This publication summarizes the findings from a three-year, W. K. Kellogg-funded demonstration involving partnerships at six sites that created Entrepreneurial Development Systems (EDSs) aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship and encouraging economic revitalization in their community. The publication explains the theory behind an EDS; examines the effects the funded EDSs had on entrepreneurs, their local economies and the policy environment surrounding them; and explores some of the challenges encountered and lessons learned through the demonstration.


Download full report or take a look inside...


Executive Summary
Part 1: Entrepreneurship Development Systems: Theory and Practice,
Accomplishments and Lessons
  Defining Entrepreneurship Development Systems
  The Six Entrepreneurship Development Systems
  EDS Accomplishments
  Constructing an EDS:  Lessons On Structure, Strategy and the Role of Collaboration
  Creating and Nurturing the  Pipeline of Entrepreneurs
  Building a System of Financial and Technical Support
  Fostering a Supportive Policy and Community Environment
  What Have We Learned  About the EDS Model?
Part 2: EDS Case Studies: Context, Strategy, Accomplishments and Lessons
  Advantage Valley EDS
  Connecting Oregon for Rural Entrepreneurship
  Empowering Business Spirit Initiative
  HomeTown Competitiveness
  North Carolina Rural Outreach Collaborative
  Oweesta Collaborative
  Appendix: Kellogg EDS National Research Design


The Aspen Institute • One Dupont Circle, NW • Suite 700 • Washington, DC 20036 • Phone: 202.736.1071 •
Fax: 202.467.0790 • e-mail: • web: