Start-Up City: Building Boston’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Boston, MA

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Event Details

Location: MassChallenge Event Space, 1 Marina Park Drive, 14th Floor, Boston, MA

Date:  June 11, 2012

Time: 8:00 – 11:30 am

Description: The Boston area has a long history of innovation.  It is currently building on that history by encouraging innovation across a variety of sectors -- biotech, robotics, software, data analytics, financial services, and more.  But Boston faces competition from other regions, whether well-established like Silicon Valley and up and coming regions seeking a share of growth.  'Start-Up City' brings together entrepreneurs, public officials, and academics to examine Boston's competitive position and consider how the region can encourage additional growth.  


Introduction:  Nicole Fichera and Chloe Ryan, City of Boston

Opening Remarks:   Kairos Shen, Chief Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston's Vision for Innovation 

Presentations: Boston’s Start-up Environment from Three Perspectives

Ed Glaeser, Professor of Economics, Harvard Kennedy School

Scott Griffith, Former CEO and Chairman, ZipCar 

Jennifer Lum, Co-Founder, Adelphic Mobile

Coffee Break                             

Reconvening Remarks:
John Harthorne, Founder and CEO, MassChallenge

Panel Discussion: Making the Most of Boston's Human Capital

Moderator: Sarah Green, Senior Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review

Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Mechanics 

Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Partners 

Carlos Martinez Vela, Executive Director, Venture Cafe Foundation                              

Closing Remarks: Mayor Thomas Menino