Over the past week, Canadian government officials and the startup community have been working to strengthen ties with innovation hubs and convince the world to invest in Canada’s tech ecosystem. Here’s a roundup on a busy week including meet-and-greets and memorandums.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are spending the week in Canada visiting innovation hubs and listening in on panels tackling topics like medtech, oil and gas, and diversity in the Canadian innovation ecosystem — and looking at ways that Norway and Canada can work more closely together.
During their stop at the MaRS Discovery District yesterday, Oslo Medtech, a healthtech cluster, and MaRS signed a collaborative agreement meant to help Canadian medical innovators explore market opportunities in Norway, and vice versa.
“It’s not every day you get the chance to sit down with monarchs and share dialogue around innovation and collaboration. Taking part in a roundtable discussion with the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway offered a unique opportunity to talk about larger topics of community building and the importance of support networks for entrepreneurs,” said DMZ community engagement lead Danielle Smith. Smith sat on a panel about emerging startup communities across the world, and how hubs like the DMZ support them.
“I’m certain their visit will uncover even more similarities between Norway and Canada in terms of our entrepreneurial ambition and potential, especially in the fields of medtech and social innovation. We’ll definitely be exploring a range of opportunities for our startup ecosystems to collaborate and exchange resources going forward.”
Five Norwegian medtech companies also arrived in Toronto to explore Canadian market opportunities through a workshop program delivered by MaRS. During the visit, the royals had the chance to meet medtech startups like Bresotec, Myndtec, and Synaptive Medical.