Mission Investments

New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (NHE3)

NHE3 is facilitating the growth of entrepreneurial pathways to economic independence and generational wealth.

North Green Sunrise, New Haven Credit: Chris Randall

Entrepreneurship has the power to transform lives, build individual and community wealth, and catalyze positive change. New Haven is at an important inflection point; by boosting entrepreneurship and small business growth within under-connected communities, the community has the potential to undo structural inequities and remove the barriers to job creation.

Upcoming Event for Entrepreneurs : Meet the Bankers

Wed. Oct. 12 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gateway Community College, 20 Church St., New Haven -- Use Temple St. Garage

This free in-person networking event for existing and emerging small business owners will allow you to connect with many bankers and community lenders. Learn about available bank products and services, business incubators and accelerator programs for small businesses. Hear about loan options and introduce yourself to lenders. Make connections to benefit the growth of your business!

Free food, drink, prizes and free parking.
Register by Oct. 5 to be eligible for special gift card drawings.

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What is the NHE3?

The New Haven Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (NHE3) was conceived by The Community Foundation (TCF) to build an equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem designed for historically marginalized entrepreneurs, such as those who identify as Black, Latinx, and women, in order to:

  • Build individual and family wealth through financial independence.
  • Create community wealth and community power.
  • Build generational wealth.
  • Support structural change and remove barriers of structural racism.
  • Create jobs and economic sustainability.

What is entrepreneurial ecosystem building?

The ecosystem building work of NHE3 is part of a national movement that sees an energized culture of entrepreneurship as a sustainable way to revitalize communities and neighborhoods that have suffered from disinvestment. Below is an introduction to the concept of ecosystem building presented by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, followed by a playbook for anyone interested in this emerging field.

"In the modern economy, every community has the opportunity to become a thriving ecosystem." Kauffman Foundation

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New Haven Innovation Collaborative is an organization of entrepreneurs, researchers, and community builders focused on promoting, connecting, and enabling the ideas and talents that fuel the future of New Haven’s diverse innovation sectors, in life sciences, digital technology, and creative and cultural economies.

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Arthur W. Thomas III
Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Inclusive Economic Opportunity