Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

This work stream maps entrepreneurship, start-up and scale-up activity across Canada to better understand the areas of growth and opportunity, and to inform policies aimed at helping entrepreneurs succeed.
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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Nov 19, 2020

From freelancers to internationally competitive firms, this report explores the state of creative entrepreneurship and its vital role in Canada’s innovation economy.
A Portrait of Creative Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy in Canada

Nov 19, 2020

Des travailleurs autonomes aux entreprises compétitives à l’échelle internationale, le présent rapport explore l’état actuel de l’entrepreneuriat créatif
Portrait des entrepreneurs et de l’entrepreneuriat créatifs au Canada

Oct 27, 2020

An in-depth survey of the experiences of women founders as they scale their companies, revealing divergent pathways to growth and new recommendations for better supporting women-led firms.
Illustration of a woman founder embarking on an entrepreneurial journey with her child.

Oct 27, 2020

Une enquête sur les expériences que vivent les fondatrices lorsqu’elles développent leurs entreprises révèle qu’elles empruntent des voies divergentes vers la croissance
c'est une photo d'une femme entrepreneur et de son enfant
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