Greater Copenhagen – Innovation Districts

Collaboration and promotion of innovation districts


Cities and urban areas are increasingly creating a profile, brand and strategy for urban development in order to stay competive and attract investments. This profile is often achored by a knowledge institution, such as a university or organisation. In the efforts to create a strong brand for the city, local actors and collaborations are nutured across industries and sectors to drive innovation and growth.


In order to foster growth and collaboration, Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge is now collaborating with other areas in Greater Copenhagen. Together the partners will work to promote the innovation districts in Greater Copenhagen, exchange knowledge and experience as well as inspire one another in the efforts to attract talents, researchers, investments and international knowledge- and research-intensive organisations.

’Innovation Districts’

Stakeholders in and around science and research environments in Greater Copenhagen are working towards the further development of an attractive and business-friendly knowledge-intensive environment inspired by work done Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner regarding ‘innovation districts’. Innovation districts are geographical areas where leading knowledge institutions and businesses are located alongside start-ups, incubators and accelerators. These areas also have good infrastructure and offer facilities for housing, offices and retail. The innovation districts illustrate a change in the location preferences of people and businesses, and a rethinking of the relationship between economic development, urban development and cross-industry networks.


Project partners

Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge | Frederiksberg Science City | Copenhagen Science City | Ørestad Innovation City Copenhagen | BLOXHUB

Film: From The Metropolitan Revolution iPad app, which accompanies the new book by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. Video narrated by Bruce Katz.

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