Check Your Ecosystem‘s Health

With the Ecosystem Health Check by Swisscontact and DEEP Ecosystems, managers of innovation hubs and ecosystem builders can analyze their local entrepreneurial ecosystem’s health. The tool allows users to identify and measure key metrics, compare with other places, and plan strategic interventions.


How To Measure Your Startup Ecosystem‘s Health

Structured Template

Structured Template to Create your Own Ecosystem Health Dashboard

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Understand your relative position

Understand your relative position by comparing to benchmark cases from all world regions

Comparing against a Real World Example

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Lagos (FinTech)


Phnom Phen, Cambodia





This interactive demo is just a playful introduction to get to know the Ecosystem Health Check. After choosing one of the places above, you are asked a few questions about your own city. As result, you will receive a first assessment.

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About the Ecosystem Health Check

DEEP Ecosystems and Swisscontact have joined forces to develop a free self-service toolkit to help institutions and individuals focused on entrepreneurship support to better understand the factors that influence the success and growth rate of entrepreneurs in a region.

The tool supports ecosystem builders, incubators, and policy makers through the process of asking the right questions to see the progress of their startup scene and develop well-grounded interventions to achieve systemic growth.

The tool’s strength is that it is suitable for both early stage and more mature ecosystems, in emerging as well as developed economies. It includes an online KPI dashboard, an extensive user guide including two specific case studies, as well as a theoretical framework.

We successfully piloted the Ecosystem Health Check in several places, such as Guatemala, Cambodia, Lebanon, Cologne, Berlin, Nigeria and Albania in 2021 and 2022.

With the toolkit, ecosystem builders are be able to implement strategic alignment and policy development as well as mobilize investments towards sectors of the ecosystem that ought to be developed.

The Ecosystem Health Check toolkit has been developed as part of the Credit Suisse – Swisscontact (CSSC) initiative, funded by the Credit Suisse Financial Inclusion Initiative and implemented by Swisscontact in collaboration with DEEP Ecosystems.


About the authors:



Swisscontact is a leading organization for the implementation of international development projects. We promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.

Swisscontact has been pioneering the use of social network analysis (SNA) to map and better understand the dynamics within entrepreneurial ecosystems. Through our research, we provide guidance on how to grow ecosystems and make sure information travels fast and effectively. While the SNA studies provide in-depth analysis on ecosystem dynamics, the ecosystem health framework presented here has been designed as a comprehensive self-assessment tool for ecosystem builders to measure the health and equity of an entrepreneurial ecosystem over time.

DEEP Ecosystems


DEEP Ecosystems is a platform for the acceleration of entrepreneurial ecosystems.

We work with innovation leaders worldwide to help them grow their regional communities and institutions to support more entrepreneurs to succeed. The tools we offer are:

  • a worldwide community of ecosystem professionals for peer learning (DEEP Conference)
  • a strong database of ecosystem metrics (Startup Heatmap) as well as
  • hands-on support for ecosystem projects in their 6-week ecosystem accelerator program (DEEPSEA).

DEEP has already worked with 200 individual ecosystem builders from over 20 countries to help them grow their impact. The seasoned founder team has first-hand experiences from Startup Chile, Microsoft Ventures, Europe’s largest university-based entrepreneurship center UnternehmerTUM, investment funds in Estonia and Portugal as well as sustainable development work in Africa with GIZ.