We co-produce, we co-own
SCALE (the Startup Cities Alliance) is a collaborative force of global cities (SCALE.CITIES), represented by their public ecosystem builders, who work together in strengthening their local startup ecosystem, through sharing their networks (‘peers’) and learnings (‘experiences, insights and best practices’).
These public ecosystem builders are a mix of civil servants and public officials that are:
a) directly responsible for startup and tech related topics
b) or having a specific role in strengthening the local ecosystem
c) or working for a private/public startup organization that has a strong link to the local government.
The ultimate goal is to provide local startup ecosystems (startups, tech teams, and facility providers) a City-as-a-Service, with better access to Talent, Capital, Launching customers, and Content in an entrepreneurial environment.
Why we started SCALE.CITIES?
In cities all over the world, local governments are playing a profound role in strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems by trying to create an environment in which businesses, knowledge institutions, and capital providers can find each other. Consequently, making it easier for startups to mature and grow into profitable drivers of employment and innovation. This is good for both the future prosperity and well-being of a city. As a local government, you can never do enough to be instrumental in such developments.
SCALE.CITIES is based on the idea that it is good to collaborate with other cities -both nationally and internationally- rather than see them as competitors. There is a lot to learn from each other. In the startup world, it is all about sharing knowledge, in order to grow faster. The end goal is to help startups grow fast, scale globally, and make sure that our cities provide them with a strong ecosystem. In this way, everyone benefits.
Nowadays, crucial for any city’s economic and social development can be maintained through the established innovation and tech environment mostly reliant on the existence of vivid entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem. However, it is challenging to build a solid foundation for startup entrepreneurship on a short notice. First of all, most cities lack access to talent, capital, networks and launching customers. Furthermore, emerging tech cross-overs (e.g. AI, blockchain and Robotics) raise new questions to flourishing tech hubs every day; how can your city stay relevant in those areas and how can it manage the negative effects of tech such as raising in-equality, in-affordability and ethical repercussions?
In order to provide solutions [be on top] to such emergent challenges, it is necessary for local governments among other stakeholders to secure their role as enablers, neutral brokers, ecosystem builders and marketers. Local governments must play a crucial role in strengthening their cities’ tech and startup ecosystem, enabling new effective and efficient collaborations and strengthening their global community.
We started the SCALE.CITIES project with the mission to support city representatives, civil servants and public officials in their endeavour to connect and fortify local startup and tech ecosystems.
By generating engagement, building knowledge and sharing expertise on an international level we can create a community, which strategically helps our cities grow, strengthen, and innovate.