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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Research Network

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Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in driving social and economic development around the world. Despite its importance little is known about how to foster entrepreneurial activity in specific regions. The ecosystem concept has emerged as a means of explaining this phenomenon by looking at the interaction of different actors and conditions. However, it is a new discipline and work in this field has been highly fragmented and diverse.
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Research Network (EERN) is an international community and think tank connecting researchers, policy makers, and practitioners across various backgrounds to enhance collaboration and discussion. EERN seeks to develop general concepts and frameworks that can be applied to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in regions around the world.


EERN is unique in its holistic approach and the diversity of its members and their contributions, ranging from conceptual ideas, over empirical research results to practical insights from ecosystems around the world.
EERN bridges research and practice by disseminating new scientific findings and encourge new research projects through inights from implemented projects and initiatives.
EERN fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange among researchers and practitioners from all over the world.
EERN is an independent organization and does not follow any particular political agenda or corporate interest. To provide a platform for a diversity of views and opinions is our core mission.
EERN engages researchers from the fields of entrepreneurship, economics, public policy, regional geography, technology and innovation management and more. Furthermore, practitioners are encouraged to share experiences and knowledge.
EERN aims at creating a new understanding of how ecosystems work and to educate the next generation of leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs, who know how to leverage the resources of an ecosystems and contribute to its development.

The EERN Blog
The EERN Blog is an essential part of the network. Leading researchers provide insights into new concepts and emergent trends, whereas practitioners reflect on success stories and lessons learned.