The City of Cambridge is surveying local innovators to find out why they located their fledgeling businesses in the city.
The City of Cambridge is surveying local innovators to find out why they located their fledgeling businesses in the city.

What makes startups choose Cambridge? And what can the city do to recruit even more founders to settle in to the city?

The City of Cambridge wants to know, and has put out a 10-question survey asking local innovators to share why they located their businesses in Cambridge. The survey was is being conducted by the Cambridge Community Development Department.

Cambridge has long been home to a number of entrepreneurial ventures, a trend that has become increasingly high-profile over the last few years. Patrick J. Sweeney II, founder of social marketing startup dwinQ, wrote that Cambridge is now the “hottest place for start-ups in the country” in an Op-Ed blog post for CNBC last summer. Paul Graham, entrepreneur and founder of startup accelerator YCombinator, wrote that “Cambridge has the oldest town plan in America, but it feels young because it’s full of students,” and that youthful vibe is essential for a strong startup culture.

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What draws you to Cambridge for a startup — or what has driven you away? Take the survey, and then let us know at Hive@Boston.com, or leave your thoughts in the comments.

Hat tip to Pardis Saffari.