ID# 20-2039 Location: Edmonton, AB
Edmonton has a tremendous opportunity to continue to build on the strengths of an active and creative entrepreneurship ecosystem. Innovate Edmonton is a new, non-profit organization with the primary purpose of championing innovation in Edmonton to drive a diverse, resilient, and creative economy in the city. Now, more than ever, innovation will be an important part of Edmonton’s future economy. The entity will encourage and support local innovators by providing programs and funding to support startups and scale-up companies. The organization will ensure a rich ecosystem which supports entrepreneurial experimentation and creation of companies. The entity will capitalize on and work with post-secondary institutions and technology entities to create an environment for mentorship, investment, and risk-taking.
The City of Edmonton is seeking to establish a Board for this entity. Board members will serve as ambassadors for the city’s innovation ecosystem and contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. They will promote Edmonton’s innovation strengths locally, nationally and internationally and connect the organization’s leadership with their extensive networks of innovation leaders. The organization will be funded by the City of Edmonton.
The establishment of this entity aligns with Administration’s COVID strategy to Respond, Recover, and Reimagine. As part of the Reimagine strategy, the entity will work with other technology entities and stakeholders to coordinate programs and start new initiatives that will help increase the number of startups in Edmonton.
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