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Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship: City Strategies

November 2-4, 2011

The 9th NYC Global Partners summit “Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship: City Strategies” brought together 22 global cities to share best practices in developing policies and partnerships that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship and job growth.  This summit was developed in cooperation with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and co-sponsored by Columbia University and the World Bank.  GE provided generous support for the three-day event.

The summit brought together official city delegations from Bangalore, Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Geneva, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kiev, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Lyon, Montréal, Munich, New York City, Panama City, Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.   Attending mayors included Sharadamma Ramanjaneya, Mayor of Bangalore; Sorin Oprescu, Mayor of Bucharest; István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest; Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town; Pierre Maudet, Mayor of Geneva; Le Hoang Quan, Mayor of Ho Chi Minh City; and Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt, who serves as chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, opened the program as the featured speakers in a conversation moderated by Professor Meyer Feldberg, President of New York City Global Partners. Their presentation was part of a three-day international meeting of government officials and private sector representatives showcasing best practices, such as promoting entrepreneurship through access to capital and affordable incubator space; facilitating business creation by reducing government red tape; supporting infrastructure for energy efficient business development; and creating public-private partnerships which diversify the local economy and develop the workforce.


  • "Global Workforce Innovations" (2009 NYC Global Partners Summit Workforce Development and Job Creation) (in PDF)
  • Best Practice Reports from the NYC Global Partners Innovation Exchange, an online resource bank of global cities’ best practices


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Citywide Merchandise Licensing Program
Global Business Plan Competition to Promote Entrepreneurialism


Floor Space and Employment Census for Policymaking


Partnership to Increase Youth Employment Opportunities
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Business Program for Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


Sustainable Management Practices for Local Businesses

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Business Innovations and Entrepreneurship: City Strategies

About the Summit
Office of the Mayor Press Release (in PDF)
Summit Program (in PDF)
Speaker Bios (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg's conversation with Jeff Immelt (with introductions)
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Read Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks (in PDF)

Panel I: Developing a 21st Century Economy (New York City, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Lyon)
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Panel II: Creating Public-Private Partnerships to Enable Business Growth and Job Creation (New York City, Cape Town, Stockholm)
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Luncheon Address by Sanjay Pradhan (Comm. Marjorie Tiven's Intro)
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Workshop A: Government Partnering for Business Development: Incubators, Business Improvement Districts, and Private Sector Partnerships
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Workshop B: What’s Next? Infrastructure Ideas for the Innovation Economy
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Workshop C: Facilitating Business Creation by Reducing Government Red Tape
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Workshop D: Access to Capital and Training for Emerging Entrepreneurs
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Review & Analysis: Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School
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22 Participating Cities
Buenos Aires
Cape Town
Ho Chi Minh City
New York City
Panama City
Tel Aviv

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