"Building the Innovation Ecosystem" Report from ICF Analyzes How Cities Foster Private-Sector Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Report details strategies and successes of cities in Taiwan and Sweden

(9 January 2018 – New York City)  – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released Building the Innovation Ecosystem. The new research report explores how two very different Intelligent Communities have fostered a local ecosystem of private-sector innovation through a comprehensive effort engaging government, education, nonprofits and business.
Building-the-Innovation-Ecosystem-Cover.jpg"Fifteen years of practical research in our network of more than 170 Intelligent Communities has produced a definitive model of ecosystem development," said co-founder and research director Robert Bell.  "There are countless academic studies of entrepreneurship and innovation, many of them of great value.  At ICF, our focus is on translating knowledge into strategies and practical that city leaders can use today to make a better tomorrow."

Case Studies: Hsinchu County, Taiwan and Stockholm, Sweden
Building the Innovation Ecosystem focuses on Hsinchu County, Taiwan, a 2016 Top7 Community and Stockholm, Sweden, the 2009 Intelligent Community of the Year. The report details how Hsinchu County became the site of Taiwan’s first Research & Development institute and translated that success into an innovation engine including Taiwan's most successful science park, multiple industrial parks, and a new comic, animation, and movie effects park. Stockholm has centered its innovation development around the Kista Science City, a startup district that combines resources for students as young as middle school aged up through university students and industry professionals. The city's long-running efforts have made Stockholm the second most prolific tech hub in the world after Silicon Valley.

The report provides analysis of the steps both cities took to reach today’s innovation centers anda detailed roadmap for communities seeking to build their own innovation ecosystems from scratch.

The report is available free for ICF Members, and for purchase for non-members.

About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global movement of nearly 170 cities, metro regions and counties with a think tank at its heart. ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help cities and regions build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program. The Forum has two Institutes in North America dedicated to the study of the movement, with more institutes planned. Global leaders, thinkers, and media observers follow and participate in the ongoing global dialogue initiated by the Intelligent Community Forum. In 2012 ICF was invited to participate at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo and in 2014, its model and work was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, according to the American government, was "aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs.” The Forum’s membership is made up of nearly 170 designated Intelligent Communities worldwide, which is represented by mayors and key civic leaders. For more information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org/icf_membership. For more details on the Intelligent Community Forum’s recent publications and programs, www.intelligentcommunity.org.

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