Rainforest Rev: The Most Entrepreneur-Friendly City In America?

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News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


How do you create value in the new economy?

Join over 1,000 of your fellow “new economy builders” from more than 50 countries as we learn, love, and build together.  It all happens in Silicon Valley at the Global Innovation Summit — the centerpiece of Global Innovation WeekRegister before November 30 and get 20% off!





Albuquerque’s Plan To Build The Most Entrepreneur-Friendly City In America 

Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s many assets can help the city achieve its ambitious goal with the help of people like Global Innovation Summit winner Elizabeth Kuuttila, who is helping to apply the science of innovation ecosystems to her work of cultivating a “Rainforest in the Desert.” Read more here.


Is Noise Good For Us?

Alistair Brett from the Rainforest Innovation Blog
T2 Venture Creation’s International Technology Commercialization Advisor Alistair Brett continues his analysis of the positive role “good noise” plays in the speed with which innovation moves through a network. Read more here.


The Blueprint of Multilevel Selection

Social Evolution Forum
David Sloan Wilson and Dag O. Hessen respond to comments on their essay that explores the potential role Norway could play as a “blueprint for the global village,” including the reactions of T2 Venture Creation CEO Victor Hwang. Read more here.


Four Ways Companies Can Encourage Innovation

Capital Ideas, University of Chicago Booth School
Data that emerged from a corporate database that tracked the progression of new ideas, and also tested whether incentives encouraged more and better ideas, has resulted in some simple steps organizations can take to promote creativity in the workplace. Read more here.


Radical Innovation, Part I: Unleashing Creativity

Knowledge@Wharton, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 
Boston Consulting Group’s Kimberly A. Wagner explains in this video how companies can bridge the gap between managers who want to foster creative ideas, and the people under them who have creative ideas but can’t get permission from the manager to put them into action. See more here.




Let a Million Factories Rise

The Economist
The insular nation of Myanmar has launched the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which could help the country formerly known as Burma boost trade and investment with nearby giants China and India, as well as neighboring Thailand. Read more here.


Where Does the Creative Class Move?

A recent study by a Census Bureau geographer traces the migration of the roughly 40 million American creative class workers between 1995 and 2011. Read more here.


Once, Cleveland Was America’s Startup Hub. Can History Repeat Itself?

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Historians are looking at Cleveland, Ohio’s early 20th century “age of invention” for ways to inspire a new generation of young innovators. Read more here.




Demand Solutions 2014 — Venture Night

December 2, 2014  |  Washington, D.C.
Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Quality of Life is a one-day event sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Blum Centers at UC Berkeley and UCLA.  The event will close with an exciting Venture Night where some of the most innovative and disruptive startups established by young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will present their projects, chosen in a competition, which will be evaluated on Venture Night by a panel of expert judges.  Register here.




We seek the world’s top companies and organizations that enable the super-linear growth of the ecosystems around them. They must catalyze the ideals of connectivity, openness, diversity, and trust that are essential to the innovation process. They must nurture the success of others.  Rather than a simple “Best Of” list, where one focuses solely on the entity itself, we are looking at what the entity does to catalyze more activity around itself.  We seek to reward those entities that create multiplier effects beyond themselves, that catalyze the growth of entire ecosystems.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Connections: does the company/organization connect people that are otherwise disconnected in meaningful, productive ways?
  • Platform: does the company/organization lower the cost of doing business across an entire system?
  • Culture: does the company/organization foster trust in the community, industry or society?
  • Motivations: does the company/organization demonstrate social responsibility or sustainable, systematic impact?
  • Team: how does the company/organization collaborate with employees, advisors, suppliers, distributors and other partners?


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