European Startup Initiative
Natalie Novick is an urban sociologist and PhD candidate at the University of California, San Diego. She is also the Research Director for the European Startup Initiative (ESI), a non profit project that works to develop understanding between municipalities and their startup ecosystems. The ESI also develops the Startup Heatmap, a large scale survey project examining the destinations of European entrpereneurs. For her own research, she has been conducting fieldwork speaking with entrepreneurs and community builders for the project: The Startup City: The meaning of place in Digital Europe. Natalie’s research examines the spaces and places of Europe’s entrepreneurship landscape, and the culture and motivations of the entrepreneurs that inhabit them. Her areas of expertise include international labor migration, entrepreneurship and the intersection between new technology and policymaking in the United States and in the EU. Natalie holds a M.Sc. in Comparative European Politics with Distinction from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA in Sociology from UC San Diego. She has a broad policy background, and prior to her academic work, she worked in legislative affairs in Arizona and Washington, DC.