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Urban Scholar Spotlight: Muanya Onyiuke

Urban Scholar Spotlight: Muanya Onyiuke

Muanya Onyiuke was the Innovation Team’s Urban Scholar this summer. Urban Scholars is a leadership and professional development internship program providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. Focused on essential leadership skills and creating resume-building career pathways, Urban Scholars is training the next generation of leaders. Learn more about the Minneapolis Urban Scholars […]

Introducing Our Urban Scholar!

Introducing Our Urban Scholar!

Anna Fineanganofo is an Urban Scholar intern on the Innovation Team this summer. Urban Scholars is a leadership and professional development internship program providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. Focused on essential leadership skills and creating resume-building career pathways, Urban Scholars is training the next generation of leaders. Learn […]

Gaps in the Capital Ecosystem

Gaps in the Capital Ecosystem

If you’ve ever started a business, or spent time with entrepreneurs, one topic will inevitably come up when talking about the challenges of starting a business: access to capital. In March, the Innovation Team brought together City staff, entrepreneurs, technical assistance providers, and lenders to brainstorm how the City of Minneapolis could address gaps facing […]

Evaluating the City’s B-TAP Program

Evaluating the City’s B-TAP Program

“They can reach resources that I couldn’t access or had no knowledge of…I’m learning a lot, I’m getting the tools and knowledge I need to succeed. They’re very hands-on, I can go to them with any question and if they don’t know they’ll direct me to the person with the answer.” ― B-TAP Client, 2016 […]

Community Synthesis Event

Community Synthesis Event

A major milestone in our team’s equitable business development work was our community synthesis event. At this gathering, we invited back all 100+ people we had interviewed to that point, and asked them to wade into our data with us to identify themes with which to move forward. Collaborative Data Analysis Because our team of […]

Mapping our Commercial Corridors

Mapping our Commercial Corridors

When we began working on our equitable business development priority, we discovered that there was no comprehensive inventory of businesses along major commercial streets in Minneapolis. We knew this information would be useful to us for understanding the landscape of businesses in the city: where are there more or less vacancies? What kinds of businesses […]