TEC Edmonton and TusStar Joint Innovation: An Entrepreneurial Match?
In 2017, the successful Canadian innovation center TEC Edmonton initiated a joint venture with TusStar, an important Chinese accelerator, and found itself in the middle of a debate about the challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in Canada's technology sector. Both organizations were unique collaborations among industry, academia, and government. This joint initiative had added significance because of the implications for these stakeholders. The role of government was also significant, especially regarding the role of the Chinese government in innovation. The partnership was also nationally significant because of the important roles TEC Edmonton and TusStar played in the innovation ecosystems in Canada and China. How could TEC Edmonton define its role underpinning its relationship with TusStar and the Chinese government and make a compelling case for this new cooperation to stakeholders in industry, academia, and government? Haibo Hu is affiliated with School of Business Administration, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. Chunbing Mao is affiliated with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. Phillp Swallow is affiliated with MacEwan University. William Wei is affiliated with MacEwan University. Bruce Thomson is affiliated with MacEwan University. Meiju Fei is affiliated with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.