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In biology an ecosystem is defined as a community of living organisms along with the non-living components of their environment interacting as a system. When analysing and observing entrepreneurial hot spots around the world it seems that the definition from biology can be adopted to describe the entrepreneurial milieu as well.
In Aarhus there are several “entrepreneurial microcosms” around Mejlgade, Katrinebjerg, the former Ceres brewery, Godsbanen and the harbour that are creating interesting start-ups. Sometimes they even blossom and become The difficulty is getting the ecosystem to live by itself. Actually it could be seen as counterintuitive that an ecosystem needs to be kick-started by an institution like a university. One single organism is not sufficient for an ecosystem to live – all organisms are needed to contribute, benefit and interact with each other and the non-living components should enable them to do so. Therefore, it is critical that the university, the city and the region act and take responsibility, as well as the smallest single micro-organisms.
The entrepreneurs must also open their environment and interact with the entire ecosystem, creating and evolving in conjunction with each other. An entrepreneurial ecosystem can and will only be fruitful if each organism, small or large, interacts, shares and co-creates with the others. This is why we all are responsible for creating our own future. visual to the public eye in the form of successful companies. Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Aarhus University recognised that there was something going on. In the fall of 2012 they invited the living organisms of Aarhus entrepreneurial environment to come together to develop scenarios for how, in cooperation, they could influence and develop the non-living components. Eventually to create an ecosystem that would enable even more entrepreneurial seeds to blossom and grow up into sustainable profitable companies. The result of this cooperation was an interdisciplinary scenario in which private dynamic forces boost entrepreneurship and a culture of creating your own future by doing what you’re good at and what you love. Agreeing on a scenario and a desired future is not the difficult part.
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