Here to help the place sector rise to the moment
Connected Places Catapult has a strong track record of partnering with regions to bring local partners together, unlock investment, and catalyse innovation. Our expertise is grounded in intelligence from around the world, and we have the resources to support your journey towards becoming a thriving hub of sustainable growth and prosperity.
From the Belfast City Region to the UK Innovation Districts Network, Connected Places Catapult has a wealth of experience of partnering with places to bring local partners together around shared plans to unlock investment and catalyse new innovation activity.
The Innovation Places Leadership Academy draws on our extensive knowledge and networks to resource places of potential and the people that lead them.
In 2021 we published an updated version of our global review of innovation places and an accompanying Playbook for Place leaders. Grounded in intelligence from 700 cities, more than 30 globally recognised innovation clusters and over 100 UK innovation locations, this knowledge base is a vital tool for leaders seeking to foster new economic prosperity in their areas.
Since then we have also generated a data tool which draws on 25,000 data points from about 500 cities across the UK and worldwide, including more than 2,800 global performance benchmarks, to identify cohorts of peers from which places can learn.
In the past we have partnered with places to apply this insight and our wider expertise on a bilateral commercial basis. Given the pressing need for economic renewal in the wake of Covid and other global trends, we wanted to find a way to support more places on their journey to becoming thriving hubs of sustainable growth and prosperity.
In September 2023, we published the Roadmap to Innovation-led Prosperity, a three-part report integrating insights from the innovation places knowledge base, the Innovation Places Leadership Academy pilot cohort, and original dialogue with public and private sector leaders in the UK Core Cities.
Visit our Place Leadership Hub for more about our resources and services.