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We Still Need a Startup Nation Movement

A recent blog by Dan Isenberg from Babson College argues that there has been too much focus on startups around the world and that “infinitely more important is to embed scale-up.” Of course, Dan has a point in that I frequently hear leaders outside the United States lament their lack of billion dollars firms, but I think we are far from the point when we can stop advocating for better support for new starts. Not only is most of the world still focused on size not age of firms—talking “SMEs”—but we still do not know enough about the science of startups and how to best support those that want to scale. As with kids—to play along with Isenberg’s analogy—we have to help firms start better if they are to scale later in life and now is not the time to pull back the throttle on legitimizing founders and startups as a centrepiece of that economy policy.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 03, 2012
Category:  Global 
Canada, Singapore Top Global Innovation Policy Index

In the midst of intense global competition for innovation supremacy among countries, Canada and Singapore are a half-step ahead of the pack, according to the latest Global Innovation Policy Index.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 19, 2012
Category:  Global 
Waterloo’s Competitive Advantage for Incubating Startup Communities in Canada

When the Global Entrepreneurship Congress convenes in Liverpool next week, one of the largest delegations will come from Canada. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour one of Canada’s best startup cities—Waterloo—which offered some useful insights for the global entrepreneurship community.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 05, 2012
Category:  Global 
Canada on the Rise

According to a recent index released by Forbes, many policy changes have made Canada the best country for business. The index evaluates countries on property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. Canada jumped three spots from the 2010 survey, getting high marks for Personal Freedom (#1), Red Tape (#3), Investor Protection (#5) and Trade Freedom (#7). It also had a noticeable improvement in its tax ranking—thanks largely to a “Harmonized Sales Tax” and reduced corporate and employee tax rates. Is this resulting in a better climate for Startups?

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 28, 2011
Category:  Global 
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