MIT REAP Team Nova Scotia’s regional focus is on Nova Scotia, Canada. The Team Champion is Dalhousie University with stakeholders from the provincial government and  Build Ventures.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Richard Florizone
Champion
President and Vice Chancellor, Dalhuosie University
Murray Coolican
Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Government
Chris Huskilson
CEO, Emera
Patrick Keefe
General Partner, Build Ventures
John Knubley
Deputy Minister at Industry Canada, Federal Government of Canada
Jeff Larsen
Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University
Jevon MacDonald
CEO, Golnstant
Bernard Miller
Partner, McInnes Cooper
John Risley
CEO, Clearwater
Martha Casey
Chief Staff and Executive Director, Dalhousie

Team Strategy

  • Challenge & Opportunity
  • Strategy & Action
  • Region of focus:
    • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Comparative advantage:
    • Strong ocean, shipping industries as well as rich natural resources
    • Regional center of excellence in education
    • Strong legacy companies and success stories/ entrepreneurial heroes
  • Core Challenges:
    • “CFA” – Come From Away mentality
    • Suspicion of success; fear of failure
    • Over-reliance on public sector support
    • Unclear policy and program landscape
    • Mentorship: limited angels and VCs
    • Lack of startups achieving scale
  • Stakeholder Insight:
    • Champion (University):
      • Richard Florizone – President, Reykjavik University
      • Strong representation from all stakeholder groups – most team members representing corporate and government

Will be updated once the team graduates from the program.

  • REAP Strategy:
    • Focus on ocean industries and clean energy initiatives
  • Key I&E Activities:
    • Build Ventures – venture funding
    • Innovacorp – venture funding
    • Launch Dal and Volta – incubators
    • Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship

Core Regional Metrics

Economic & Social Progress

Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.

Innovation Capacity

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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People

Funding

Infrastructure

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Policy

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Culture & Community

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Demand

Performance

Entrepreneurial Capacity

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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People

Funding

Infrastructure

Coming soon!

Policy

Culture & Community

Coming soon!

Demand

Performance

Team News

August 10, 2016

Dal to lead Nova Scotia team in MIT Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

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September 19, 2016

NowNS: MIT program elite, not elitist

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December 19, 2016

NowNS: Nova Scotia goes to MIT

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March 9, 2017

ONE NS Dashboard

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April 5, 2018

Beyond ‘the next Silicon Valley’: Why many kinds of economic superclusters matter

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