MaRS Global Leadership - Innovating Innovation: How MaRS combines business, tech and social innovation for greater impact
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Innovation is no longer the domain of a few. Given the acceleration of change and global pressures today, progress calls for new partnerships. These must draw on both deep domain expertise and entrepreneurial drive, and involve all sectors—government, science, academe, industry and community—collaborating together in new and open ways. But success requires new policies and approaches that propel a re-tooled, expanded and networked innovation ecosystem and culture. Critical components include a vibrant risk capital marketplace, innovation labs and hubs, co-working spaces, as well as mentorship, connections and talent that can build strong enterprises in this fast-changing environment.
Social innovation is a vital complement to business-oriented, science and technology, R&D innovation. MaRS realized this in its early days by combining social and economic success measures in its mission statement. This blended-value mission sets MaRS apart from most traditional tech-focused innovation hubs across the world.
Who better to explain this approach in action, than the CEO of MaRS, Dr. Ilse Treurnicht. Ilse has led MaRS’ innovation agenda since the Centre opened in 2005. Now, as MaRS prepares to expand its physical footprint and dramatically scale its reach, hear Ilse speak on how positive social and economic impact will be achieved by developing a convergence innovation approach.
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MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.
MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.
Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.
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