Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Achieving inclusive economic growth within a city requires dedicated effort and sustained commitment. To accelerate and sustain this effort, Forward Cities is launching its next cohort of Community Entrepreneurship Accelerators within a select number of member cities. Our accelerators:

  • Place a two-year Local Director of Community Entrepreneurship as a trusted local project manager and facilitator
  • Create a cross-sector, diverse Inclusive Entrepreneurship Council
  • Map the local inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and gather relevant data input from sources
  • Coordinate and align a diverse set of stakeholders on target outcomes and strategies
  • Identify and leverage local assets as well as national best practices
  • Invest in high-potential, high-impact ventures and initiatives
  • Evaluate results and scale what is working, and
  • Connect with a national network of other cities and partners to strengthen the work.

Current Accelerator Cities:

Forward Cities is partnering with four communities in our first Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator cohort:

Indianapolis, IN

Pittsburgh, PA

Columbus, OH

Kansas City, KS/MO – In partnership with E-SHIP

Strategies to measure impact

Forward Cities will work with local and national data partners to establish baseline data across a set of target outcome indicators and measure progress over time. Additionally, Forward Cities will work with national and local data partners to collect survey data to capture additional impact measures such as increase in awareness of and support for local initiatives, behavioral shifts, as well as national connectivity.

For additional information about Forward Cities Community Entrepreneurship Accelerators and to
discuss participating in our next cohort, please contact:
Fay Horwitt, VP of Community Innovation

From Our Members

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