Through joining SCALE.CITIES, a city becomes part of a global ecosystem of front-running cities; learns from ecosystem building experts from other cities; gets access to a growing number of cases and experiences of other cities about the above- mentioned topics; and showcases the city’s activities to a global network.
Through SCALE.CITIES, cities are introduced to solutions for diverse topics and challenges that play important roles in every Startup City. These include:
- Deploying strategies to grow a local ecosystem;
- Government as launching customer;
- Female Entrepreneurship;
- Connecting Ecosystems globally;
- Activating Corporates for your Ecosystem;
- Attracting (foreign) tech and entrepreneurial talent;
- Educating, re-educating and up-skilling tech talent
- Consequences of and commitment to new emerging technologies (AI, Blockchain e.g.)
- Establish Inclusive Growth;
- Developing Innovation Districts.
- Support start- and scale-ups scaling internationally
- How to activate more startups in your local ecosystem
Self-assessment tool to benchmark your city, and receive suggested best practices. How do you stand as an ecosystem? What are the strengths and weaknesses? Where can you as a government play a role and how? How can you learn from other cities in this? These questions are central to the self-assessment tool, which is explicitly not a ranking of cities but a tool to strengthen the local ecosystem.
Sharing strategies, tools, playbooks and best practices with each other. We are working on a database of best practices from around the world. A start has already been made by the 20 SCALE cities and this will be further expanded in the coming period. The database contains a summary, organizational structure, business model and contact person for each project.
Connect with your Peers globally. We are going to organize webinars (digital seminars) on specific topics, Have Peer2Peer gilt sessions, discuss and share learnings, describe cases from other cities, and share lessons on the role of government.
With a small group of cities, a short, well-prepared study trip to a city will be organized, to learn from and to be inspired by the experiences and projects there.
Access to SCALE events and Summits. Can be specific events organized around or during international tech events. And an annual SCALE StartupCity Summit.
Create/join projects, bi-lateral and multi-lateral. Working together on (government funded) projects for efficiency & effectivity gains. set up projects together that can be EU projects, but that is not necessary. Via SCALE cities can find each other much easier and approach to set up projects together. SCALE can play a coordinating but also stimulating role in this.
Access to standard documents, definitions and metrics. Think of City2City MoU’s, soft landing packages, action programs, reporting formats, business models.
(City) experts on topics are available for mentoring and consulting. Due to the public character of SCALE, the members gain huge discounts compared with market players. We try to provide most services for free.