Executive Summary & April 7 Launch Event Information
For more than three centuries Cambridge has been considered an education mecca. And now, the city has joined the ranks of 25 leading innovation capitals in the country — urban centers like San Francisco, Seattle, Denver — that have high concentrations of entrepreneurship, venture capital expenditure, and start-up activity, particularly in fields like tech, biotech, and the life sciences. Powered by the city’s famous universities and the talent they bring, in addition to massive private investment, the positive changes in Cambridge have been striking. But not everyone has shared the prosperity and opportunities this new paradigm has brought.
To help examine both sides of the coin — and facilitate a dialogue among various stakeholders, from politicians and philanthropists to faith leaders and community members — the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is releasing a report entitled Equity and Innovation Cities: The Case of Cambridge. By aggregating a large amount of data, the report compares 25 innovation cities to show where Cambridge stands nationwide, examines how far it has come since the Great Recession, and considers where it needs to seriously improve to benefit all Cantabrigians.
The full report is available on our website here. You may download an executive summary. If you’d like a print copy of our report mailed to you, please fill out a request form.
As we launch this report, all are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 7 at 8:30am ET for a talk entitled, “Cambridge: Innovation, growth, and inequality in a post-pandemic world.” We’ll be sharing key findings from the report, engaging a diverse panel of experts, and sparking discussions around community action. Register here.
Our April 7 panel features:
- Andy Ory, CEO/Founder, 128 Technology and Acme Packets, Inc.
- David A. Williams, Director of Policy Insights, Opportunity Insights
- Eboney Hearn, Executive Director, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
- Tony Clark, President, My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge Task Force
- Geeta Pradhan, CCF president (presenter)
- Adrian Walker, Boston Globe columnist (moderator)
Find more about our speakers below.
We’re also partnering with organizations throughout the city to discuss the report’s findings in context over the coming months. To stay tuned for more upcoming events, sign up for our e-newsletter or follow the Cambridge Community Foundation on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook.
About our panelists