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Sustainable Innovation in Leeds: what is your perspective?



The UK is in a period of change and it’s more important than ever that it continue to grow economically through innovation. At the same time it is vital that Leeds develop in a sustainable way. Sustainable technology startups offer a unique opportunity to reduce the burden on governments, universities and society, but they also face unique challenges. It takes a city to raise a start-up. How well-developed is the innovation community in Leeds?


If you live in Leeds, have your say now by taking our short survey here:


Sustainable Innovation in Leeds: What is your perspective?

How likely are entrepreneurs to begin successful sustainable technology startups in Leeds? Leeds is one of the biggest incubators of high growth companies in the North of England, and as a university town it has a source of knowledge and professional diversity for innovation. Do entrepreneurs in the area get the support they need to create sustainable startups that will create jobs and growth in the area?

This study from Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health seeks to assess the level of services available to entrepreneurs in Leeds and identify possible interventions that will foster the creation and expansion of sustainable and health startups.


Calling all members of the Leeds community

We need you to tell us about the condition of the sustainability and innovation community in Leeds. The whole community is involved, so we want to hear from investors and policy makers, suppliers and vendors, lawyers and consultants, academics and students – and of course entrepreneurs. How effectively do the different stakeholders work together? Are the required services in place, from business incubators and alternative investors to legal frameworks?

The Center for Health and the Global Environment has completed this study in regions across the world, from Malaga, Spain to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Now Julia Tanner, a PhD student from the University of Leeds and a Visiting Graduate Student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is bringing the study to Leeds. By providing stakeholders and local officials with some lessons learned, the study hopes to make Leeds a city where more sustainable startups can thrive.

Help make Leeds a better place for sustainability and entrepreneurship by completing this short survey. The survey is completely anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. You can complete it here:

The Innovation Ecosystem Survey is now live and we will be collecting responses until December 31, 2016. 

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