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Economist Intelligence Unit Research on Innovation Clusters

the success factors of innovation clusters

Why does Silicon Valley sustain innovation? What distinct behaviors drive that?

While it’s wrong to want to create ones own Silicon Valley, all innovation ecosystems share common traits.

On this episode of the Big Bang podcast I interview Adam Green, senior editor in the Thought Leadership department at the Economist Intelligence Unit, sister company to The Economist newspaper, on innovation clusters.

Adam is the lead researcher for the Economist Intelligence Unit research on innovation clusters. The report info graphics and short documentary explore innovation clusters globally, discusses their key success factors, and looks at how they change over their life cycle. We have looked at examples from Bangalore, London, Boulder, Singapore and Estonia, with interviewees from the likes of Imperial College, the London School of Economics and techUK. We’ve been particularly interested to show how innovation clusters themselves evolve, and the challenges that success can bring.

Below are some questions we discussed:

  • What is one trait that determines success of an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  • What are the critical components of an innovation ecosystem?
  • What is the key component to start with if no other components are present?
  • What cultural characteristics are necessary for an innovation ecosystem to function?
  • What evidence, individual and/or organizational, will tell us that this culture is developing?
  • How can we adjust and improve an innovation ecosystem to increase its effectiveness?
  • How do innovation clusters change over time?

It was an insightful conversation, and hope you find it useful.

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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.