Why are we doing this?
Innovative tech companies are attractive to cities. Not only do they produce the jobs of tomorrow, but they are increasingly perceived as a symbol of civic vitality. There is a growing feedback loop between entrepreneurship outside of the city hall, and innovative governance within them. As a result, a growing number of city governments are turning their attention to what they can do to grow this part of their economy.
While city authorities can’t create tech communities or entrepreneurs, what they can do is optimise the policy levers that are within their control to design the best set of conditions for innovation to flourish. CITIE aims to help city leaders around the world understand how best to approach this.
What are we doing?
CITIE is the product of a partnership between Nesta, Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult. It provides city policymakers with a resource to support the development of policy initiatives to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in cities.
CITIE comprises four main components:
- A framework for understanding how policy in nine key areas at the city level can be used to support innovation and entrepreneurship.
- A diagnostic tool that allows cities to understand how they perform against this framework relative to 40 global cities.
- A range of examples and case studies that shine a light on best practice from around the world.
- The results and analysis for 2015.
We researched how 40 leading cities from around the world are supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. We tested against a series of metrics that collectively answer three questions:
- How open is the city to new ideas and new businesses?
- How does the city optimise its infrastructure for high-growth businesses?
- How does the city build innovation into its own activities?
Our analysis revolves around nine policy roles that city governments can adopt to support innovation and entrepreneurship. The roles are Regulator, Advocate, Customer, Host, Investor, Connector, Strategist, Digital Governor and Datavore. They are designed to cover the full range of a city’s operations.
CITIE is designed to be used by policymakers in cities. To the greatest extent possible, it focuses on those policy levers that city governments have at their disposal, although this inevitably varies from place to place.
We interviewed leading cities to draw out key learnings in our case studies that are designed to highlight what good practice looks like globally so that other cities can learn from it.
Explore our framework, diagnostic tool and case studies with city leaders further at: www.citie.org.
The CITIE framework follows Nesta’s previous work in cities, building on projects such as: