How to build a startup ecosystem with Victoria Lennox from StartUp Canada

On Monday, January 28th, Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder & CEO of Startup Canada shared tips and best practices on how to build startup ecosystems. StartUp Canada is the national rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada's 2.3 million entrepreneurs.

“Building a great startup ecosystem takes a lot of work” admits Victoria Lennox, who has been touring Helsinki and the Baltics.
Victoria sat down with key players of the Aalto Entrepreneurial ecosystem to discuss possible collaboration, share best practices and tips about how to build a startup ecosystem that works for startups.

The main takeaway was that the ecosystem needs to be entrepreneurial-led.”It takes a lot of listening to the startups” says Victoria.”There needs to be a flow of constant events that benefit the entrepreneur. Inclusivity and having a long term vision also plays a big part of building the ecosystem.”

Thank you Victoria Lennox your visited at Aalto Startup Center. We appreciated your experience and amazing stories about Startup Canada.
Come again to Aalto Startup Center!

Present at this meeting was members of Agrid, Startup Sauna, City of Espoo, Espoo Innovation Garden, Launchpad, EIT and ESA BIC Finland.

Victoria Lennox from Startup Canada

3 key actions by  “How to build a startup ecosystem?
1) cultivate community
2) policy & advocacy: lobbying & digital presence
3) attract multinational

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3.million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Startup Canada launched in 2012 in response to the Action Canada Task Force on High Growth Entrepreneurship call for an “independent organisation to serve as the centrepiece for a national strategy to lay the foundations for entrepreneurial in Canada.”

Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,00 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organisations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and goverment programs, Startup Canada serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population.