Ecosystem builders drive long-term change by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. They work for more innovation, more startups, and fewer barriers for the makers, the doers and the dreamers.
Entrepreneurial ecosystem builders come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, including entrepreneurs, mayors, economic developers, grassroots community leaders, university leaders, academics, philanthropists, corporate leaders and media. Entrepreneurial ecosystems thrive when people and resources are connected and working together to develop new approaches and solutions for serving entrepreneurs.
There is an opportunity to build a new model of economic development—one where the makers, the doers, the dreamers of our society are empowered and accelerated.
The ESHIP Summit 2017 was the Kauffman Foundation's inaugural global gathering of leaders working to facilitate and spread entrepreneurship through the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The goal for this ESHIP Summit was to convene ecosystem builders, so that they may share their expertise and together, co-create, prototype and disseminate frameworks, tools, practices and metrics for building thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems.
At the inaugural ESHIP Summit in June 2017, 450 attendees from 48 states and 10 countries collaborated to craft actionable plans for activating and transforming their startup communities.