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March 27, 2015


Creating Innovative Ecosystems for Good

Christopher Gergen & Denise Byrne

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The complexity of the social challenges facing our inner cities today are outpacing the innovative solutions to address them. Furthermore, traditional models of economic and community development are proving insufficient in today’s climate. We are in need of catalytic environments that inspire a new breed of entrepreneurial change-makers while strengthening and accelerating the impact of their ideas. 

Steve Case to Tour Raleigh-Durham + New Orleans on Rise of the Rest Bus Tour

The Case Foundation

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This May entrepreneur and iconic tech pioneer Steve Case will hit the road for the third installment of the “Rise of the Rest” bus tour, with stops in Raleigh-Durham and New Orleans. Case will invest $100,000 in two local startups during a series of pitch competitions in each city.

Forward Cities IBM Impact Grant at Work in Cleveland

Joyeeta Banerjee & Stephanie Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In 2014, Forward Cities Cleveland was awarded a custom grant from IBM. IBM takes its top talent from their day jobs to leverage their time, talent and treasure to make an impact in the communities they live in and serve.

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Early grassroots efforts to support entrepreneurship in New Orleans post-Katrina grew into an accelerator program working with entrepreneurs creating social and environmental impact called Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. 

City Hall Welcomes ProsperUS Entrepreneurs


Thursday, March 26, 2015

For an emerging entrepreneur trying to start a small business in Detroit, navigating all the regulatory requirements at City Hall can be intimidating. ProsperUS entrepreneurs had the chance to visit the City departments and hear procedures explained in an encouraging way. 

Durham's Code 2040 Winner Announced as City Moves on Diversity Initiative

Aaron Mandel

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Code 2040, with the backing of Google Next Wave, is bringing an amazing position to Durham. It is going to be anchored in the tech-hub, start-up, co-working space powerhouse the American Underground.


VIDEO: Forward Cities New Orleans Convening

In December 2014, Forward Cities held its kick-off convening in New Orleans with business entrepreneurs, social innovators, national organizations, donors and leaders from Cleveland, Detroit and Durham, as well as their counterparts from New Orleans. Over 134 people came together to talk about inclusive innovation, regional economic development and collaboration, biotech research, education reform, urban farming, and neighborhood revitalization strategies, among other things. View this video to check out the highlights from this three-day event!



National Donors

The CASE Foundation Goldman Sachs - 10,000 small businesses The Aspen Institute IBM

New Orleans Donors

Foundation for the Mid South BCBS of Louisiana Entergy
Ford Foundation Greater New Orleans Foundation

Detroit Donors

New Economy Initiative Marriott Foundation The Skillman Foundation

Cleveland Donors

Cleveland Foundation George Gund Foundation
JP Morgan Chase RPM GAR Foundation The Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Durham Donors

Ropert K. Steel Family Foundation BCBS of North Carolina Triangle Community Foundation

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