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Breakthrough Cities Workshop: Can business solve the world’s biggest problems?

Event : 25 September 2018

In 2017 Exeter was named as one the of the fastest growing cities in the UK, as well as our roads being named among the slowest moving. Congestion is costing Exeter an estimated £63 million per year. Its impacts, however, stretch far beyond economic impact.

The Greater Exeter region is set to deliver up to 50,000 houses over the next 20 years with its new strategic plan. Based on current trends, this new housing will add huge strain to Exeter’s existing road infrastructure and, unless solutions are found, will bring increased pressure on affordable housing, employment, the environment and our transport network.

Over the last two years Exeter City Futures has been working to co-create solutions to the city’s transport challenges, and is excited to be collaborating with Volans, Innovate UK and The University of Exeter on this half-day workshop.

This workshop will bring together innovative SMEs, local Government, and other stakeholders working to improve urban mobility in Exeter. Run by leading innovation and sustainability change agency, Volans, we’ll look back at the strategies employed to date, and explore the use of business model principles for creating and scaling urban mobility solutions going forward. We want you to leave with new insights and connections for collaborative urban action in Exeter.

In cities, the challenges around mobility are typically amplified, and the cause and impacts are systemic, touching across the local economy, environment and the wellbeing and health of citizens. Collaborative business models that take into account this complexity are required to create effective solutions that also create value for citizens, businesses as well as local government and public services.

The vision of Exeter City Futures is to help the Exeter live better by bringing together local government, private sector and communities to jointly solve the big transport challenges facing our city. By coordinating a range of innovation and data programmes Exeter City Futures is co-creating solutions that meet the needs of the City and inspiring action that contributes towards sustainable change.

A new partnership between Exeter City Futures, Innovate UK, the University of Exeter Business School and London-based innovation and sustainability change agency, Volans will explore the mindsets, business models and technologies need to unlock opportunities for healthy, inclusive and sustainable cities of the future.

 

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