurship? Need to educate on exponential mindset? Need to upgrade your operation? Need to solve a global challenge? Need to change the world? Need to start a venture? (You get the idea)

You can find it at

"Simultaneous invention and incremental improvement are the way innovation works, even for radical inventions," Mark A. Lemley

Gabi Romero

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Gabi has experience in executive management of organizations, strategic consulting, management and evaluation of projects, initiatives and programs implemented by public and private institutions