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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Aug 21, 2020

Artists and creative businesses took a hard, direct hit from the pandemic. This article explores the state of creative work and entrepreneurship in the era of physical distancing.
Abstract illustration of creative items including theatre mask, video game controller.

May 20, 2020

Employment data from March and April highlight the economic disruption created by COVID-19, in particular for small businesses and those not working in the knowledge economy.
A Small Business Crisis: April Labour Force Survey numbers

May 7, 2020

Larger firms have responded differently to COVID-19 compared to smaller firms, being able to retain more workers initially. However, without targeted support aimed at them, that may soon change.
COVID-19 and Joblessness in Canada: A firm perspective

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
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