I entered MIT in 2011 with the backing of the Springworks Scholars and the thirst to know about how entrepreneurial communities come about. I left two years later having helped some of these new communities, an academic thesis, and a working thesis for the three important steps for building entrepreneurial communities.
Set the table and invite the right people
Recruit a long-term leader and resource him sufficiently for success
Have the leader build, test, and refine entrepreneurial community building for at least 10 years - all judged against a set of open and measurable goals.