Performance of High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators
Over the past year, ICIC has partnered with
JPMorgan Chase to research the opportunities and challenges associated with
incubators and accelerators. The lack of data is a major barrier, making it
difficult to benchmark their performance. A recent blog discussed our approach
and new data that we collected from eight high-tech incubators and accelerators
in the U.S. as a starting point to address this challenge. Read more.
Houston Faces an Uncertain Future, What Lies Ahead for its Inner City?
Houston is America’s fourth-largest city and was
its fastest-growing in 2015. But as oil prices have declined and the city has
experienced recent economic downturn, how has its inner city fared? An ICIC
analysis finds that while some neighborhoods have seen improvement, poverty
remains a stubborn problem that many community groups are fighting. Read more.
Education, Entrepreneurship and Access to Capital
Accounting for 99 percent of all employer firms
and employing nearly half the workforce in the U.S., small business has an
outsized impact on the economy. A recent report by Babson College provides new
insights into the challenges and opportunities these businesses face, offering
strategies to drive the growth of businesses and the economy. This report
provides new evidence of the importance of education in fostering business growth. Read more.
For Baltimore’s Bithenergy, Sustainability and
Culture Are Key
Last year at ICIC’s Inner City 100, Bithenergy was named the fastest-growing inner city firm in the U.S., earning it the annual Staples Business Growth Award.
ICIC recently spoke with Bithenergy executives about the company’s rapid growth and its impacts in Baltimore and beyond. Read more.
Announcements & Careers
- Join our team: ICIC is hiring at multiple levels.
These Boston-based positions provide an opportunity to join a dynamic and
professional team working to address important issues related to inner city
business growth and economic development. View our open positions.
- On Wednesday, August 10, join ICIC for our next
CEO Series Webinar: Why Grow Your Business Like It’s for Sale? Barbara Findlay
Schenck, author, marketing strategist, and small business advocate, will share
her expertise on preparing to sell your small business. Learn more and register.
- What’s next for your business? At the 2016 Inner
City 100, Accelerating Success: The Road
from Here, honor the fastest growing urban businesses in the U.S. and set a
path forward for your company. Hear from experienced business leaders and
experts and meet executives from across the U.S. on September 14 in Boston.
Learn more and register.
- For the first time, Inner City Capital Connections will begin in Worcester, Mass., on August 24! ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections is a national program with an 11-year track record of helping companies accelerate business growth
and access capital. Their alumni have created over 11,000 jobs and secured more
than $1.3 billion in capital. After participating in the program, alumni grow
an average of 23% and experience a 56% increase in employment. In 2016, the
program will be held in cities across the U.S. Learn more and apply or nominate an urban business.