Innovation Districts/Smart Cities, Thought Leadership, and Business/Economic Development.

Primary Areas of Expertise

Spark Growth consults across three primary areas. Depending on your reference point these may look very similar or completely unrelated.  Our areas of expertise include:

  • Innovation Districts/Smart Cities – development of creative, collaborative places to live, work and play. Innovation Districts are about creating local, self-contained economic development centers. Smart Cities are about building integrated technical systems to monitor and manage the city-wide infrastructure, providing a more pleasant and efficient place for its citizens.
  • Thought Leadership – is expressed by insight gained through a body of work, connected to passion and purpose. We bring together thought leaders to share ideas and work together on innovative solutions to your particular needs.
  • Business/Economic Development – there are many ways to connect people, ideas and capital to create value in the marketplace. Powerful means include fostering entrepreneurial activity such as startups, business incubation, and facilitating international business expansions to the local area via soft landing services.

Sara Hand, Executive Director of Spark Growth, speaks to the importance of collaboration at the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit on the campus of Harvard University. Photo: Griffin Greenberg

With recognized business development, technology and organizational skills, we are certified Business Incubation Managers through the InBIA, and certified practitioners of Strategic Doing, an agile strategies development process supported by the Purdue University Agile Strategies Lab. We’re skilled strategic process facilitators with a wide variety of experience across our three primary areas of work.

Want to hire us or work with us? We’re looking for cool new ideas that make a difference, great people who want to get things done, and awesome partners in a variety of projects. We draw on a talented network of thought leaders and experts to bring high value through strategic innovation, creative problem solving and a strong focus on getting results. Customizing our approach to your specific needs, to your place and culture – we are here to share our experience, create business growth, and make things happen.

Contact us at:, or give us a call: 1-941-877-1599. The experience your organization needs.

Connecting the dots to Spark Growth:

We grow people, businesses and communities.