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Accelerating Cities’ Innovation Capacity 

12 Jun 2019

The OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to analyse innovation in cities, with the goal of understanding how municipalities can enhance their ability to use innovation to deliver better results for their residents.

This webinar examined the factors explaining the varying levels of innovation capacity in cities, what is driving innovation in cities, and featured spotlights on innovative examples from Stockholm (Sweden), New York (USA), Syracuse (USA), Montréal (Canada)


  • Gunnar Bjorkman, Director of Innovation, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Carson C. Hicks, Deputy Executive Director, Mayors Office For Economic Opportunity, New York (USA)
  • Adria Finch, Director of Innovation, Syracuse (USA)
  • Stéphane Guidoin, Director, Laboratory of Urban Innovation, Montréal (Canada)

Moderated by Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD