Innovation That Matters

Here at Free Enterprise, we’ve been developing articles and research to figure out what we, as citizens, business supporters, investors, local officials, and entrepreneurs can do to harness the power of startups to solve key problems.

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and 1776, last year we launched “Innovation that Matters,” a research program designed to identify and explain how to create local innovation economies and leverage entrepreneurial thought to address the major challenges of our time.

In its first iteration, Innovation That Matters made clear the benefits to cities of focusing on fostering innovation economies that drive startup success in areas that matter most to citizens. And through analyzing data and conversations with local experts, the five guiding principles necessary to this endeavor emerged.

The second edition of Innovation that Matters analyzed 25 cities across the country to discover how urban leaders support startup activity, determine what’s working and what’s not, and identify which cities are setting themselves up to capitalize on the shift to a digital economy.

Make sure to take a closer look at our 2016 list of innovative cities entrepreneurs recommend below.

Also, follow along as we detail what we’re learning and who we’re meeting in these great cities.