Babson College Professor Peter Cohan Authors ‘Startup Cities’

New book discusses the success and failure of cities in nurturing startups

Startup CitiesPeter Cohan recently published his latest book, Startup Cities. The book offers a comprehensive model for explaining the success and failure of cities in nurturing startups, presents detailed case studies of how participants in that model help or hinder startup activity, and shows how to apply these lessons to boost local startup activity.

Startup Cities explains the factors that determine local startup success based on a detailed comparison of regional startup cities—pairing the most successful and less successful cities within regions along with insights and implications from case studies of each of the model’s elements. The book compares local city pairs, highlighting factors that distinguish successful from less successful cities and presents implications for stakeholders that arise from these principles.

The book provides vital benefits to these stakeholders:

  • Presents lessons to city leaders on how to boost regional startup activity based on successful and failed efforts from cities around the world
  • Supplies insights into which criteria they should use to evaluate where to locate critical business functions
  • Equips university administrators and faculty with information from the most and least successful cities on how best to spur local entrepreneurship
  • Offers guidance to capital providers in how to select emerging regions in which to invest with the most attractive returns and how to build networks that supply access to the most promising ventures.

About Peter Cohan

Peter Cohan is a lecturer of Strategy at Babson College and one of the world’s leading authorities on regional startup ecosystems. Starting in 2012, he created and led Startup Strategy courses that explore four regional startup ecosystems—Hong Kong/Singapore, Israel, Paris, and Spain/Portugal. These courses are based on an original framework for evaluating why a few cities host most startup creation and the rest fail to do so. In running these courses, Peter has built a network of local policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, and professors from which he draws practical insights for what distinguishes successful Startup Commons from their peers.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 3/13/2018 8:00 AM