This is the fourth post in our multi-part series “Global Insights on Chicago’s Tech Sphere” detailing the experiences of our Professional Fellows from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia as they discover more about Chicago’s thriving innovation community, and how it compares to their home countries.
Part 4: Intersectorial Collaboration — Key to Success
By Ada Lipovaca, Bosnia & Herzegovina
When thinking about Chicago, it is the best place you can go to feel the collaboration between education, innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Chicago’s strong sense for their community created a strong network of technology world accessible to everyone and very motivating. There are more hubs, accelerators, and incubators than I could have imagined, which help businesses to grow and which represent the engine of innovation. They collaborate in order to enhance the ecosystem from which they all live and from which we can learn. Co-sharing a space is not about sharing the infrastructure; it is about bringing people from the same sectors together and sharing the network, the vision, and the inspiration which drives success. Enabling joint work of the academic, business, and technology communities represents the combination of existing knowledge and results in strong community perfect for innovative startups.
As technology is part of everything nowadays, this collaboration brings improvement in not only the technology sector, but in every sector that is part of our everyday life. This makes quality of life better and leads to growth. I saw 1871 and 2112 and felt an incredible energy of collaborative space which I have to try to build in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Ada Lipovaca is Manager of Section for Strategic Planning, Development, & Implementation of Projects, Development Agency of the Una-Sana Canton in Bihac, Bosnia & Herzegovina. She completed her fellowship with i.c.stars.