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2017 North Regional Award Winners Celebrated in Whitehorse

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2017 Ontario Regional Award Winners Celebrated in Ottawa

2016 Regional Startup Canada Awards winners announced

2015 National Startup Canada Awards winners announced

2015 Regional Startup Canada Awards winners announced 

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Gerry Pond presents the Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award

UPS joins Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour to focus entrepreneurs on scalability and trade

MNP LLP presents the Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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In The News

October 25, 2016 | iTel receives Startup Canada Award 

October 24, 2016 | Entrepreneurial scene in focus as Startup Canada Awards come to Edmonton

October 13, 2016 | Bay of Quinte region named a Startup Community

September 6, 2016 | Whitehorse Daily Star | Cold Climate Innovation centre recognized for supporting entrepreneurship 

September 2, 2016 | Peterborough Examiner | Noblegen founder Adam Noble name Ontario’s best young entrepreneur by Startup Canada

September 2, 2016 | CBC News Prince Edward Island | 2 P.E.I. companies with Startup Canada Awards

September 2, 2016 | Betakit | Allen Lau, Dax Dasilva among Startup Canada's 2016 Regional Award winners

September 1, 2016 | Saskatoon StarPhoenix | Saskatoon tech startup wins rapid growth award

September 1, 2016 | My Kawartha | Founder of Noblemen wins Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award

 

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2015 Startup Canada Award National Winners revealed
Kathryn Forrest

2015 Startup Canada Award National Winners revealed

 “Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards, each of whom embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and who have exemplified excellence, integrity and exceptional  impact through their efforts, enterprises and ethos.” – Victoria Lennox, co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada. Read the full press release. The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin is the founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund. Click here to watch the video. “Entrepreneurs are by definition innovators. The countries that lead in innovation, the countries that lead in entrepreneurship, the countries that essentially understand the degree to which change is affecting the economy are the countries that are going to benefit.” Read the Q&A.  Iain Klugman is the CEO of Communitech, an accelerator complex in Waterloo, ON dedicated to helping tech companies start, grow and succeed. Click here to watch the video. “[We are a] community of engaged and creative entrepreneurs who are working hard – and often, collaboratively – to solve real and relevant problems quickly, across all industries.” Read Klugman’s article on the Communitech corporate innovation model.    Victory Square Labs is a Vancouver-based venture builder that supports start-ups in the web, mobile, gaming and film spaces. Click here to watch […]

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Q & A with Quayce Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Timsle
Kathryn Forrest

Q & A with Quayce Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Timsle

As we celebrated the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship movement with the Startup Canada Awards this fall, we also celebrated the triumphs of every entrepreneur with Wolf Blass Wines. Through national social media contests that highlighted the meaning of triumph in the entrepreneurial context, one Canadian entrepreneur was selected for a mentorship lunch with Michael Hyatt, Executive Chairman at BlueCat Networks, investor, and Dragon on CBC’s Next Gen Den – Dragon’s Den. Quayce Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO of Timsle, boarded ViaRail on Dec. 1 to meet with Michael, and to network with winners of the 2015 national Startup Canada Awards at the CN Tower.   Startup Canada spoke with Quayce just before his meeting. Startup Canada: What is Timsle?   Quayce Thomas: Timsle is an accountability network designed to keep you motivated towards your daily goals.   Startup Canada: What’s behind the name?    Quayce Thomas: When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I started missing a lot of my soccer games. My friend Josh noticed, and told me that if I ever needed to talk, he was here. One night, while I was having a bad episode of depression, I called him, and he came back from work and took […]

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Q & A with the Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund
Kathryn Forrest

Q & A with the Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund

The Right Honourable Paul Martin is the founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), which focusses on elementary and secondary education for Aboriginal students, and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund investing in Aboriginal business. In partnership with recognized Aboriginal educators, MAEI developed a nationally accredited program called the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP). AYEP teaches Aboriginal youth about business and entrepreneurship, in order to help prepare them to engage in business activity with competence and confidence. By receiving Grade 11 and Grade 12 AYEP secondary school credits, the program moves students closer to high school completion and the opportunity to go on to post-secondary studies. The CAPE Fund is a $50 million private-sector investment fund initiated by 21 of Canada’s leading companies, individuals, and US-based foundations. CAPE’s management team focuses on mid-market opportunities with a strong degree of Aboriginal involvement and connection to Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. Through these partnerships, CAPE has demonstrated that entrepreneurship and mentorship can make a difference in the lives of this and future generations of Aboriginal Canadians. Startup Canada chatted with Mr. Martin by phone. Startup Canada: Why did you start the CAPE Fund? Right Honourable Paul Martin: Investment capital is the lifeblood of entrepreneurship but all too often, it can […]

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National Startup Canada Awards winners announced
Kathryn Forrest

National Startup Canada Awards winners announced

Nine Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations to be awarded national honour TORONTO, November 24, 2015 – Startup Canada (www.StartupCan.ca) announced today a former Prime Minister, an innovation hub trailblazer and a globally-recognized wedding accessories and decor company are among the national recipients of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards (www.StartupAward.ca). The Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund; Communitech CEO Iain Klugman; and Medicine Hat-based Weddingstar will join 17-year-old Alex Gillis, CEO of Bitness.io; Vancouver’s Victory Square Labs; sustainable superfood producers Entomo Farms; industrial analytic app maker RtTech Software; Accel-Rx President Natalie Dakers and; Tom Fath, owner of The Fath Group at the CN Tower Dec. 1 to accept their awards. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards, each of whom embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and who have exemplified excellence, integrity and exceptional  impact through their efforts, enterprises and ethos,” said Victoria Lennox, co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “Entrepreneurship is about human endeavour; it is about unleashing human potential to advance our society, economy and humanity. Canada was built by entrepreneurs and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate and showcase these magnificent Canadians who […]

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Q&A with Lincoln Smith, Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation
Kathryn Forrest

Q&A with Lincoln Smith, Executive Director, Kamloops Innovation

SC: Are we truly in the era of the entrepreneur? LS: Yes! Entrepreneurship has never been more documented, discussed, and supported than it is today. This doesn’t make it less work to turn your idea into a successful startup, but there has never been a better time to try. Kamloops Innovation is bringing entrepreneur support to our region and helping to grow a culture and ecosystem around entrepreneurship. This is being done in cities across Canada, and startups are being founded and are prospering like never before. SC: How can we inspire Canadians through entrepreneurship? LS: Entrepreneurial thinking is woven into our everyday lives. We all have the opportunity to find solutions, meet challenges, evaluate the benefits and make things better. This entrepreneurial thinking leads to continual improvement for the betterment of Canada. A percentage of people will take a further step, and be inspired to make their solution into a business. How can we inspire Canadians? People need to see what’s possible, witness the successes, and to have access to resources that enable them to explore entrepreneurship in supported environments. We can continue to provide these resources and encourage Canadians to drop in and participate. By sharing success stories, Canadians […]

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Q&A with Weddingstar
Kathryn Forrest

Q&A with Weddingstar

Award received: Startup Canada Award for International Trade, Prairies region SC: Give us the Twitter-friendly version of your story – what is your business about? Weddingstar: We have a team of in-house designers responsible for sourcing and creating our unique line of 4,000+ products. Almost every item can be made extra special with the addition of personalization – engraving, embroidery, laser etching, foil stamping, digital printing, hand painting – all done in our facility. Approximately 65% of these products are exclusive to our company. We are best known for our porcelain cake toppers where the secret to success lies in our large variety of poses. These are hand painted and made with meticulous detail. SC: How do you celebrate achievements at your company? Weddingstar: We have regular team building activities and socializing related to seasonal occasions and company accomplishments. SC: What are the principles for success at your company? Weddingstar: The wedding industry has undergone many changes over the years. We pride ourselves in our ability to meet these changes head on and adjust our strategy accordingly. We listen and respond to our customers and their needs. In turn, we are able to remain a successful competitor in our industry. […]

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Q & A with Entomo Farms (formerly Next Millennium Farms)
Kathryn Forrest

Q & A with Entomo Farms (formerly Next Millennium Farms)

Award received: Startup Canada Award for Sustainable Development Startup Canada: Give us the Twitter-friendly version of your story – what is your business about? Entomo Farms: We raise and farm crickets and other insects, then prepare them as roasted snacks, or finely milled powder for use in other products as an ingredient. Given the dire situation of our current food and water crisis, and knowing this is only going to get worse as the population skyrockets to over 9 billion people by 2050, we hope to be part of the solution to bring protein alternatives to those who are unaware that there are alternatives. (Mostly North Americans, Europeans etc). We provide a healthy superfood ingredient, rich in protein, omega 3, B12, iron, fibre and calcium, enriching mainstream grocery store items such as pancake mix, bread, cereal and chips. Startup Canada: How do you celebrate achievements at your company? Entomo Farms: The first thing we like to do is thank and reward our hard working staff; the farmers that work hard every day in high temperatures, and those in the processing plant. We are looking so forward to our Holiday party this year so that we can thank our staff and celebrate […]

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Q&A with Devon Fiddler, Chief Changemaker & Designer at SheNative Goods Inc.
Kathryn Forrest

Q&A with Devon Fiddler, Chief Changemaker & Designer at SheNative Goods Inc.

Award received: Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur of the Year SC: What has been the eureka moment in your career? DF: I would have to say that my biggest eureka moment so far, has been after starting up a new Fashion incubator – Her 4 Directions – in Saskatoon along with 3 other Indigenous women businesses. I’ve realized then and there that i’m actually making a big difference in the lives of my co-founders. By the time we launch this, we will have 3 other successful Indigenous businesses run by women. That was when I remembered why I do what I do. I’m empowering Indigenous women. SC: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? DF: Putting myself out there and putting myself in the public eye through crowdfunding campaigns. SC: What motivates you to pursue excellence in what you do? DF: When I think of my mission, I think of all the Indigenous women who are going through a tough time in whatever it could be. And I know many Indigenous women going through hardships. I was one of them. They motivate me to pull through so that I can help pave a way, and show them that they have the inner power […]

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Q & A with Brian Day, President & CEO of Campbell Scientific Canada
Kathryn Forrest

Q & A with Brian Day, President & CEO of Campbell Scientific Canada

Award received: Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Prairies region SC: What has been the eureka moment in your career? BD: My eureka moment was when I realized that I did not know everything there was to know about the business. That insight prompted me to seek out an external advisor who guided me to develop an organizational governance system that would support the development and execution of a growth strategy. SC: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? BD: The biggest risk I have taken was to commission an $8.5M construction project of Campbell Scientific’s new building to support the future growth of the company based on a strategic plan. SC: What motivates you to pursue excellence in what you do? BD: Campbell Scientific Canada’s Core Purpose is, “Always striving to make the best measurement possible”. If you have good data, you have the opportunity to make a good decision. If you have bad data, you can only make a bad decision. Worldwide, there are literally hundreds of millions of dollars wasted each year on failed monitoring programs, which are poorly conceived and/or badly designed. There are two outcomes from these systems: either bad data or complete failure. As […]

19 Nov
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Q&A with Shafin Diamond Tejani, “alchemist” at Victory Square Labs
Kathryn Forrest

Q&A with Shafin Diamond Tejani, “alchemist” at Victory Square Labs

Award received: Startup Canada Award for Entrepreneur Support, West Coast region Startup Canada: Are we truly in the era of the entrepreneur? Shafin Diamond Tejani: Absolutely! It’s never been easier to start a business (be an entrepreneur), whether you’re a 15-year old YouTube celebrity, or a 75-year old grandmother selling goods on eBay. With a laptop/tablet/smartphone and Internet access – you can incorporate a business online, launch an online store with Shopify, get a logo designed off of Fiverr, find someone to manufacture your product on Alibaba, market and sell your product to a global audience on eBay, have a fulfilment house store and ship your products, use Zendesk to handle customer service inquiries in multiple languages, process payments through Stripe – and you can do all of this from your dorm room, on a beach, or a coffee shop. Startup Canada: How can we inspire Canadians through entrepreneurship? Shafin Diamond Tejani: Entrepreneurs are the spark plug in the economy’s engine, activating and stimulating all economic activity and instilling confidence in the people. They create businesses that hire people, they come up with new technologies, create new products, provide new services, and they disrupt the status quo. Entrepreneurs have been […]

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