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Next Practice: The death of distance? How entrepreneurs leverage innovation ecosystems?

The Death of Distance? How entrepreneurs leverage innovation ecosystems

As recently as a decade a go, the ‘Death of Distance’ was a widely coined phrase. The future of innovation was a world where ideas would spark and innovations arising from a globally interconnected world where people could contribute to innovation from wherever they were. An ultra-fast internet connection would suffice for tapping into global communities of scientific, creative and engineering talent. Global connectedness has been valuable for innovation, but the death of distance has not materialised. Location, in addition to connection, is as important as ever for business competitiveness.

Join our May Next Practice event in our White City Incubator to debate the motion that in the new era of innovation, it is the location in and connectedness to ecosystems of science, creative industries and technology that matter most. Global research universities such as Imperial College London have a central role in building the ecosystems of tomorrow, by making discoveries, educating leaders and developing innovations that benefit society. But who else is fundamental in creating vibrant communities?

Host: Professor Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London


Caroline Makepeace (COO,

Eddie Chau (Entrepreneur in Residence, Imperial Enterprise Lab)

Others TBC

This month’s next practice event will take place at Imperial’s newly-launched incubator at White City. To showcase the space, we are arranging a tour of the new facilities starting before the event. This event is open to anyone to attend. Those interested in the White City Incubator tour, pleases arrive at 6.00pm on the evening of the event.