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Eric Parker

President and Founder
Eric R. Parker, AIA, Founder & President of theClubhou.se, and co-founder of Make Startups, bring years of experience in innovation, architecture, design, community strategy, marketing, and public relations together to help communities and individuals build economic independence. Eric's work has been published in Bloomberg Business Week, and featured in the Stanford d.school publication "Make Space: How to set the stage for creative collaboration". Since founding theClubhou.se in 2012, his work has brought him to State Capitols, U.S. Congress, and the White House to speak and advise governments on how to support local innovation. From an initial $15,000 personal investment Eric and his team have built an independent financially sustainable non-profit incubator that has:

- Spurred the development of over 80 businesses and 250 jobs
- Raised over $2,000,000 to support innovation ecosystem development
- Supported ecosystem builders in over 20 communities
- Led education efforts teaching over 2,000 youth and adults to code
- Organized community events for over 25,000 people

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