Nomination Criteria

The nomination questions for all 17 Startup Canada Awards are listed below by award category.  Expand each selection to view the award criteria included on the Nomination Form.  

To view instructions on how to submit your nomination, please visit; www.startupaward.ca/nominate. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.

If you have any questions, please contact awards@startupcan.ca.

Award Categories & Questions

ADVANCING THE ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CANADA (4 AWARDS)

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STARTUP CANADA ENTREPRENEUR PROMOTION AWARD

Awarded to mentors, educators, investors, startup community leaders, media and other individual citizens who demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation and impact.  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual has exhibited excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership. (text box, Max. 750 words)

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual has exhibited innovation in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship. (text box, Max. 750 words)

•  Provide evidence how the impact of the nominated individual on Canada’s entrepreneurship landscape. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

 

STARTUP CANADA ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT AWARD

Awarded to government organizations, not-for-profits, academic institutions and private for-profit businesses that demonstrate excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their leadership, innovation, and impact.  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated organization has exhibited excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship and the success of entrepreneurs through their leadership. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 •  Provide evidence how the nominated organization has exhibited innovation in advancing the success of entrepreneurs. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence of the impact of the nominated individual on Canada’s entrepreneurship landscape. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR AWARD*

Awarded to an official Startup Canada Community in good standing that has made an extraordinary impact on the environment for entrepreneurship locally and nationally. 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated organization has exhibited excellence in advancing a local entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated organization has exhibited innovation in advancing the development of a robust ecosystem for entrepreneurial success. (text box, Max. 750 words)  

•  Provide evidence of the impact of the organization on creating a better environment for entrepreneurial success. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence of the organization’s commitment and contribution to the national Startup Canada network of startup communities. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA POLICY PRIZE 

Awarded to government officials - political or within the public service - at all levels of government who have demonstrably advanced Canadian entrepreneurship through their policy leadership.

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual/organization has exhibited excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through their policy leadership.(text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence of the impact of the nominated individual/organization in creating a better environment for entrepreneurial success in Canada. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

*This award is only awarded at the National level. 

ENTREPRENEUR-LED BUSINESSES DEMONSTRATING EXCELLENCE (4 AWARDS)

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CANADA 150 AWARD

Awarded to an iconic Canadian business that has propelled Canada’s brand on the global stage through its determination and leadership. 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business has demonstrated long-term impact and enduring legacy in advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurial growth and success in Canada. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business demonstrates leadership in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD 

Awarded to a Canadian company exhibiting excellence in its global orientation and business practices. Proof can be demonstrated in export sales, operations, supply chain management and market presence.  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business exhibits excellence in its export, global operations, supply chain or market presence, as a truly global company anchored in Canada. (text box, Max. 750 words)  

 

Provide the following statistics (if applicable):  

•  Countries within which the company operates.

•  Percentage of sales from outside of Canada.

•  Other indicators that demonstrate global penetration and connectivity.

 

STARTUP CANADA INNOVATION AWARD 

Awarded to a Canadian company exhibiting excellence in innovation, in any sector,  through leveraging new knowledge or technology to solve real world problems.  Proof can be demonstrated through innovative business practices such as new business models and strategies, organizational development, and/or product and services creativity. 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business exhibits excellence in leveraging new knowledge or technology to solve real world problems. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AWARD

Awarded to a social enterprise exhibiting excellence in its approach to the environment, ethics, community interaction, and corporate social responsibility. 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business exhibits excellence in its approach to the environment, ethics, community interaction, and corporate social responsibility. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the business demonstrates impact on creating “a better tomorrow.” (text box, Max. 750 words) 

 

STARTUP CANADA HIGH-GROWTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

Awarded to an enterprise exhibiting average annualized growth rates greater than 20 percent per year, over a three-year period, and with 10 or more employees at the beginning of the period. Growth can be recorded in terms of revenue or employment (number of employees). As defined by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

•  Provide evidence how the nominated business has exhibited an annualized growth rate greater than 20 percent per year, over the last 3 years, in terms of revenue or number of employees. (text box, Max. 750 words)

EXEMPLIFYING THE SPIRIT OF CANADIAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP (7 AWARDS)

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STARTUP CANADA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Awarded to individual entrepreneurs who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies and their engagement in the entrepreneurship community. 

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

To celebrate the diversity of Canada’s entrepreneurship community, Startup Canada has created additional awards that nominees may choose to be considered for:

STARTUP CANADA INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD*

Awarded to Indigenous entrepreneurs who have impacted entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words)

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA NEWCOMER ENTREPRENEUR AWARD*

Awarded to an entrepreneur who has lived in Canada for less than 5 years and who has impacted entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies in Canada. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.  

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words)  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA RESILIENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD*

Awarded to an entrepreneur with a visible or non-visible disability who has impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level. 

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

 

STARTUP CANADA WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Awarded to women entrepreneurs who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies.  

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words)

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Awarded to individual entrepreneurs under the age of 25 who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies.

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

STARTUP CANADA SENIOR ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Awarded to individual entrepreneurs over the age of 55 who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their companies. 

•  Provide evidence of how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial undertakings. (text box, Max. 750 words)  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual exemplifies the spirit of Canadian entrepreneurship through their engagement with the entrepreneurship community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

 

*This award is only awarded at the National level. 

OUTSTANDING IMPACT AND ENDURING LEGACY IN CANADIAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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ADAM CHOWANIEC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Awarded to an individual, who, over the course of their life has made a long-term impact and enduring legacy in advancing an environment and culture for entrepreneurial growth and success in Canada.  

•  Provide evidence how the nominated individual has demonstrated long-term impact and enduring legacy in advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurial growth and success in Canada. (text box, Max. 750 words) 

 

 •  Provide evidence how the nominated candidate demonstrates leadership in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship. (text box, Max. 750 words)