Four indicators for a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem – Thoughts on the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Editor’s note: This post was republished with permission from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Growthology blog.

Earlier last month I headed out Medellin, Colombia, to learn from one of the world’s most innovative cities and the thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers that gathered there from more than 160 countries for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

The Congress is an annual event that in 2016 was hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship NetworkANDI, the government of the city of Medellin, and the Kauffman Foundation. More info about the event at the end of the post, if you are curious.

Among other things, some of us from Kauffman hosted sessions during the congress:

–          Alicia Robb led a session on what is next for women entrepreneurs (and rocked it in Spanish)

–          Amisha Miller led a session on the future of accelerators

–          Dane Stangler had the plenary to talk about the four major forces affecting the world’s future (perhaps more importantly, he also wrote a book about it)

–          I spoke on a session about mapping and measuring entrepreneurship ecosystems

Peter Komives at the Global Entrepreneurship Network has done a really nice recap of the measuring ecosystems session, and if you are interested on the topic, I would suggest you to check it out. But I wanted to do this blog post to mention the sessions my colleagues hosted and share what I used for my presentation — which covers the four indicators to a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem alluded to in the title.

Below is the slide deck I used to present. Hope you enjoy it.

Arnobio Morelix, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation senior research analyst | Courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation
Arnobio Morelix | Courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation

Arnobio Morelix is a senior research analyst and program officer in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is a principal investigator on the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, the first and largest index tracking entrepreneurship across city, state, and national levels.

Morelix also is an editor of Kauffman’s entrepreneurship research blog,, which is syndicated by Missouri Business Alert.

Find Morelix on Twitter: @arnobiomorelix.



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