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Why Ontario’s Brand of Social Entrepreneurship Leaves Us All Behind

One Saturday morning last March, on the sprawling, picturesque campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, some 100 Bachelor of Commerce students streamed into Goodes Hall, home base for the School of Business, an academic spawning ground for Canada’s future corporate leaders. Normally, speakers at the business school would talk about such topics as hedge […] More →

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New Kauffman Foundation Report Finds The STEM/TECH Party Is Over?

Why are we surprised when good things come to an end? And can endings really be avoided by directing a disproportionate amount of govt monies on efforts to forestall the end of yet another economic bubble (this time STEM/Hi-Tech driven)?. And does pouring money in to just one horse on the track at the expense […] More →

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How Canadian Bankruptcy Law Kills Entrepreneurial Talent

How does Canadian bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship in this county? Let’s take a close look: On a January Sunday afternoon, 39-year-old Meghan Smith (not her real name), a statuesque blue-eyed blond wearing sneakers and a “No Fear” tee-shirt, stood on the sidewalk outside her retail store watching her life’s work being carted away.  Normally, Local […] More →

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Entrepreneurship: A Disruptive Social and Political Movement (PART II)

Entrepreneurship: A Disruptive Social and Political Movement  (PART II) Over the past 200 years, we have seen many social and political movements fuelled by people negatively affected by economic, power, and social inequality. In the late 1800s, for example, the labour movement was a reaction to the centralization of the control of capital. That was […] More →

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Can Entrepreneurship Be Mined, Codified, and Democratized? And Is This Really What It’s All About? (PART I)

Educational institutions think so. Venture capitalists seeking to mobilize huge amounts of under-invested baby boomer equity hope so. Service providers such as lawyers, consultants, business coaches, and accountants have their revenue targets pinned on it. Indeed, techno-determinists believe the process can be so precisely defined that Artificial Intelligence technology can turn robots into entrepreneurial thinkers. […] More →

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream “I am an Entrepreneur!”

I am not a prescriptivist. So, the fact that the meaning of the words entrepreneur and entrepreneurship have moved beyond their previously generally-understood common uses is not of the greatest concern to me. What does worry me, however, is the fact that the definitions of those terms have become so broad that they no longer […] More →

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Inviting Designers into the Innovation Economy

In an increasingly interdisciplinary world, it’s absolutely vital that we have innovation policies designed to create fertile conditions to win across the board, rather than to play the role of picking sector winners. For example, let’s look at design-centric, maker, and cultural entrepreneurs. Regardless of the industry, most new enterprises eventually need design skills on […] More →

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“F-Corps” Or Why For Profit Social Entrepreneurs in Ontario Should Go Elsewhere

Around the globe, “social enterprise” has become a central part of the business and management lexicon in the last 10 years. Social-enterprise opportunities, both in not-for-profit and for-profit contexts, are seen as ways to advance business as a force for social and environmental good.  This is a good thing. Studies show that CSR efforts by […] More →

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Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship Education In October 2013, I attended a debate held by York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering.  The question was on the provocative motion “Entrepreneurs should give university a miss,” and the debate was moderated by Katty Kay, lead anchor of BBC World America. The outcome: The nays had it. Education IS an important ingredient in […] More →

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Ageism in Innovation Policy

Support for young, aspiring entrepreneurs has never been stronger. This is a good thing for society and innovation.  However, what about older entrepreneurs? And by this I mean anyone over 40. Getting rid of entrenched biases Adeo Ressi, founder of The Founder Institute and Thefunded.com, notes that “age is only one factor among many to predict […] More →