Welcome to Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia.

An "entrepreneurial ecosystem" is a network of entrepreneurs and the service providers that support them. By creating a supportive environment for entrepreneurs, communities can spur local and regional economic development. Entrepreneurial ecosystems are important to Appalachia because they can help the region diversify its economy, create jobs, and increase the flow of capital, finance, goods, and services into communities.

This website is a resource for information on entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout Appalachia, which encompasses 420 counties across 13 states. It serves as a resource for data and programs related to entrepreneurship in Appalachia. Through this online platform, you will be able to gauge entrepreneurial performance in a given Appalachian county compared to its home state, the Appalachian counties within that state, the whole Appalachian region, and the United States.

Appalachia's Entrepreneurial Economy:
A Snapshot

359,749new companies 41,653high-growth firms
206,412stable small businesses 1,022entrepreneurial support organizations

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia is a collection of entrepreneurship research, case studies, and data from EntreWorks Consulting, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship on behalf of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The goal of the project is to document entrepreneurship metrics and strengthen Appalachian communities' understanding of the entrepreneurial environment not only locally, but across the larger region. Learn more here.