The US has a new innovation strategy - but where's Canada?
Peter Jones, one of my teachers at OCAD, alerted us today to a new innovation strategy just announced for the U.S. by President Obama. From the press release:
The mission of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to unleash and maximize the economic potential of new ideas by removing barriers to entrepreneurship and the development of high-growth and innovation-based businesses. The office will report directly to Locke and focus specifically on identifying issues and programs most important to entrepreneurs. Working closely with the White House and other federal agencies, this new office will drive policies that help entrepreneurs translate new ideas, products and services into economic growth. The office will focus on the following areas:
* Encouraging Entrepreneurs through Education, Training, and Mentoring
* Improving Access to Capital
* Accelerating Technology Commercialization of Federal R&D
* Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Coordination
* Providing Data, Research, and Technical Resources for Entrepreneurs
* Exploring Policy Incentives to Support Entrepreneurs and Investors
Not very many years ago, Canada's federal government was funding foresight exercises into subjects such as the future of health care and national security. Under the conservatives, these initiatives have dried up (along with so much else). Where's Canada in the new economy of the 21st century?