What do startup entrepreneurs want from a city, and where do they find it?
With the development of the digital economy, local governments have been working hard to attract entrepreneurs and startup enterprises to their cities – and more importantly, to prevent local entrepreneurs from moving elsewhere. However, there often is a gap between what entrepreneurs want, and what policymakers are doing to attract them to the startup city.
The Startup City project bridges this gap by showing how entrepreneurship and the urban environment are linked. Startup ecosystems have unique combinations of economic, social, and cultural resources, and certain amenities and qualities can encourage migration between cities. Through surveys and interviews with entrepreneurs in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, the project aims to identify the most integral components of the startup city, and better understand what makes startup ecosystems successful, viable, and sustainable.
About Natalie, Principal Investigator: Natalie Novick is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego and a graduate researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. In addition, she serves as the research director for the European Startup Initiative, a non-profit organization that works with cities to improve conditions for their startup ecosystems. Her research examines how globalization and technological change alter the landscape of skilled labor migration worldwide. Natalie's research is funded by the University of California's Frontiers of Innovation Research Program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Tinker Foundation. Prior to her academic research, she has worked extensively with city, state and federal government as a contract lobbyist.