Implemented in 2016-2017 the Diversity Connectors pilot project sought to enable startup incubators to attract and cater for the needs of both mainstream and immigrant enterprises entering a variety of industries. The benefits for immigrant enterprises may include a quicker learning curve through peer learning with mainstream enterprises, access to enterprise networks and funding opportunities. For mainstream enterprises, the benefits of interacting with and exposure to immigrant enterprises may include gaining a wider enterprise world view, access to innovative ideas and learning how to cater to different markets and potential clients.
The aim was to create a set of guidelines for those incubators which wish to become Diversity Connectors and for cities and corporates to learn how they can partner with the incubators on this. The Guidelines are based on key principles and good practice examples shared at the workshop site visits, and in a linked-in survey responses of the participants.