Issue 18: November/December 2015
Image: Entrepreneurship is the "career" of the future, and Ryerson is well-equipped to lead the charge in educating our future entrepreneurial innovators. Photo credit: Clifton Li.
This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.
Entrepreneurship is the “career” of the future, and Ryerson is well-equipped to lead the charge in educating our future entrepreneurial innovators.
Our zones and incubators are some of the best that the post-secondary world has to offer. The DMZ was ranked the top of its kind in North America by UBI Global, the Stockholm-based research organization that specializes in benchmarking incubation programs. Since its inception in 2010, the DMZ has launched more than 200 start-ups, establishing Ryerson as a Canadian leader in the shaping the digital economy. Through the zones, students meet other students across disciplines who share their entrepreneurial drive and passion, and faculty who can help them forge their path. With the help of both provincial and federal governments as well as private sector partners, Ryerson is expanding its network of incubators and innovation centres across the province, the country and around the world. Ryerson received $13 million from the Brookfield Partners Foundation to create the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. With the support of $10.7 million from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP), Ryerson is currently leading a partnership with Simon Fraser University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to establish an expansive technology, start-up, and job-creation ecosystem across the country with international connections – the newly named Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC). Not only is Ryerson Futures helping to fill financing and support gaps, but Ryerson is also partnering with investors around the world to help grow Canadian companies.
Ryerson is widely recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship education, with the largest program in the country. Ryerson’s Entrepreneurship Research Institute (ERI) is spearheading new research into entrepreneurial opportunities to look at how they can be encouraged. In addition to examining diversity, social entrepreneurship, and innovative training programs, Ryerson’s researchers are part of the world’s largest study of transnational entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), acting as GEM’s lead for research in Ontario.
In anticipation of the release of Ryerson’s annual GEM Ontario 2014 report — which examines the state of entrepreneurship in Ontario, with Charles Davis in the Faculty of Communications and Design, and Neil Wolff, Dave Valliere and Howard Lin in the Ted Rogers School of Management collecting and analyzing data — we can examine some of the key findings. In 2014, a total of 2,479 Canadians were surveyed, including 759 in Ontario. The general survey of individuals is supplemented by an expert panel which assesses broad conditions shaping entrepreneurship including financing, policies, education and more. The principal findings of this year’s survey reinforce that, while Ontario remains a good place for entrepreneurs, more can be done to support growth and innovation among small and medium enterprises. Several key findings from this year’s GEM survey also reinforce Ryerson’s strategy to drive entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development:
The results of the GEM research for Ontario illustrates the evidence-based approach Ryerson is taking to advancing entrepreneurship and innovation. Whether through finding new ways to produce entrepreneurs or by creating the means to improve communities around them and abroad, Ryerson faculty are in the business of “doing”, and that is what being an entrepreneur is all about. This newsletter will highlight a few examples.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 6:00pm-8:30pm
Sears Atrium, George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre, 245 Church Street, Toronto, ON
Join us for a celebration of social innovation. Ryerson University together with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and Ashoka U are hosting a reception for changemakers. Students, alumni and faculty will be showcasing changemaking ideas in a series of short, visual presentations that you won’t want to miss.
Friday, November 27 - Sunday, November 29, 2015
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre,
30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON
SportsHack 2015 invites developers in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax to a 48-hour hackathon from November 27-29, 2015. Teams will use big data to develop real world technologies in a competition for the opportunity to work with the CFL and mentors to bring their ideas to market.