What is an Ecosystem Map?

There are lots of relationships, skills, attitudes, and additional resources that are needed within a community. That web is called an entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Entrepreneurial ecosystems are complex networks that can be hard for individuals to wrap their heads around. When it comes to finding resources available to entrepreneurs and businesses, we know your time is limited and information is scattered. So, we’re continuously developing the WayFinder EcoMap tool to make the task less daunting.

WayFinder EcoMap

WayFinder EcoMap is your guide to all the resources available in South Central Pennsylvania that support your business. We believe in innovators. We want to get you where you need to go as quickly as possible. 

We care about new business creation – it is the key driver for community wealth creation.

  • Businesses in the first 5 years of life create all net job growth.
  • Rates of new business formation determine how dynamic, innovative, and competitive local companies are on the world stage.
  • Local business ownership creates upward mobility.
  • Locally-owned businesses hire locally, pay better, and contract other local businesses for a variety of services.

Project Partners

NextGen Tech is a volunteer partnership headquartered in Harrisburg that exists to grow a diverse and innovative technology workforce and entrepreneurial community in South Central Pennsylvania. The employer and business community throughout the region works together to develop the current and next generation of the technology workforce and companies through a variety of special projects. The Wayfinder Ecomap is one of those special projects.

Braided River Collective is a nonprofit entrepreneurial support organization located in the Susquehanna Valley. We are creating a supportive innovation ecosystem in the region and empowering our communities to build a more equitable, healthier and regenerative economy.

Located in the heart of downtown Harrisburg, PA, Harrisburg University is one the leading STEM universities. The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.