Startup Canada Lays Groundwork for National Entrepreneurship Strategy

Today Startup Canada unveiled their national action plan to drive economic development, job creation and innovation from coast to coast.

The three-part plan is intended to make Canada one of the world’s top entrepreneurial economies, in which job creation and economic growth spring from innovative entrepreneurs powered by supportive local communities and financial networks.

The new action plan grew out of Startup Canada’s 2012 national tour, the most extensive consultation process ever carried out with Canada’s entrepreneurial community.

Startup Canada’s Action Plan comprises three national initiatives that will be financed through sponsorship dollars and crowd-­funding campaigns targeting entrepreneurial Canadians from coast to coast:

Startup Canada Connect: A free, highly social online meeting place that will connect and support Canadian entrepreneurs from coast to coast with the tools and resources needed to build more successful businesses.

Startup Canada Communities: A national entrepreneurial strategy must be founded on vibrant local communities led by existing entrepreneurial champions. Building on the network created through its 40-­city national tour, Startup Canada will encourage development of strong local networks that will create the conditions for entrepreneurial growth and success locally and nationally.

Startup Canada Campaign: Entrepreneurs across the country have told Startup Canada they need more role models – more access to stories of successful Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs. Startup Canada will lever mainstream media, social media and key national institutions to tell and celebrate the stories of Canadian entrepreneurs, providing authentic case studies to inspire and motivate new generations of startups.

“Startup Canada’s planning phase has received unprecedented support from entrepreneurs, sponsors and business-­‐development organizations across the country,” said Startup Canada CEO Victoria Lennox. “We intend to sustain this momentum and create a stronger entrepreneurial economy, to create better jobs and increased prosperity for all Canadians.”

6 months, 40 cities, 200 events, 300 partners, and 50,000 Canadians later, what do you think of Startup Canada’s plan?