Dr. Ellen Farrell releases research findings on Atlantic entrepreneurial ecosystem

By Maroon & White | fall 2019

A major research project led by Saint Mary’s University suggests Atlantic Canadian startup businesses need to look further afield for innovation, information and funding. A three-year, $210,000 research project exploring the startup community in Atlantic Canada has delivered its final report. The research shows that while the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is highly interconnected, companies can achieve greater benefit by reaching out globally for information on technology and product solutions. By relying more on “weak ties” or relationships outside of the Atlantic region or Canada, the Atlantic entrepreneurial ecosystem can improve innovation and results. The research also suggests firms explore venture capital availability outside of the Atlantic region.

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