The purpose of LaunchPad 11 is to be a lever for transformation. It connects cities and government leaders with entrepreneurs and visionaries to accelerate the implementation of new solutions for more sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities
Leading Cities developed LaunchPad 11, the first virtual ecosystem for Smart & Resilient City innovators, to provide the valuable benefits of clustering entrepreneurs, investors, and decision-makers without the costly need for relocation or physical presence. With already more than 100 members from around the world and growing rapidly, the strength of the ecosystem and its impact continues to increase.
Leading Cities understands the necessity to implement profound transformations in communities to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change and other major threats to humanity from inequality and poverty to health and social cohesion. Tackling these challenges requires a collaborative approach. LaunchPad 11 was created to virtually convene, on a daily basis, leaders, innovators, pioneers, investors, cities, and other stakeholders. This virtual incubator harnesses the creativity, opportunity, and ingenuity of people from around the world committed to driving sustainability and resiliency in communities everywhere.
The purpose of LaunchPad 11 is to be a lever for transformation. It connects cities and government leaders with entrepreneurs and visionaries to accelerate the implementation of new solutions for more sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities. Sharing in this commitment to drive sustainable change, Leading Cities has partnered with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, QBE, and other organizations to establish this groundbreaking approach to clustering for change.
“We’ve waited for an entire generation for a traditional cluster dedicated to sustainability and resiliency to organically emerge, but in any one city, a smart city company may have just one client. The nature of this industry requires a new and alternative approach to clustering,” said Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities. “I believe deeply in the power of clustering. And if we are going to reverse the tide of destruction in our communities, we need to leverage every opportunity we can find.”
The vision for LaunchPad 11 is to grow this virtual ecosystem to create and share the positive opportunities of a traditional cluster like Silicone Valley. This ecosystem fosters ideas, business models, and projects that are aligned with Leading Cities’ mission to scale new solutions by uniting communities, creators, solution providers, dreamers, companies, and experts. This powerful ecosystem is linked to Leading Cities’ signature program, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge, now considered one of the Top 5 Govtech accelerators in the world.
Leading Cities, through its activities and programs, promotes the construction of fair and sustainable futures for all. Focus on the development and balance of urban centers and their relationship with the environment, understanding that cities play a key role in our race to preserve our planet and a prosperous future for generations to come.