By Rick Spence, Financial Post, March 30, 2012
“A new Canadian association championing entrepreneurship began its cross-Canada launch tour last week in Nova Scotia, bringing together entrepreneurs and experts for motivation, mentoring, and exploration of the biggest barriers to business success.
The first leg of Startup Canada’s national tour reached more than 500 entrepreneurs and members of the enterprise support community. It identified several ways to advance entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia, including the need to: provide more support for new entrepreneurs; increase entrepreneurship awareness and experiential learning opportunities for youth; expand peer-mentorship opportunities for entrepreneurs; and develop more virtual and physical locations that encourage entrepreneurial collaboration.
The six-month tour began in Halifax on March 19 with a Town Hall event that attracted more than 100 local entrepreneurs. Their feedback helped Startup Canada organizers see the need for more effective mentorship programs, as well as more collaborative hubs.
From Halifax, the Tour continued to Truro, Antigonish, Yarmouth, Dartmouth and Sydney, where eager entrepreneurs discussed improving the delivery of small-business support services and ways to foster a stronger entrepreneurial culture.
The cumulative feedback from the full tour, which aims to engage 25,000 Canadians, will be used to draft a concrete, community-backed action plan for Startup Canada to take forward and a white paper to be presented to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the fall.”