Start Fort Wayne and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne are launching an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Strategy for Allen County. As part of the effort, the organizations have released a survey to “collect data on and elevate the importance of entrepreneurship in the county.”

Dan Swartz, executive director of Start Fort Wayne, says the development of the strategy is “vital” to ensure the long-term growth of the regional economy in northeast Indiana.

The organization says the survey is open for entrepreneurs within Allen County to participate until July 28. The survey collects demographic data, as well as rating perceived access to entrepreneurial resources.

Brad Little, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, says the study is being partially funded by the Columbia City-based Don Wood Foundation.

“Entrepreneurialism was important to Don Wood and is one of the strategic focus areas of his Foundation,” said Little. “It is also a key element in our own Vision Plan and we appreciate the opportunity to partner on this initiative. The findings from this survey will be important in determining the areas we can improve for supporting entrepreneurs in our community.”

Start Fort Wayne says it intends to release its findings in early September.

Allen County entrepreneurs can participate in the survey by clicking here.