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Innovate Edmonton Vice President Cheryll Watson named one of two Canadians on Startup Genome Advisory Board

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March 30, 2020

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Innovate Edmonton is pleased to share that our Vice-President, Cheryll Watson, has been appointed onto the Startup Genome Advisory Board. Watson is one of two Canadians on the 18-member board. Advisory board members are CEOs and other senior leaders at leading innovation and economic development authorities around the world.

Startup Genome is a top international research and policy advisory organization that helps governments committed to accelerating the growth and success of their startup ecosystems. It is headquartered in Silicon Valley, and provides research and advisory services globally.

“I’m honoured to be a part of such a talented and diverse board, that is bringing together minds from around the world,” says Watson. “COVID-19 is impacting people and companies everywhere right now. And while we don’t know what the world will look like on the other side of this, we do know that tech companies and startups will play a critical role in solving complex problems just like this as well as being a major contributor to our future success. I am honoured to be invited to share my expertise at this level, and look forward to helping build ever greater linkages between our innovation economy here in Edmonton with networks around the globe.”

The Startup Genome Advisory Board members are dedicated to advocating for solutions and supporting policies within the COVID-19 pandemic, from a tech ecosystem perspective. In response to COVID-19, they have created a COVID-19 Global Knowledge Base to gather input from around the globe and find relevant solutions.

About Cheryll Watson

Cheryll Watson is a transformational changemaker advancing the conversion from potential to prosperity in the tech ecosystems of Edmonton and Alberta. She has achieved repeated success in spearheading global business evolution for Intuit, a Fortune 500, Silicon Valley based tech company. Cheryll’s focus as Vice President of Innovate Edmonton is to set the vision and strategy for a team that contributes to cultivating the energy, innovation and investment needed to build a resilient and diversified economy and drive the economic prosperity of the city & the province.

About Startup Genome

Startup Genome is the world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm. With more than 100 clients across five continents in 38 countries to date, Startup Genome is the top research and policy advisory organization for governments committed to accelerating the success of their startup ecosystem. Its mission and impact are rooted in more than a decade of independent research with data on over a million companies across 150 cities.

Startup Genome’s Advisory Board members are listed here: https://startupgenome.com/advisory-board

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