KC Composite Index of Urban Entrepreneurship


boyd cohen ‏@boydcohen  Jan 14

@RuKCMO @khodel @KCSourceLink Thanks. Along w/ @ealmirall we are working on a composite index to measure urban entrepreneurship

Startups, Hackers, Makers & Entrepreneurs

Boyd Cohen's Smart Cities Wheel


Brad Feld's Boulder Thesis + the KC Amendment should play a part in establishing the composite index:

  1. Entrepreneurs as leaders
    1. Entrepreneurs in leadership positions at economic development agencies
    2. Entrepreneurs in leadership positions at entrepreneur support organizations (ESO)
  2. A long-term view
    1. KCSourcelink Entrepreneur Community Resources
  3. A philosophy of inclusiveness 
  4. Events that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack
  5. KC Amendment - New entrants are quickly introduced to local resources that will help ensure their success

Metrics Selected from "Is KC a Tech Hub? . . . " - KCStar January 17, 2015

  1. Buzz Around the Country
  2. High-speed Gigabit Fiber Internet Services for Home & Business
  3. Tech Events Hosted Annually:
    1. 1 Million Cups KC
    2. TechWeek - coming September 2015
    3. Gigabit City Summit - January 2015
    4. Big Data Summit
    5. City Camp
    6. Middle of the Map Fest Interactive
    7. Startup Weekend EDU - January 23-25, 2015 (number of attendees)
  4. Venture Capitalists
  5. Software Developers
  6. Claim to Tech Entrepreneur Geography - Silicon Prairie
  7. Leadership in a National Cause - The Gigabit Revolution
    1. Next Century Cities
    2. Smart Cities
  8. Followers and Visitors from Across the U.S. and Beyond
  9. Political and Local Government Support and Engagement
    1. Mayor's Bi-State Innovations Team
    2. Citizen Access to Local Government Data
    3. Urban Betterment Projects Attracting Young Entrepreneurs
      1. Blake Miller's quest to ditch his car
  10. Public Classroom Technology
    1. aSTEAMvillage
    2. Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies 
  11. Transit
    1. Main Street MAX
    2. Troost Max
    3. KCStreetcar
  12. Culture and Happiness
  13. Strong University Presence
    1. Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management
      1. eScholars Program
    2. Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management
  14. Tech Corporations Hiring & Luring Skilled Young Talent
  15. Recognition by National and International Associations, Think Tanks and Similar Organizations
    1. Kansas City Recognized as Digital Cities Leader
    2. “Kansas City is making us dream,” said Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford, author of “The Responsive City.”
  16. Digital Engagement & Inclusion Initiatives - Do citizens across the economic spectrum benefit from advanced technology?
    1. WikiKC.org
      1. Digital Inclusion
      2. Economic Mobility
      3. Education
    2. KC Digital Drive
    3. KC Digital Inclusion Coalition
    4. Connecting for Good


A few of my own:

Local Government Engagement

  1. KCBizCare
    1. Small Business Focus Groups
    2. Office Hours
  2. LaunchKC (public private partnership with EDC, Downtown Council & City of Kansas City, Mo.)

Employment Liquidity - how often does startup-engaged individual enter and exit the corporate tech world and how tolerant is the corporate tech world?  Need corporations to celebrate the departure of talent and eagerly welcome them back into the fold should their venture fail.  This churn of a talented workforce is one of the hallmarks of Silicon Valley.


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