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Innovation That Matters 2017

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New Orleans Bouncing Back

Twelve years after one of the United States’ costliest natural disasters destroyed large parts of New Orleans, the city is re-cementing itself as an innovation leader. New Orleans joins the list of biggest movers in Innovation That Matters 2017 by rising 6 places to 19th place.

The city leads the rankings in connectivity this year, but should look to talent, capital, industry specialization and density to eke into the top 10 in the future.

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Second to None in Connectivity

Connectivity between communities and startups is one of the most important measures we found in this year’s report, affecting everything from culture to talent to access to capital. New Orleans was the paragon of connectivity this year, outshining other startup hubs on measures of startup partnerships and access to corporations and civic institutions. New Orleans also rates highly in support from local citizens.

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