What It Takes to Build a Startup City: Meet 7 Mayors Promoting Entrepreneurship

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Written by Tanya Benedicto Klich.

In its second year, the Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship saw mayoral attendance more than double from 16 to 39, signifying how city officials are more engaged in what’s working – and what’s not – when it comes to supporting local entrepreneurs, according to Jason Wiens, policy director at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation…

Cincinnati Mayor Cranley: provide funding and operational support for the city’s startup ecosystem

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, for the first time in history, has included operational support for Cincinnati’s startup ecosystem in the city’s budget. The funds will support a 30,000 sq. ft. building that will house Cincinnati’s entire startup ecosystem: Cintrifuse (an organization that offers mentoring and co-working space), The Brandery (a local accelerator) and CincyTech. CincyTech is a public-private, seed stage investor that has invested in local companies that, cumulatively, employ approximately 175 people and bring in millions of dollars in co-investment. They will all be located in two neighboring spaces, worth $16.7 million, in the city’s revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood…

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Originally published November 11, 2014.

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