Promising Practices Webinars

Forward Cities’ most powerful asset is our national capacity-building and learning network. Our Equitable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (E3) learning network includes cross-sector, cross-generation practitioners and policy-makers dedicated to accelerating equitable entrepreneurship opportunities in local communities and exploring collaboration between cities.

Webinars are one of the many tools within our learning network to highlight some of the latest developments in the industry of entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

The Role of Effective Leadership in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Innovation and Growth

November 14, 2019

Forward Cities and Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth University explore the factors that shape dynamic and collaborative relationships between entrepreneurial support organizations to create more robust economic development strategies in cities.

Drawing on Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research, this vibrant conversation focuses on the importance of connection, partnership, and leadership in shaping collaborative environments in entrepreneurial ecosystems in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.


Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Small Business Ecosystems

September 26, 2019

Communities around the country are increasingly recognizing the transformative economic and community-building power of Anchor Institutions (Anchors). These institutions are often an under-tapped resource that can play pivotal roles in creating and growing a prosperous economy by focusing on fostering a vibrant, inclusive small business sector.

The Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems report was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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