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is an initiative to collaboratively design, create, and validate a formal entity or shared infrastructure whose purpose is to provide leadership for the advancement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field of practice. Past ESHIP Summits and other inputs have made clear the need for more coordinated and centralized efforts to build field-wide infrastructure that will help accelerate wider understanding and adoption of ecosystem building as a practice in economic, community, workforce and entrepreneurship development in the United States.
Launched in 2017, the ESHIP Summit was a three-year initiative (2017-2020), designed to accelerate the adoption of ecosystem building as a new approach to entrepreneurship support and economic development. By bringing together builders of entrepreneurship ecosystems, the program was designed to take a community-driven approach to accelerate the emerging field of entrepreneurship ecosystem building. By working collaboratively across many organizations they aimed to create tools, resources, and knowledge to better support communities that are working to empower entrepreneurs.
This community of entrepreneurship ecosystem builders and the people who support them contributed to the development of The ESHIP Goals; a proposed set of collective objectives to further fortify the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field. The solutions to the ESHIP Goals are meant to serve as tenets to the field, and the goals themselves a checklist to help prioritize, organize, collaborate and create consensus, as we work together to improve the effectiveness of our emerging field as a whole, and as a result, the effectiveness of individual ecosystem builders everywhere.
Through this work to advance entrepreneurship ecosystem building as a practice, the need has been identified for a field-wide infrastructure (much of which is captured in the ESHIP Goals) that will centralize coordinated actions in service to the field. This will further accelerate wider understanding and adoption of ecosystem building as a practice in economic, community, workforce and entrepreneurship development in the United States. Thus, the Ecosystem Building Leadership Project launched.
National Director Partnerships & Engagement at SourceLink
Founder & Board Chair at CO.STARTERS
Senior Director of Ecosystems at Dallas Entrepreneur Center
VP Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Instructional Designer, Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Arkansas (Network Health)
President & CEO at Forward Cities
Co-Founder & CEO at EcoMap (Sustainability)
President & CEO at International Business Innovation Association
Project Manager at Ecosystem Building Leadership Project
e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Black Innovation Alliance
Startup Champions Network
Urban Manufacturing Alliance
Angel Capital Association
Black Female Founders
Erin Horne McKinney
UF Innovate | Accelerate @ The Hub & Sid Martin BioTech
Aspen Institute's Latinos in Society City Learning & Action Lab Alejandro Manzanares
National League of Cities
Community Development Venture Capital Alliance
Jim Woodell & Co
University Economic Development Association
International Economic Development Council
Global Accelerator Network
Entrepreneurship Funders Network
GET Cities at Second Muse Foundation
National Urban League
Jen Consalvo & Frank Gruber
U.S. Small Business Administration
Institute for Work & the Economy
The Field Assessment Survey is crucial in helping us to understand the current needs, challenges, and aspirations from the field in order to inform the project's design. Information from this survey will help us to identify what is collectively needed to enable the success of the project.