Four ways start-ups can transform a city
June 5, 2017 Editor 0
From Berlin to Cairo, from Medellín to New York City, new start-ups are flourishing in the heart of the city instead of occupying suburban areas or remote technology parks. This is the new model of start-up innovation ecosystems propelled by the so-called “fourth industrial revolution.”
Are these city-based start-up ecosystems generating new economic opportunities and jobs? If so, how are they doing it? To better understand this new model and its potential economic impact, we studied the evolution of the start-up ecosystem in New York City.
The city’s vibrant start-up scene is a recent phenomenon. With more than 14,500 start-ups and nearly $6 billion in venture capital investments, New York City today has one of the largest and most vibrant start-up ecosystems in the world. Just 10 years ago, the start-up community in the city was small, scattered, and disorganized.
The incredible transformation of the city’s start-up scene provides a few key insights on the characteristics and potential impact of the urban ecosystem model:
- The start-up bubble: How abundant money is actually not helping
- How urban start-up ecosystems help cities adapt to economic transformations
- Competitive Cities: Which Are They, and Why Should We Care?
- What’s next for the Competitive Cities initiative: ‘To travel far, let’s travel together’
- How start-ups can turbocharge global productivity growth
- Can urban innovation ecosystems be developed with little broadband infrastructure?
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