Forward Cities is a national capacity-building and learning network working within and between cities and micropolitans to create more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

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Emerging stories and provocative thought pieces from the field.

What makes a successful and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Part 2)

What makes a successful and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Part 2)

In my last blog, I talked about the definition and evaluation of two key elements of an entrepreneurial ecosystem – entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). While those two elements represent integral parts of the ecosystem, simply measuring each individual entrepreneur’s or organization’s success provides an incomplete picture of the viability and inclusivity of the ecosystem at the area-level.

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Expanding Our Entrepreneurial Imagination in Indianapolis

Expanding Our Entrepreneurial Imagination in Indianapolis

Who do you picture when you hear the word “entrepreneur?” Do you imagine a 20 something plugging away on their computer coding for an app? Maybe you envision your local coffee shop owner who wants to create space for community members to connect over a good cup of joe. As Forward Cities journeys with communities to develop equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems, one thing we are learning is that our collective imagination around entrepreneurship will have to expand.

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Do Forward Cities’ Site-Visits Strengthen Cross-City Connections?

Do Forward Cities’ Site-Visits Strengthen Cross-City Connections?

Our Research team asked the participants to go out of their way and take an additional three surveys over the course of the two days, because we saw an opportunity to set a new standard about how we can capture the impact of city visits like these. Kudos to the twenty, who stuck with us through all the questions of the pre and post-event surveys; you hold the record for the highest response rate of any of our survey instruments ever launched.

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