Flyover Communities

Spring’s global consulting work and our mission to make impact entrepreneurship mainstream has brought us to large, well developed innovation ecosystems, but also to many small communities with populations under 50,000 people. When it comes to developing their ecosystems, these communities (referred to as Flyover Communities) are, for the most part, underrepresented for funding and support, disconnected from each other and larger nearby communities. 

The Opportunity 

There’s a significant opportunity to build capacity in Flyover Communities, and their entrepreneurs, by creating linkages to education, programs, mentor networks, investor networks, and the connections between government and the private sector. While this is true, there are no education or support systems for the main actors in these communities to know the best practices to take and how to customize approaches for their ecosystem.

Our Approach

With the support of Discovery Foundation, Spring is helping a number of Flyover Communities in British Columbia build the innovation capacity in these underserved areas. To date, we have implemented a variety of program elements include facilitated training sessions, workshops, visioning sessions as well as entrepreneur training and engagement. 

In Fall 2019, Spring will hold a summit in Vancouver for Flyover Communities from across BC and a number of ecosystem stakeholders who make impactful contributions in those communities. Together, we’ll discuss topics that come up repeatedly amongst our partners as they develop their ecosystems locally and globally. 

Our objectives are to help these communities to find opportunities for collaboration, to increase their impact, and to address the core elements required to foster successful innovation ecosystems – including: entrepreneur programs, technology, mentor network development, access to capital, maker spaces, co-working spaces, workshops, and events. 

Spring will share its experiences from around the world while the communities also share learnings with each other and ecosystem stakeholders.


 As a certified B-Corporation, Spring is a global incubator and accelerator that empowers entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem organizations to build better businesses and change the world. Through its global advisory services, it has helped more than 70 different incubators, accelerators, foundations, and governments on 5 continents enhance their capacity to maximize impact both in their local communities and globally. With their impact programs, they have helped more than 700 entrepreneurs create 350 companies and raise more than $21M in funding. 

A registered charity, the Discovery Foundation has been an enabler of the science and technology sector in BC since its formation in 1979. Its principal activity is the delivery of the Technology Education Program via agents that provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs in BC. The foundation also provides funds for research and scholarship.