Combining emerging trends in collaboration, democratisation, and urbanisation, The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur examines the emergence of entrepreneurship and innovation as a primarily urban phenomenon, explains why urban environments are rapidly attracting global innovators across three distinct forms of “urbanpreneurship,” and lights the path forward for entrepreneurs, innovators, and city governments. Cities are increasingly dominating the economic stage on a global level. As a result, opportunities for entrepreneurs in the urban environment abound.
The world is urbanising rapidly. Currently, 600 cities account for 60 percent of the global economy; by 2025, it is predicted that the top 100 cities will account for 35 percent of the world’s economy. Emerging trends in collaboration, the sharing economy, and innovation are opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs in urban environments—”urbanpreneurs”— to participate in everything from tech startups in cities (instead of suburban tech parks) to makers and on-demand service providers to roles in civic entrepreneurship for those interested in solving the challenges that growing cities are facing.