Innovation ecosystems for local growth

While central government is focused on deficit reduction, councils are increasingly taking on responsibility for delivering growth and are uniquely placed to do so. Where ecosystem creation relies on the inter-connectedness of business, consumers as well as the necessary infrastructure, what are the tactical ways in which councils can support innovation ecosystems in their areas? What does a local innovation ecosystem look like? Who are the key stakeholders?


  • Lizzie Crowley, Senior Researcher at the Big Innovation Centre will kick start the discussion, outlining some of the research investigating the ways in which different ways cities innovate and how local and national policy can support the development of successful urban innovation of ecosystems.
  • Andrew Sissons, Head of Regeneration Delivery for London Borough Hackney, will then some of the practical ways in which local government may achieve this, drawing on Hackney’s experience with the Silicon Roundabout which has successfully developed business growth in the tech sector.
This will then be followed by informal discussion, giving key stakeholders provide an excellent opportunity to discuss these issues with peers in the local government field. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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