COVID has highlighted the need for economically resilient cities. A recent analysis found that vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems increased employment growth by 15%. The top 3 cities? San Jose and San Francisco, California, and Boulder, Colorado.
How do city officials, investors, founders, and others come together to build and foster these types of communities? While the suggestions of supporting young firms with management expertise, capital access, and enriched social and professional networks are a good first start these are only the beginning.
These types of systems are complex systems with infinite ways to influence the system. My upcoming book with Ian Hathaway focuses on these evolving and complex landscapes. We are also building an accompanying virtual community of people who share these interests and are looking to discuss them with others. If this sounds like you please join us here.