Assessing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Toolkit

The Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) has released an excellent new toolkit for assessing regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.  The diagnostic toolkit is designed for global use and provides tools and tips for how to measure whether a region has an effective and comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem in place.   The report is geared to practitioners and includes suggestions on good data source, performance measures, and even includes sample survey tools.  The toolkit includes an Asset Mapping Roadmap that assesses more than 150 different performance indicators.   They focus on three key areas:  entrepreneurial determinants (i.e. factors, such as capital, that help spur business activity), entrepreneurial performance (e.g. business births and deaths), and impact, the value created by entrepreneurs in jobs, GDP growth, etc.   This toolkit is an excellent resource that deserves wide use in the US and around the world.

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