I sea so much opportunity in this region…

Understanding the Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

My quest to talk with every entrepreneur in this incredible region

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Entrevestor, a blog that reports on startups and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada. The piece was about my upcoming trip to China to take part in the G20 Summit as a delegate in the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. There are 35 delegates representing Canada at the Summit this year, and four of us are from Atlantic Canada.

My main goal leading up to the Summit is to talk with as many Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs as possible to get a broader understanding of both the challenges and opportunities that they face. I want to ensure that I represent the collective voice of young Canadians as best possible and bring forward the issues that you care about the most.

Thanks to the team at Engage NS for organizing such a fantastic event! We had Nova Scotian’s come together from all walks of life and it was a truly eye-opening experience.

Preparation

In preparation for the G20 I have been talking with young entrepreneurs over coffee and on the phone, attending awesome events like Engage NS’s Speaking Up Session, and Fusion Halifax’s “Little Easy” launch event. I will continue to talk to as many people as possible leading up to my departure and have come up with a few ways to do this:

Community Engagement Session

I’m hosting a community engagement session prior to my departure at the Halifax Central Library in Room 301A. It will be a two-hour event on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:00pm — 8:00pm. Light refreshments will be available. There will be an open dialogue about opportunities and challenges that young entrepreneurs face in the region!

More event info here!

Survey

I’ve also created a quick survey to get feedback from folks who may not be able to make it into Halifax for this event. It’s super quick to fill out and will help me best represent our regions young entrepreneurs.

Fill out the survey here!

Email /Coffee Meeting / Patio Beer / Phone Call / Skype Sesh / Carrier Pigeon…

I understand that entrepreneurs are busy. Trust me, I get it. So I don’t expect to have a two-hour coffee meeting with everyone (although that would be pretty awesome). I am as flexible as possible when it comes to making time work for you, I am happy to get creative in order to receive your feedback and appreciate any time you are willing to share with me. I can be easily reached via email at emilymiller386@gmail.com or Twitter @EmilyMillerHFX.

Thank you!

Special thanks to some of the fantastic entrepreneurs that have lent me their time and shared their stories! I’ve been lucky enough to chat with entrepreneurs from across the region- all the way from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Sydney, Nova Scotia and am constantly blown away by the work everyone is doing and commitment to their community that they show.

Thanks to all the buoys and gulls that have given me feedback.

About the G20 YEA

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) is a global network of young entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them. It was established to convene each year in advance of the G-20 Summit, with the aim of championing the importance of young entrepreneurs to the G20 member nations and to share examples and practices.

For more info check out the website here: www.g20yea.com


About Emily

Emily is a member of the inaugural Venture for Canada Fellowship class through which she is working as the Customer Success Manager at the Halifax based startup LeadSift. She is a 2014 graduate of St. Francis Xavier University where she earned a Double Major in Development Studies and Political Science. Since graduation she has worked in New Delhi, India at a startup NGO through Canada World Youth’s Global Leader program. She then interned with The Clinton Foundation’s international office in New York City. These experiences shape Emily’s mindset as she applies a global lens when tackling local issues. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Hub, a 21 Inc. Alumni and a G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Canadian Delegate.

For more info about Emily check out her website here: www.emilysusanmiller.com

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