A Warm Welcome to Anyone Seeking to Do It Their Way

By Steve Gilison

It appears that British Columbia residents are starting to get used to their newest A-list immigrants from the UK — Prince Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie — who have chosen to make a new life for themselves in Canada. It’s a bold move. Reinventing yourself is difficult in the best of conditions. Imagine trying to do it with the added burden of roles steeped in the traditions of monarchy and indelibly linked to your identity.

So, when Haeghan (sorry-not-sorry for lame ‘ship’ name) find they have outgrown the tranquility of British Columbia — fyi, Canada’s 24th ranked city for innovation/startups — I propose they relocate to SoCal where we have our own tradition of welcoming individuals and iconoclasts inventing the future.

One of the ingredients in SoCal’s secret sauce is our openness and drive to seek out the best in all its surprising forms. We value your ideas and how you show up regardless of where you came from.

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Steve Gilison is Head of Programs and Operations at the Alliance for SoCal Innovation. You can also find him on Linkedin and the Alliance website.

The goal of the Alliance is to nurture and accelerate the growth of Southern California's technology and life sciences innovation ecosystem.