Welcome to Forward Cities

Forward Cities is a national nonprofit equipping communities and regions to grow and sustain more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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ESHIP Communities

The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them. The program supports the creation and evaluation of a repeatable, bottom-up approach to building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Forging Forward

An original podcast about the collaborative work of entrepreneurial ecosystem building for more equitable and resilient economies. From the minds at Forward Cities.


Welcome, ESHIP Summit Attendees!

Welcome to Forward Cities. We are a national nonprofit equipping communities and regions to grow and sustain more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.
We’d love for you to tell us about you, and learn more about us.

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Impact Stories

Storytelling is in our DNA. We celebrate the champions and change-makers dedicated to growing and sustaining more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems in their communities and beyond.

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Exonumia and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments


ESHIP Summit 2020 in Review


Connective Impact in Baltimore


E3 Learning Network

We believe that learning and the collaboration of cross-sector, cross-city talent drives growth and innovation. When your city joins our National Learning Network, you become connected to an all-star community of practitioners, innovators, and policy makers committed to creating more resilient and equitable ecosystems and economies for all.

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Community Impact

Strengthening a local equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem requires intention, stakeholder alignment, local leadership, timely data, trust-building, authentic community engagement, and an actionable plan that can be invested in and sustained over time. We work with cities to help implement their plans, track their data, amplify emerging stories, and identify public and private resources to sustain this work over time.

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Support the vision

Our work is generously supported by local and national foundations as well as corporations and individuals who share our commitment to fostering more equitable entrepreneurial communities across the country. If you are interested in supporting us directly please click here.  If you’d like to talk further about how you or your organization can best support Forward Cities’ mission please contact us.  Thank you!