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Energy Futures Network's Inspired Conversation: Alberta's Innovation Ecosys...
Wed, 22 March 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM MDT
Good morning Energy Futures Network!
Please join us for this month's Inspired Conversation Alberta’s Innovation Ecosystem – Fact or Fiction? with Lead Provocateurs Bob Mitchell and Simon Knight. Please see below, an introduction for this Topic:
'Being an entrepreneur is not easy at the best of times. The risks are high and the rewards are very uncertain. Our ecosystem that builds the next great company needs some serious work. An ecosystem is defined as a complex network or interconnected system. It has been used as a descriptor for Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Alberta’s “ecosystem” is uneven, disconnected, and confusing to anyone new to the system. In addition, the focus is all on the research and development up to full commercialization. There is little or no support to market our products to compete nationally or internationally. Let’s talk about how we can fix that so that Alberta can become the next Singapore, Israel, or Silicon Valley.
We must remember that having the component parts of an “innovation ecosystem” is not sufficient on its own, the right mindset and culture is equally, or perhaps more, important. We must be ready to fail and move on. Canada is very risk averse and we are quick to point out someone’s failure. We should reward daring to dream, daring to try, perseverance and dedication. Those are the qualities that engender success.
The Provocateurs will cover:
What characterizes an “ecosystem”? What is “innovation”?
So then, what would you expect to see in an “innovation ecosystem”?
What parts of an “innovation ecosystem” do we see in Alberta (focusing on energy and clean tech sectors)? Are those parts connected in an “ecosystemic” way?'
When you have a minute, please register or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For those who are new to the Inspired Covnersation dinner & dialogues, the cost is ~$45.00, that includes a specially prepared Thai dinner, drinks, dessert & gratuity.