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Where Are the Opportunities on the Other Side?

Tuesday April 21, 2020

Beyond the traditional spots, where will the new desirable regions be for a post-pandemic world?

  • Scott Stern is an MIT Sloan Professor of Management, award-winning researcher, and co-creator of the Startup Cartography Project
  • Emily Canal is a writer at Inc. Magazine and leads its annual Surge Cities Index

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Scott Stern is theDavid Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stern explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy.  His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management.  Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy.

Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship.  This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance.  In recent years, Stern has developed a popular new MIT Sloan elective, Entrepreneurial Strategy, co-founded the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, advised the development of the Social Progress Index, and served as the lead MIT investigator on the US Cluster Mapping Project.

Stern started his career at MIT, where he taught from 1995 to 2001.  Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Stern is the director and co-founder of the IInnovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Emily Canal is a staff writer at Inc. Previously, she wrote for ForbesThe New York Times, and The Boston Globe, and The Daily. She is a surfer, coffee enthusiast, and bad-movie aficionado.

Emily has been a journalist since she was 14 years old, reporting stories for my hometown newspaper The York Weekly. Throughout her career, she has covered breaking news, business, politics, policy, tech, healthcare, and entertainment.

As a staff writer at Inc. Magazine, she writes web and magazine pieces about startups, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and “Shark Tank” and is also a frequent guest on Inc.’s weekly podcast.


Emily Canal

Check out Inc. Magazine’s Surge Cities Index

The 50 best U.S. cities for starting a business in 2020.

For the 2020 Surge Cities index, Inc. and innovation policy company Startup Genome analyzed troves of data on seven essential indicators–such as early-stage funding and job creation–to determine the 50 best areas for startup growth. You’ll find a road map for turning forgotten ZIP codes into boomtowns–or simply for answering the age-old question: Where should you go next?

Scott Stern