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

Nominations are closed. Please register for an event near you to celebrate this year’s winners.

AWARD CATEGORIES & 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 Application. At least one reference letter is required. For more information, please visit the FAQ section here.

Advancing the environment and culture for entrepreneurship in Canada

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award, presented by Intuit QuickBooks

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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.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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, presented by Intuit QuickBooks

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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.

• Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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 Policy Innovation Award (National Only), presented by Mastercard

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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. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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.

Startup Canada Community of the Year Award (National Only), presented by Sovereign Insurance

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Awarded to an official Startup Canada Community in good standing that has made an extraordinary impact on the environment for entrepreneurship locally and nationally. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level only.

• Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

Community Leader of the Year Award (National Only), presented by Sovereign Insurance

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Awarded to an official Startup Canada Community Leader who has demonstrated excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship locally, regionally, and/or nationally through their leadership, innovation and impact. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

• Provide evidence of how the nominated individual has exhibited excellence in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship locally, regionally, and/or nationally through their leadership. (text box, Max 750 words)

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• Provide evidence of how the individual has demonstrated innovation in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship locally, regionally, and/or nationally. (text box, Max 750 words)

• Provide evidence of the impact of the nominated individual on the local, regional, or national entrepreneurship landscape. (text box, Max 750 words)

*This award is only awarded at the National level.

Startup Canada Communities Collaboration of the Year Award (National Only)

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Awarded to a project, initiative, campaign or program run by two or more Startup Communities, which has demonstrably advanced Canadian entrepreneurship. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

• List the Startup Communities involved in the collaboration.

• Please provide the name of your project, initiative, campaign or program.

• Explain the collaboration and provide evidence of its impact. (text box, Max 750 words)

• Provide any supporting documents to demonstrate this impact.

*This award is only awarded at the National level.

Startup Canada Entrepreneur's Choice Award

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Awarded to an entrepreneur-led business or brand that exemplifies the culture and ambition of their local community in Canada.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• Provide evidence of how the nominated organization or brand has exemplified the culture of their local community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• Provide evidence of how the nominated organization or brand has exemplified the ambitions of their local community. (text box, Max. 750 words)

Exemplifying the Spirit of Canadian Entrepreneurship

Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award, presented by the BDC

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

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

• Please explain why the nominee should be considered for the Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award. (text box, Max. 750 words)

Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Scotiabank

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Awarded to individual entrepreneurs under the age of 19 who have impacted Canadian entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their startup companies.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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 Indigenous Entrepreneur Award (National Only), presented by Mastercard

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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.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

• Please provide information on the nominee and context as to why the nominee should be considered for the Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award. (text box, Max. 750 words)

Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award (National Only), presented by UPS

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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.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

• Please explain why the nominee should be considered for the Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award. (text box, Max. 750 words)

Entrepreneur-led Businesses Demonstrating Excellence

Startup Canada Global Entrepreneurship Award, presented by UPS

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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.

• Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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, presented by Intuit QuickBooks

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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.

•  Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

•  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, presented by Sovereign Insurance

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

• Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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, presented by MasterCard

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Awarded to a company 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).

• Please provide a brief description of your organization. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

Outstanding Impact In Canadian Entrepreneurship

Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by Scotiabank

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

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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)

Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award (National Only), presented by UPS

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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. Please note: this award is only awarded at the national level.

• Please provide a biography/profile of the nominated individual. (text box, Max. 750 words)

• 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.

• Provide evidence how the nominated candidate demonstrates leadership in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.