Forward Cities Inc

Durham, NC   |  http://www.forwardcities.org

Mission

Forward Cities mission is to create opportunities for shared prosperity through inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem development. Forward Cities is committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of background, can reach their full entrepreneurial potential and that the communities in which they live thrive.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO & President

Fay Horwitt

Main address

PO Box 2008

Durham, NC 27702 USA

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EIN

13-4302280

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

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ESHIP Communities

The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them. The program supports the creation and evaluation of a repeatable, bottom-up approach to building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Learnings from the initial programs will help refine the approach in subsequent cities. To validate the effectiveness of the model, we are testing key aspects of the framework in the following communities:

> ESHIP Baltimore – with a focus on Black entrepreneurship and leadership
> ESHIP Kansas City – includes Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO
> ESHIP Long Beach – in partnership with the City of Long Beach
> ESHIP Rio Grande – includes Albuquerque, Santa, Fe, Los Alamos, and Espanola

Ultimately, policymakers, entrepreneur support organizations, and community leaders will be able to adopt this model’s policies, practices, and programs to build their local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

This Kauffman Foundation initiative is led by a collaborative council of individuals who represent different stakeholders from across the community. Forward Cities is managing the implementation of this effort as a grantee of the Kauffman Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

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How we listen

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Forward Cities Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2021
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Board chair

Cathy Belk

Deaconess Foundation

Rob Murphy

Global Public Health Sector

Pete Carlson

Regional Growth Strategies

Brandon Cosby

Flanner House

Alex Derkson

Amazon

Jean Horstman

Consultant

Fay Horwitt

Forward Cities

Maurice Jones

OneTen

Walker Sanders

Greensboro Community Foundation

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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