THE AMBITION

In response to the pandemic, The Global Institute on Innovation Districts has launched its 2021 agenda to help “build back better.” We are actively advancing strategies that support geographies uniquely positioned to drive new waves of innovative, inclusive, and sustainable growth: Innovation districts.

Innovation districts are the ultimate mash up of anchor institutions, companies, start-ups, and ecosystem-building intermediaries in hyper-local geographies that leverage density, proximity, and accessibility. Districts actively advance a “collaborate to compete” agenda to solve some of our world’s most complex challenges.

Drawn together by transit, powered by clean energy, wired for digital technology, and fueled by caffeine, innovation districts are ambitious in their efforts to strengthen local and regional competitiveness, grow new jobs with living wages, create new firms, and strengthen inclusive growth and equity across the region.

By conservative estimates, there are now more than 100 innovation districts emerging around the world.