Leading jurisdictions around the world are investing in a variety of models to build globally competitive companies from their science and technology assets.
In 2000, private and public sector leaders came together to create MaRS, a non-profit innovation hub that connects the worlds of science, business and capital with the goal of dramatically improving commercial outcomes.
Located in Toronto’s Discovery District, the MaRS Centre is the gateway to Canada’s largest concentration of scientific research, anchored by major teaching hospitals, the University of Toronto and more than two dozen affiliated research institutes.
Fast forward to 2009 – four years after MaRS opened the doors on its 700,000 sq. ft. complex – and the innovation engine is humming:
More than 2,000 people come to work at the MaRS Centre’s three linked buildings in a mix of research labs, companies of all sizes and professional service providers. Thousands more attend workshops, meetings, conferences and exhibits at the Centre.
Incubator space for emerging companies remains in high demand with a growing list of tenant prospects.
The MaRS team is providing high quality market research and extensive advisory and mentorship services to Ontario-wide entrepreneurs across all sectors, including Information and Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Environmental and Energy Technologies.
The MaRS team also designs and delivers programming for thousands of entrepreneurs through MaRS-branded offerings, including CIBC presents Entrepreneurship 101, Experience!Tech and Peer to Peer Events.