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How do we empower the makers, the doers, the dreamers of our society?

The ESHIP Summit is the Kauffman Foundation’s convening of diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem builders fighting to answer that question in their communities.

Ecosystem builders drive long-term change by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. They work for more innovation, more startups, and fewer barriers for the makers, the doers and the dreamers.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem builders come from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, including entrepreneurs, mayors, economic developers, grassroots community leaders, university leaders, academics, philanthropists, corporate leaders and media.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems thrive when people and resources are connected and working together to develop new approaches and solutions for serving entrepreneurs.

The Beginning of a Movement

At the inaugural ESHIP Summit in June 2017, attendees from 48 states and 10 countries collaborated to craft actionable plans for activating and transforming their startup communities.

We’ll share Summit feedback and findings here to ensure all ecosystem builders can learn how to build more vibrant, effective, results-oriented entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Together, we can help break down barriers for entrepreneurs across the country.

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Startup Ecosystems of the Future ESHIP Summit

The Startup Ecosystems of the Future

What is the future we want to live in, and how do we get there? Anika Horn, co-founder of Unreasonable Lab VA, shares her vision for ecosystems of the future in her "ESHIP Series."

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