The ESHIP Summit began in 2017 with a year of discovery, where we collectively became more aware of each other, the common opportunities and problems we faced, and the wealth of experience and emerging resources reflected across this budding network. The second year provided an opportunity to further design our future together, taking steps to align our efforts using the ESHIP Goals as our organizing model, and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook as our guide. This year’s Summit marked a shift into implementation, with participants making commitments to deliver project initiatives that move us closer to achieving the ESHIP Goals.
Throughout this entire process, it has been incredibly inspiring to see hundreds of national leaders put so much time, energy, and passion into accelerating the evolution of the economic development field. Knowing this work is powered by so many selfless contributions from the wider community inspires us to do our own part to contribute to the cause.