John de la Mothe Memorial Lecture 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Why Are Some Places More Entrepreneurial Than Others? An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Perspective

Colin Mason, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Adam Smith Business School

University of Glasgow, Scotland

As the recently deceased geographer Doreen Massey once observed, economic activity does not happen on the head of a pin, but in real places. Economic activity has a geography – one that is highly uneven, promoting Richard Florida in a challenge to the ‘flat world thesis’ to observe that the global economy “is spiky”. This is particularly evident in the case of entrepreneurial activity, with start-ups, scale-ups and venture capital activity all exhibiting substantial geographical variations. Efforts to explain this clustering of economic activity have drawn upon a variety of theories, notably agglomeration economies, industrial districts, networks, learning regions and regional innovation systems. Entrepreneurial ecosystems is the most recent attempt to explain the concentration of entrepreneurial activity in specific locations. This lecture will start by defining  entrepreneurial ecosystems, then will consider the distinctiveness of the entrepreneurial ecosystems perspective, how they emerge and grow and finally how they are thought to promote entrepreneurial activity, drawing upon evidence from Ottawa and Atlantic Canada.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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Friday, April 20, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

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About the Speaker

Colin Mason is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. He previously held a Chair in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde and before that was at the University of Southampton. He has held visiting positions at universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. His research and teaching is in the area of entrepreneurship and regional development. His main areas of interest are entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has written extensively on business angel investing and has been closely involved with government and private sector initiatives to promote business angel investment, both in the UK and elsewhere. He is author of NACO’s annual investment activity reports. He was joint winner of the ESRC’s 2015 Outstanding Impact in Business award for his research with Prof Richard Harrison on business angels. His research on entrepreneurial ecosystems has included studies of Ottawa (pre- and post-dotcom boom) and Atlantic Canada. He is also co-author of a highly cited OECD publication on entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is the founding editor of the journal Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (published by Taylor and Francis Ltd).

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