The ESHIP Summit is a convening of leaders from across the United States and beyond seeking to support entrepreneurs, build ecosystems and change our economy.

The summit connects entrepreneurial ecosystem builders working to empower the makers, the doers and the dreamers of our society.

The ESHIP Summit 2018

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Participants work together—hands-on, creatively and boldly—to design their ecosystems using new approaches and best practices. Small teams discuss and design actionable solutions around some of the biggest issues and opportunities facing entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders, such as:

  • Recognizing the under-recognized and unlocking latent talent
  • Creating more access to capital
  • Fostering collaboration among entrepreneur support organizations
  • Recruiting institutional leaders to be ecosystem champions
  • Explaining ecosystem building, how it's different and why it matters
  • Funding and sustaining ecosystem builders and support organizations

Participants explore these topics and more — all with an eye toward practical tools and resources that ecosystem builders everywhere can use to better support and empower entrepreneurs.