Why Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building?
Watch this short film from 2018 on entrepreneurship, ecosystem building, and the ESHIP Summit…
By putting human ingenuity at the center of our communities, we can reimagine our society for a new future.
Entrepreneurs are people who turn ideas into reality, creating value in many ways. They start new businesses. Some grow small companies into big ones. They bring innovative solutions to the market, and they address social and community challenges. They turn their hobbies into side hustles, create our favorite shops on Main Street, and make the products and services that improve our lives. They pursue dreams. They create jobs. They feed their families.
The current environment has exacerbated challenges, yet entrepreneurship has become more accessible as entrepreneurial education and digital tools become available to more people. The communities that will thrive in the 21st century will be those that are able to unlock the latent entrepreneurial talent in each of their citizens.
We believe entrepreneurship plays an essential role in building stronger, more equitable communities, and entrepreneurial efforts taken with equity and inclusion at their core can help address systemic racism and wealth inequality in our communities.
Our economic future needs diverse entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is not just about big names and billionaires. It’s about everyday people – from the person who starts the neighborhood ice cream shop to the woman launching an agriculture technology startup – having the opportunity to support themselves and their families and improve their communities.
Entrepreneurs embrace the future by building it themselves, working toward goals with the spirit and drive to overcome every hurdle in their paths. That spirit has inspired everyday people from all walks of life to take risks and start new things, even in the face of uncertainty. Recent research suggests that entrepreneurs are becoming more diverse and older.