What drives the emergence of innovative entrepreneurial cities? What are the impacts of such cities on the welfare and vibrancy of their communities?
CIT.ee — Cities Innovating Tomorrow's Entrepreneurial Ecosystems — is a research initiative aimed at answering these two vital questions. Leveraging a multidisciplinary team of scholars and adopting a pluralistic approach to research, we explore the conditions under which entrepreneurial ecosystems emerge and how their emergence impacts all members of their communities. In the first stages of this project, we will focus our studies on small to midsize cities in the United States and utilize a combination of in-depth case histories, consolidation of archival data, and collection of novel data through interviews and other primary data gathering efforts.
The CIT.ee research team draws on researchers from many scholarly disciplines and institutions.
Cities’ complex systems feed entrepreneurial ecosystems and understanding these interactions requires knowledge and methodological expertise from across many fields of study: entrepreneurship, strategy, sociology, innovation, and history, to name a few. Our growing team represents several top universities including the University of Virginia, University of Colorado, and Babson University. We are connected by our aspirations to build more knowledge about how cities can generate better opportunities for their residents.