Canadian Ecosystem Gathering

July 12, Montreal, Canada

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This afternoon event at Startupfest offers Canadian innovation ecosystem leaders a space to share best practices that favour collaboration.

This workshop is for:

  • Community builders;
  • Universities;
  • Governments;
  • Economic development officials.

What we’ll talk about:

  • What are the main challenges Canadian innovation ecosystems are facing? Would a better collaboration between communities be a solution for some of these challenges?
  • What are some examples of great partnerships between innovation ecosystems across Canada? What are the criteria for success? How can these be replicated?
  • What are the concrete actions that we can take in order to facilitate collaboration between innovation ecosystems across Canada?


2:30PM – 2:40PMIntroductory remarks and context by Startup Canada, Bonjour Startup Montréal and Mangrove
2:40PM – 3:00PMPart 1- Panel : What does great collaboration look like?
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Discussion between Canadian ecosystem leaders in collaboration mode:
Representatives from Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, PEI
3:00PM – 3:40PMPart 2- Discussion groups
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The following subjects will be discussed:
●      What are the challenges that Canadian innovation ecosystems face that could be solved by collaboration between them?
●      What are some examples of great collaboration across Canadian ecosystems?
●      What are concrete actions that we can take in order to facilitate collaborations between innovation ecosystems across Canada?
3:40PM – 4:00PMPart 3 – Summary of each table’s propositions
4:00PM – 4:05PMPart 4 – Closing remarks
4:05PM – 4:30PMPart 5 – Networking

Possible impacts of stronger collaboration between Canadian innovation ecosystems:

  • Greater knowledge of the Canadian market and the opportunities for Canadian startups;
  • Better mobility of businesses across Canada;
  • Access to diversified options of incubation and acceleration programs;
  • Funding opportunities;
  • Further attraction of international talent;
  • Further attraction of investments;
  • Increase of interprovincial GDP importance in the Canadian GDP.

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