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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Mar 30, 2021

Using Statistic Canada's Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), we analyzed business trends throughout the pandemic, such as remote work, online sales, and employment and skills demands
How are Canadian businesses adapting to the Pandemic?

Mar 18, 2021

This report analyzes how gender ownership of a firm impacts its likelihood of becoming a scale-up. These insights are designed to inform policy to support women entrepreneurs.
women entrepreneurs waiting to be helped

Mar 18, 2021

Le présent rapport analyse l’incidence du genre des propriétaires sur la croissance d’une entreprise et sur la probabilité que celle-ci acquière le statut d’entreprise en expansion.
Réduire l’écart: Explorer la relation entre le genre des propriétaires et les expériences de croissance des entreprises canadiennes

Mar 18, 2021

What role does gender play in the process by which firms grow and achieve scale-up status? We set out to understand how growth experiences differ for men and women entrepreneurs.
The scale-up challenge for women entrepreneurs
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