Creating equity for every entrepreneur requires leveling the playing field through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. Forward Cities builds on the key dimensions—people, programs, networks, and narratives— already within communities to catalyze sustained investments of time, energy, and resources to propel equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems. In order to achieve these objectives, Forward Cities has developed a diverse portfolio of engagements and services to meet the needs of any community, no matter the status of development of the local ecosystem.

Man speaking with microphoneThroughout the implementation of every capacity building engagement, these core teams work together, as needed, to help your community understand the elements of a healthy inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem, assess the current health and equity of a local ecosystem, prioritize goals, and co-design solutions that are immediately actionable and can be measured for impact. Along the way we use storytelling and provide opportunities to learn from—and potentially collaborate with—other cities to amplify awareness for the work and equip ecosystem leaders with the knowledge, resources, and relationships to carry the work forward.


We value collaboration and are always interested in finding new partners.

Tell us how you're interested in working together, and Forward Cities staff will follow-up within three business days. If you are an entrepreneur in Durham, NC looking for resources, please check out E3 Durham for information.