How to measure entrepreneurial ecosystems? Active discourse and challenges in the Brazilian case




Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Metrics, Regional Development, Public Policies


Objective: The paper reviews and systematizes the metrics proposed in the literature for measuring the different elements of entrepreneurial ecosystems and covers the challenges of measuring ecosystems at the regional level and the Brazilian case. Method: A literature review of the metrics proposed for Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and descriptive statistics to systematize the indicators found in the review. Results: There is still no uniformity in the proposal of metrics. Most of them have a national approach and are related to the dimensions of Public policy & Regulation, Culture, and Human capital. The effort to apply theory to the Brazilian case is still incipient, and it is necessary to create adequate metrics for the national context. Theoretical/methodological contributions: The article enriches the discourse on measuring entrepreneurial ecosystems by shedding light on a variety of methodologies, identifying gaps, highlighting the necessity for subnational indicators, and exploring their implications within the Brazilian context. Relevance/Originality: While the concept of EE and its measuring methods hold significant potential for orienting public policies, they remain underexplored in the Brazilian academic community. This article aims to bridge this gap and underscore the promising nature of this research area.


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Guilherme de Oliveira Santos, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

is an advisor to the Technology Directorate at FAPERJ. He has a doctorate and master's degree in Public Policies, Strategies and Development and a degree in Social Sciences from UFRJ. His areas of interest include: regional innovation systems, entrepreneurship ecosystems, and mission-oriented innovation policies.

Caio José das Chagas Monteiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

holds a bachelor's degree in Economic Sciences from the Institute of Economics (IE) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has research experience in the area of ​​Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. He was awarded the academic dignity diploma CUM LAUDE for his good academic performance during graduation. He was awarded the CAPES University Talent competition in 2019.

Leonardo Santos Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

is a student of Economic Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a Business Intelligence intern at Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN). He participated in the FAPERJ Scientific Initiation program at the UFRJ Institute of Economics (IE/UFRJ), with an interest in entrepreneurship ecosystems, socioeconomic development and industrial economics. He participated in the team responsible for the Strategic Plan for Economic and Social Development of the State of Rio de Janeiro for the year of 2023.

Yasmin Ventura Araújo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

is a Data Science intern at the company 4intelligence. She is currently studying Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His areas of interest include Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and the Job Market. He received a scientific initiation scholarship from CNPq and participated in the Innovation Economics Group at the Institute of Economics of UFRJ.


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How to Cite

Santos, G. de O., Monteiro, C. J. das C., Ribeiro, L. S., & Araújo, Y. V. (2024). How to measure entrepreneurial ecosystems? Active discourse and challenges in the Brazilian case. REGEPE Entrepreneurship and Small Business Journal, 13(1), e2330.

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