Got clever ideas for Canada’s innovation agenda? Share them on July 29!

ISED_Innovation-Webbutton-Can-360x203-ENThe federal government has made innovation a key policy plank of their current mandate. As part of its push to make Canada a global centre for innovation, the government wants to hear your ideas on how to best accomplish this.

You can participate in a live Twitter Q & A on Friday, July 29, from 3:00pm to 3:45pm (EST). Follow the conversation using the hashtag #AskBains, which refers to federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains).

You can also use #CdnInnovation to circulate your ideas on Twitter. There’s even downloadable promotional images the government created, encouraging you to use them on your company website (the code is also available).

An interactive website is available to take your suggestions and proposals to breathe life into the concept of innovation. The government is focused on six specific areas:

  • Entrepreneurial and creative society
  • Global science and excellence
  • World-leading clusters and partnerships
  • Grow companies and accelerate clean growth
  • Compete in a digital world
  • Ease of doing business

The ultimate goal is to capture fresh ideas to develop an action plan that makes innovation a national priority. The government plans to review all submissions at the end of the summer and put them to use in its action plan.

Chances are pretty good that you are already well-versed in the concept of innovation, since you’re in the start-up space. It’s a natural fit and a direct line from innovation to start-up and beyond.

If anyone knows innovation, it’s the nation’s small- and medium-sized businesses, so be sure to demonstrate your creative chops and make a lasting contribution to this important national goal.

Stay tuned to MyStartUp and CFIB this fall for a full report on innovation and small businesses. It promises insight and direction on the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada.

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