Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Our mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents.
In order to thoughtfully execute on our mission, we rely on our Research & Advisory practice to guide us. ICIC’s research on inner city economic development is grounded in economic theory and informed by our real-world advisory and programmatic experience. Our research agenda over the past two decades has positioned our organization as the leading and most trusted resource on inner city economies.
ICIC is deeply committed to recognizing the successes of growing entrepreneurs in diverse communities and encouraging their sustained growth through our various Urban Business Initiatives. Currently we host the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), the Inner City 100, Santander's Cultivate Small Business and Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses programs. As a graduate of any of these initiatives, participants progress into our Inner City Alumni Network, where they will have continued access to our growing network of alumni, a database of relevant educational content, and exclusive ICIC opportunities.
Your support will allow us to continue the work we do, so that we can work together to bring inclusive prosperity to small business ecosystems across the United States. Consider donating today!