MaRS interacts with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, either in an official advisory capacity with our 1,000+ venture clients or informally at the many events and meetings that we hold for the greater entrepreneurship community throughout the year.

I find that among all the entrepreneurs that we deal with at MaRS, there are three main things that they typically talk about:

  • Place
  • Programs & services
  • Community


Entrepreneurs can’t bring their ideas to life in a vacuum—they need to connect with the greater community to do so. MaRS offers a central meeting place for members from all the communities in the innovation ecosystem (startup, investor, corporate and academic), a place where everyone can connect to hear about different perspectives, talk about different opportunities, attend different events and get critical feedback.

Programs & Services

Entrepreneurs need a range of programs and services geared toward getting them onto a solid growth trajectory and making them successful. At MaRS, we customize our offering for each startup, picking and choosing programs and services based on the stage they’re at:

  • Business & technical advisory
  • Product feedback
  • Customer & market development
  • Talent recruiting


Finally, entrepreneurs look for events that offer the latest in their sector, and enable them to connect with their peers. We hold events that help showcase all of the great innovation that’s happening in our three sectors (ICT, Cleantech and Health).

Whether it’s a grassroots event like a meetup, a technology-oriented event like a hackathon or a thought leadership event, where we bring in thought leaders from around the world to talk about disruptive trends, MaRS holds events that bring the community together and elevate the conversation about innovation.

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Salim Teja

Salim Teja is the President, Venture Services for MaRS, where he leads the overall strategic direction of MaRS’ venture services areas: Energy & Environment (Cleantech), Finance & Commerce (FinTech), Health and Work & Learning. He is an experienced entrepreneur and active early-stage technology investor, with deep industry expertise in software and digital media. See more…