Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

This work stream seeks to study, monitor and evaluate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem across Canada to better understand the areas of growth and opportunity.
Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Thom Sevalrud / Brookfield Institute

About the Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work Stream

Our work tracks innovation economy trends and entrepreneurial activity and improves understanding of the experiences, success factors and barriers impacting Canada’s entrepreneurs, as well as the tools and resources they need to succeed — regardless of their region or background.

Our innovation-driven economy demands a steady stream of entrepreneurial talent to identify opportunities, take risks, innovate and contribute to growth. However, to achieve success, entrepreneurs require a complex ecosystem including customers, risk capital and a favourable policy environment.

Canada needs better information on its entrepreneurs, the ecosystems in which they operate, and the impact they are having, and it needs evidence-based policies and programs to support them and to broaden access to entrepreneurship opportunities.

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Mar 5, 2020

As part of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), we are exploring the experiences of women entrepreneurs related to high-growth scale-ups.
Scaling Women-Founded Firms: Exploring women entrepreneurs’ high-growth journeys

Feb 13, 2020

Opinion: Smart policy could be the key to ensuring that Canada is poised to capture the highs and mitigate the lows of the innovation economy. This op-ed was originally published by The Hill Times
The future is here, but is Canada ready to take advantage of it?

Sep 26, 2019

How might we better empower women entrepreneurs? This blog explores what we’ve learned through our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs co-designed call for proposals
Five things we learned about how we might better empower women entrepreneurs

Jul 10, 2019

Learn more about HELM, one of the three recipients funded as part of our Empowering Women Entrepreneurs project. HELM connects mom-entrepreneurs to childcare so that they can work on their businesses.
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Spotlight: Childcare support pilot for women entrepreneurs
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