Geographies of Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Keith Debbage
Chairs: Keith Debbage

Call for Submissions

Interested participants should send a copy of their abstract and program identification number (PIN) to Keith Debbage ( by November 6th.


Entrepreneurship and creativity are an increasingly important driver of economic change and are distinctly spatially uneven processes. Better understanding the geography of entrepreneurship and creativity has been increasingly recognized as an important element in explaining variations in regional economic development patterns. The entrepreneurial process is the result of an interaction between an individual and the surrounding environment or entrepreneurial eco-system, which is heterogeneously endowed with knowledge, institutions, resources and demand for products. In this sense, creative entrepreneurs are more likely to thrive and be innovative in environments that provide a mix of institutions, regulatory regimes, infrastructure, venture capital and a demand for products capable of nurturing innovation and opportunity. These so-called entrepreneurial ecosystems or systems of entrepreneurship can be an explicitly geographically bounded phenomenon in their more successful, well-known manifestations, particularly in places such as Stanford and Boston in the USA and Oxford and Cambridge in the UK. This session will address the key issues that are part of the geographies of creativity and entrepreneurship
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Spatial implications of creativity and entrepreneurial eco-systems
• Role of self-employment in local and regional economies
• Agglomerative economies and their role in shaping creativity and entrepreneurship
• Labor mobility rates and their impact on entrepreneurial systems
• Other related topics

Interested participants should send a copy of their abstract and program identification number (PIN) to Keith Debbage ( by November 6th.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Joshua Drucker*, University of Illinois At Chicago, Carla Maria Kayanan, University of Michigan, Henry Renski, University of Massachusetts, Innovation Districts: For What and For Whom? 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Michael McCarthy*, Utica College, Creativity by Megapolitan and Non-Megapolitan County 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Nicole Bignal*, University of North Carolina At Greensboro, Keith Debbage, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Geography of Entrepreneurship: Non-Farm Proprietorship Employment by US County 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Sameeksha Desai, Indiana University, Haifeng Qian*, University of Iowa, The economic geography of opportunities: entrepreneurial environment and intergenerational mobility in U.S. cities 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Keith Debbage University of North Carolina At Greensboro 20 6:20 PM

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