What are The ESHIP Goals?


Based on the input of 800 ecosystem builders at the two ESHIP Summits, we’ve formulated The ESHIP Goals: a proposed set of collective objectives to further fortify the entrepreneurial ecosystem building field. The solutions to the ESHIP Goals will serve as tenets to the field, and the goals themselves are a checklist to help us prioritize, organize, and collaborate 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.

Watch: "ESHIP Summit 2018 Firestarter: Victor Hwang" | 11:55

Solving for the Goals through mass collaboration


A central theme at the 2018 Summit: How do we solve for the ESHIP Goals – and accelerate the emergence of the field of ecosystem building?

As ecosystem builders, we know that innovation thrives in dense networks of people, built on a culture of trust, collaboration, and helping each other. It is through collaboratively working to solve for the ESHIP Goals that we can build the necessary networks and collaborative culture to accelerate our collective work. Cultural divides, however, are already emerging in our nascent field. These divides begin with concerns about resource scarcity and lead to skepticism and disconnection, preventing us from working together.

We must see beyond our own ideas, organizations, sectors and communities, and reach out to support and partner with others who share our dedication to helping entrepreneurs. A mass collaboration around the ESHIP Goals is needed to find solutions to our field’s complex needs – in short, none of us is as powerful as all of us.

Watch: "ESHIP Summit 2018 Firestarter: Fabian Pfortmüller" | 17:41

Roundtable work


To help our community explore the complexity of the goals and kick-start collaboration across the field around achieving them, we embedded Roundtable activities into the Summit.

These roundtables served as the catalyst to forming distinct groups to tackle each of the seven goals. Instead of focusing on helping individual ecosystem builders, the aim of the roundtable work was to help the field as a whole, which will in turn support the individuals.

We believe individual ecosystem builders need support, and we know that other organizations already focus on convening to help ecosystem builders. The roundtables were a chance to roll up our sleeves and get to know the goals better, while thinking about the comprehensive approach that solutions will require.

Looking to go deeper? You can experience the roundtable work yourself by reviewing the assignments and following the exercises from the Summit.