What Happens at the ESHIP Summit?
Join us for the 2018 ESHIP Summit. It’s a convening that brings together entrepreneurial ecosystem builders — leaders connecting communities to accelerate entrepreneurship.
Launched in 2017, the ESHIP Summit is a three-year initiative. It’s designed to bring together builders of entrepreneurial ecosystems. That way, we can collaboratively create tools, resources and knowledge to better support communities that empower makers, doers and dreamers.
Your work starts at this year’s Summit and continues for the year that follows. You will work in small teams to address key issues facing ecosystem builders, by:
- Helping each other advance the work in our communities.
- Authoring the ecosystem building vision, value proposition and vocabulary for this emerging field.
- Creating interlocking networks of ecosystem building professionals and the national resource organizations who support them.
- Better defining ecosystem building metrics and outcomes.
- Developing approaches to engage all stakeholders in a community.
- Sharing examples of effective ecosystem building strategies.
You Will Leave the Summit With:
Why is Ecosystem Building Important for Communities?
Too many are left out of our economy. Research has shown the connection between the long-term decline in entrepreneurship and its effect on productivity and growth. Lackluster productivity drags down wages and living standards, leaving many out of the economy. Entrepreneurship is the key to reversing this trend.
The ESHIP Summit aims to create a unified, national movement of entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders who work to infuse entrepreneurship into economic development.
Each Summit, and the work in between, is an opportunity to celebrate — and accelerate — rapid community-transformation through entrepreneurial ecosystem building.
Ecosystem building is gaining momentum and a professional field is emerging, but common and agreed-upon approaches are still needed. Early adopters have helped frame the field, but there is much more work to do.
The ESHIP Summit brings these early adopters together to work on actionable plans to remove barriers to entrepreneurship, including:
- insufficient, ineffective and siloed entrepreneurial support
- an unsupportive and risk-averse culture
- inaccessible and inequitable resource distribution
- limited talent pipelines
By working together, we can remove these barriers to entrepreneurship and better understand how to build thriving ecosystems and inspire more inclusive economic development across the nation and around the world.
How Do I Know if the ESHIP Summit is for Me?
Who Should Attend the ESHIP Summit?
In 2017, 450 people from 48 states and 10 countries attended the first ESHIP Summit. Attendees wear many different hats. You may be involved with:
- Entrepreneurship and business ownership
- Capital and investment or philanthropy
- A large company or anchor institution
- Universities, community colleges or K-12 education
- Economic development
- An entrepreneur support organization
- Government, public office, research or media
- Incubators, accelerators or coworking spaces and more
You should come to the ESHIP Summit if:
- You have been trying to connect people and resources — and break down silos — in your entrepreneurial community.
- You believe in inclusivity and equity.
- You’ve been exploring new models for entrepreneur-led economic development.
- You see how entrepreneurship and innovation can come from unexpected people and places.
- You are frustrated with traditional tools for attracting and developing businesses.
- You want to be part of the solution and have ideas to share.
- You have a “give before you get” mentality.
- You have a long-term view of community transformation.
Where to find us:
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110