Innovate Edmonton commits to ongoing efforts to listen, learn, and act to build a diverse and welcoming innovation community. We will ensure our governance, programming, approach, interactions, management, impact and strategy are empowering for all and draws on the strengths of many voices and ideas.
Last year, Startup Edmonton hosted a roundtable with Indigenous leaders from various communities to engage on issues of inequality in the entrepreneurship journey. This was an important discussion which resulted in 18 recommendations for how to support Indigenous innovation in Edmonton.
We also held a similar roundtable with Black leaders. This discussion resulted in the creation of Foundations for Black Founders, a program that focuses on business ideation and customer validation with mentorship and stories from successful Black founders.