Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Tackling Challenges to Scale 2019 MIT D-Lab Co-Design Summit participants, Peter Mumo, Noeline Kirabo and Gibson Muriuki share a laugh during morning circle.
Tackling Challenges to Scale 2019 MIT D-Lab Co-Design Summit participants, Peter Mumo, Noeline Kirabo and Gibson Muriuki share a laugh during morning circle.
Working with supporters and enablers of innovation-driven entrepreneurship around the world in order to strengthen local ecosystems.

 

In addition to working directly with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new solutions to local challenges, MIT D-Lab works with supporters and enablers of innovation-driven entrepreneurship around the world in order to strengthen local ecosystems of support.

Identifying Best Practice

We leverage research on innovation ecosystems from the MIT D-Lab Local Innovation Group to identify and disseminate practices for strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Key Publication
Understanding Innovation Ecosystems - A Framework for Joint Analysis and Action

Convening Actors

We convene diverse groups of entrepreneurship support organizations together with entrepreneurs to:

  • Clarify their vision for the future of their local ecosystem
  • Better understand its current reality, identifying its greatest assets and the challenges obstructing its growth
  • Identify productive pathways for collective action to strengthen the ecosystem
  • Build meaningful relationships to facilitate effective collaboration

Supporting local institutions

We support local institutions and individuals to establish effective and sustainable local innovation centers and incubators.

Projects

Active Projects

Past Projects


Contact

Elizabeth Hoffecker, MIT D-Lab Research Scientist; Lead, Local Innovation Group

Molly W. Rubenstein, MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystems Manager