Assess Your Ecosystem

Join us for our next E3 Scorecard Information Session

Ecosystem builders and champions are invited to a live walk through of our E3 Scorecard
Tuesday, April 28th from 2-3 pm

Discover how to measure your local entrepreneurial ecosystem's health and equity with the Forward Cities E3 Scorecard! We'll explore how people, programs, networks, and narratives can help catalyze communities to ensure equity for every entrepreneur. We'll give a short presentation on our proprietary E3 Scorecard – the nation's first comprehensive self-assessment tool for measuring ecosystem health – and then answer your questions about what the Scorecard can reveal in your local community.



In essence, an entrepreneurial ecosystem is the dynamic mix of visible and invisible elements that combine to create the environment in which entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. There are many established conventions around measuring the visible and tangible parts of an ecosystem, such as available real estate or number of higher educational institutions. But how do you measure the invisible elements such as connectivity, trust, and equity? Equally importantly, how do you measure the quality and impact of both visible and invisible elements? If you ask anyone in this nascent field, they will tell you that these have been the big, unanswered questions. Until now.


Forward Cities has pioneered the development of the nation’s first comprehensive self-assessment tool and corresponding facilitated methodology to measure the health and equity of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our goal is to help community leaders everywhere effectively make sense of their entrepreneurial environment to emerge and define its assets, gaps, and opportunities. Armed with this information (and proper guidance), ecosystem stakeholders can then collaborate to link and leverage high-quality ecosystem elements that add up to Equity for Every Entrepreneur (E3). The ultimate vision is to spur equitable prosperity through promoting entrepreneurship-led economic vitality.


There are four essential building blocks for any entrepreneurial ecosystem:

  1. The people that bring it to life
  2. The programs and places that educate and connect makers, dreamers, and doers
  3. The networks that create support structures that allow businesses to thrive
  4. The narratives that propel the work forward and the energy outward into the broader community.

Each of these blocks consists of categories of elements that are individually scored and then combined to create an ecosystem’s E3 Score.


E3 Wheel