INNOVATION AND THE CITY convenes practitioners, policy makers, and scholars to discuss the strategies, opportunities and drawbacks associated with the innovation economy and urban economic development. Our goal is to help practitioners evaluate and deploy strategies with an integrative and critical perspective that is context-aware and informed by the latest thinking and practical experiences.

Innovation and the City is hosted by The Venture Café Foundation, the not-for- profit sister organization of the Cambridge Innovation Center. The mission of the Venture Café Foundation has three key elements: to build and connect communities of innovation, to expand the definition of innovation and entrepreneurship, and to build a more inclusive innovation economy. The conference was envisioned and organized by Carlos Martínez-Vela, Ph.D., President of the Venture Café Foundation, and Teresa M. Lynch, Principal at Mass Economics and a founding board member of the Venture Café Foundation.