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ABCitiEs event - Collaborative Entrepreneurship in Cities

Across European cities, local stakeholders are joining forces in new ways, forming collectives to stimulate business growth and innovation and to create a more attractive business environment. This event marks the conclusion of the project, and provides an opportunity for partners to highlight the progress that has been made over the last three years.

23rd February
11am - 3.30pm
Register for the Zoom webinar


What is Collaborate Entrpreneurship?

Area Based Collaborative Entrepreneurship (ABCE) means local stakeholders collaborating and taking action to make their places better. This can include co-investing in facilities or technology, marketing their urban district collectively, improving shared public space, etc. The value of such collectives is increasingly recognized by local government, and policy measures to stimulate these initiatives are being developed. As we move through and beyond Covid 19, the value of this practice has become increasingly important, with local people now at the heart of how places can recover and thrive in a post-pandemic World.

What is the ABCitiEs project?

By capturing local learnings systematically, identifying critical success conditions and sharing them both locally and with project partners across regions in Europe, the ABCitiEs project sought to further embed partnership working and collaboration in local policy, whilst developing and sharing best practice approaches to its implementation.

Five European urban regions are involved in this project: Amsterdam, Athens, Manchester, Vilnius, and the conurbation Varazdin-Cakovic (Croatia). All regions have examples of good and bad practice when it comes to local stakeholder collaboration, and initiated this project to share experiences and gain deeper insights in order to develop more effective policy instruments.

Join the webinar

Please join us virtually on 23rd February 2022 to find out more. The event will commence at 11am (GMT), and will run until 3.30pm (GMT). The agenda is noted below:

Welcome and overview
Dr Steve Millington (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Councillor Gavin White – Lead Member for Housing and Employment
Manchester City Council
The State of Play of Interregional Learning
INTERREG Europe - Laurentiu David
ABCitiEs (Area Based Collaborative Enterprise) – Project Overview
Patricia van Hemert, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
KEYNOTE: Area Based Collaboration in a Post-Pandemic Europe
Matthew Colledge - IntoPlaces and Project Director (interim) High Streets Task Force (UK)
Regional summaries
Each region presents what they have learnt from the project, with a focus on Action Plans (implementation, lessons learnt, continuing collaboration post-project). Each region will have 20 minutes each, including time for discussion
Summary and project close, moderated discussion - Willem van Winden

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Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better.

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