The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship. Individuals and organization can self-nominate or nominate someone else for a Startup Canada Award.

Nomination Process


This year, there are 17 Startup Canada Awards in four categories. Click here to view the Nomination Form Questions.

Please follow the instructions below to Submit a Nomination: 

•   Go to 

•   Create an account. Complete the Nomination Form.

•   Click here to see Nomination Form Questions.

Nomination Deadline: June 16, 2017 at 11:59 ET.

Why Nominate?


Check out why you should nominate today!

Nomination Tips


Make your nominations stand out with these tips! 


Budget the time - The Startup Canada Awards nomination form takes on average 2-3 hours to complete. Grab some caffeine and set aside the time to focus on an excellent nomination. Need to take a pause and come back to it? No problem! Just don't miss the July 20 deadline.

•   Tell a compelling story - Persuading the judges with an engaging and enthusiastic read that pulls them in from the start. When telling the nominee's story, use descriptive language and demonstrate results with concrete examples. 

•   Brief your references - Judges are looking for reference letters that demonstrate the author's experience with the nominee, and back up the claims made in the nomination form. Ensure your reference(s) are given a few days to write their letter before submitting it to you.

•   Edit and refine - A clean and polished nomination is a judge's delight. Ensure it is concise by focusing on impact and don't let avoidable mistakes like typos and factual mistakes take away from an otherwise well-thought-out nomination.

•   Don't miss the deadline! -Nominations submitted after July 20 at 11.59 PM will not be considered. To avoid deadline stress, try to get your in early 


Note: You can nominate the same person, company, organization or yourself for multiple awards!

Selection Process


Each year the Startup Canada Awards Committee forms a the official Adjudication Committees for the awards which include: a Preliminary, Regional and National committees. The Adjudication Committee consists… insert blurb that’s in awards recap.

Each nomination is reviewed by a Preliminary Adjudication Committee which determines the eligibility of each nominee. Nominees are shortlisted for each award and provided to the Regional Adjudication Committee.

The Regional Adjudication Committee evaluates each of the shortlisted nominations and determines the regional award winners. These award winners become eligible to win the national award in their respective categories.

The National Adjudication Committee reviews the regional award winners and determines the national award winners based that are driving Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

The recipient of the Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by a special committee which includes CEO of Startup Canada, Chair of the Startup Canada Board of Directors and the Chair of the Startup Canada Awards Adjudication Committee, among other distinguished individuals.