Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

What is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is a business support network routed in a specific place. There are six components that define the environment an entrepreneur or business owner will encounter when they begin to build or grow their businesses.

It is the combination of these six elements that create the environment, or ecosystem, that a business exists. When all of these pieces are in place, it creates a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs and businesses to grow and thrive. 

Earlier this year we conducted a series of surveys, discussions, and a focus group with local stakeholders and entrepreneurs to see what opportunities and resources exist in our business environment as well as to identify where there are challenges and issues for those when they start out or aim to grow their business here.  The feedback and stories we received, as well as our ongoing research and outreach to our business community, shapes our EE project going forward. We are continuing to generate ideas and to find a variety of local programming solutions that address aspects of the EE framework and improve the accessibility, vitality, and resilience of Westbrook’s EE. Below is working resource for this project so please continue to check in as our work continues to evolve. 

Click the circles below to check out each of the six aspects


An ecosystem is typically defined as all of the living and nonliving things in an environment that helps to create life and allow it to thrive. An entrepreneurial ecosystem is defined as a business support network rooted in a specific place. It includes all the organizations and resources within a community, that help to support the creation and growth of businesses. We are continually working to identify the opportunities and resources in our district and as well as the challenges for those starting out or aiming to grow their business in order to better address barriers to growth and to leverage our local economy.

An entrepreneur is anyone who starts a business.

We are about nurturing entrepreneurship in all forms in Westbrook. We welcome those who who are just starting out, as well as those who have been in business for years, and everyone in between. We also invite anyone with an idea or curiosity about starting their own business in the area.

No! We are interested in entrepreneurs throughout the City of Westbrook.

Are you an entrepreneur, business owner, merchant, artist, creative, and/or your own boss of some sort? Reach out to Ari and sign up for our Facebook Business Group

Do you know an entrepreneur? We would love for you to help share the word about our project and ask entrepreneurs to participate in this project. By working and sharing ideas together we can become more effective at bolstering our local economy.

We believe that we are stronger together. Our business environment and creative power are only as healthy as our relationships. We are working to provide opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to meet, share resources and ideas, and build a community that enables learning and fosters collaboration. Our goal is to collectively contribute to making Westbrook a vibrant place to live, work, and play.

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