Innovation Districts - Innovation Neighborhoods - Innovation Centers
This page is crowdsourcing information and data points on startup ecosystem geography in the Kansas City, Mo/Kan metropolitan area. Much work is being done nationally and this site is dedicated to what is happening on the ground in KC and the work is identifying key elements of startup community success.
Coffee Shops As Indicators of Emerging Innovation Districts - Coffee shops are clearly essential bricks & mortar infrastructure to identifying innovation districts. A well run coffee shop with great coffee, small food offerings, community tables rather than 2-, 4-top tables, and free wifi (preferably Google Fiber) will attract creative talent from the surrounding neighborhoods. Coffee shops such as this are also neutral locations for informal business meetings and introductions. They are also high on collision density which is a necessary element in sparking creativity and innovation.
IInnovation District Key Indicators -
- Walkable urban neighborhood (how many blocks?)
- Diverse mix of storefront retail, coffee shop, restaurant, office and commercial businesses (how many businesses per block?)
- Coffee shops that support serendipitous collision density that fosters open and collaborative creativity (how many coffee shops per block?)
- Access to public transit, i.e., Bike Share, Bus, Streetcar, Taxi, Ridehailing, Carsharing, etc. (how is access defined?)
- Coworking spaces, maker spaces, incubators, accelerators and related startup entrepreneur businesses (preferably privately-owned and operated) (how many per block?)
- Events and activities occurring at locations within the Innovation District that support the creative community, i.e., meetups, hackathons, demo days, office hours, etc. (how many and how often?)
- Boulder Thesis + KC Amendment is modeled in the Innovation District ecosystem, see diagrams below
National & International recognition of KC's startup entrepreneur community
- GEC2105 Cities Challenge KC Named in Top 5 Globally for Entrepreneur Support - KC GEC2015 Cities Challenge Nomination
What's Up Kansas City Coworking Coffee Shop interview with Bo Nelson at Thou Mayest on role of the #coworking #coffeeshop in #StartupKC http://whatsupkansascity.net/interview-rick-usher-thou-mayest-coffee-roasters-owner-bo-nelson/
- Bo states people report a 90% land rate on deal closing meetings held at Thou Mayest
- Bo opens the 2nd floor to startup community events and has A/V and Google Fiber available
- Thou Mayest provides free Google Fiber powered wifi to customers
- Bo introduced concept of coffee shops as “idea brothels.”
- When ideas have sex | Matt Ridley | learned of this @ThouMayCoffee #coworking #coffeeshop thx Bo @WhatsUpKCity
- What Makes A Thriving And Interesting City? Something Called Collision Density - Fast Company
12/21/16 KCUR Up to Date Vewiser Dixon
One man's concerns about KC's exclusive startup scene has him working toward a Silicon Valley for minorities. @kcur
Bob Specht - How Kansas City Actually Becomes Startup City
Groups working on Innovation Center-like initiatives:
Office of Innovation - Social Innovation Center
KC Rising - Crown Center
Downtown Council - East Village
Define “Innovation District;”
Brookings Institute - The Rise of Innovation Districts - A new complementary urban model is now emerging, giving rise to what we and others are calling “innovation districts.” These districts, by our definition, are geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators.
An Innovation District is a proving ground for collaborative efforts among entrepreneurs.
Draft KC Definition: An Innovation District has a minimum startup density of ___ per block and at least one coffee shop in the District. Startup community events are held at least monthly at one or more locations within the District. The District is pedestrian-friendly and well-served by public transportation.
By Project for Public Spaces on May 10, 2016
1. IDENTITY: MAKE INNOVATION VISIBLE AND PUBLIC
2. DIVERSITY: MIX INNOVATION WITH A RANGE OF OTHER USES
3. CONTINUITY: START WITH EXISTING PEOPLE AND PLACES
4. SOCIABILITY: BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER THROUGH PLACES AND PROGRAMMING
5. PROXIMITY: BUILD THINGS CLOSE TOGETHER ON THE GROUND—NOT JUST ON THE MAP
6. MOBILITY: CONNECT TO THE BROADER CITY AND REGION THROUGH MULTIPLE TRANSPORTATION MODES
7. FLEXIBILITY: EXPERIMENT, OBSERVE, REPEAT
8. UNITY: GOVERN WITH VISION AND HOLISTIC, INCLUSIVE STRATEGIES
Define “Innovation Center:”
UIC Innovation Center - The Innovation Center is a community of industry entrepreneurs and academic researchers working in partnership to instigate breakthroughs: fusing the uncommon, taking risks, thinking big.
Draft KC Definition: An Innovation Center has full-time staffed offices for startups and at least one full-time staffed office from a corporate, academic and/or government partner.
Defining an Innovation District through Brad Feld’s Boulder Thesis:
And Innovation Center is the nexus of the Entrepreneur Community, Government, Academic & Corporate collaboration:
Kansas City Innovation District Map - share, add and edit thanks
Does the KCStreetcar line define an Innovation District in Downtown KC? https://youtu.be/7_W6peXKoT4
Here's the KCStreetcar Innovation intersects Opportunity video - https://youtu.be/FvrB34jPNjo
Here's a sweet story of the birth of an innovation neighborhood - how far we've come! https://youtu.be/RAyFwwVVuwI