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SXSW 2018

Fostering Ecosystems Beyond Token Innovation Hubs

When people think entrepreneurial ecosystem, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego are often the first cities to come to mind. But communities that foster and embrace innovation are growing and thriving in all corners of the country from gritty urban environments like Philadelphia, and small but energetic cities like Austin, to once-booming industrial centers making a revival such as Detroit. Fostering entrepreneurship in these communities requires different thinking, resources and infrastructure.

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  1. How have public and private sectors come together to support and grow your respective cities and regions?
  2. What are some specific milestones that have occurred to help move the needle in your city or region in terms of fostering an innovative ecosystem?
  3. What are the benefits to being located outside of a traditional innovation hub?



Kristen Fitch , Senior Manager, Marketing & Media Relations , University City Science Center

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Cities Summit
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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