By Remo Zaccagna, The Chronicle Herald, Published: March 13, 2012
A new national entrepreneurial grassroots organization will kick off a national tour in Halifax next week. Startup Canada, a national non-profit organization that will officially be launched in Ottawa in April, will begin a six-month national tour Monday with a town hall meeting at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre at 1344 Summer St.
That meeting is the beginning of a week-long itinerary of events across Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth, Antigonish, Truro, Dartmouth, and Sydney.
The organization’s co-founder said the tour’s mandate is to bring entrepreneurship into the national conversation ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, when they will announce “clear, collective action for the future” and how they are going to dedicate their resources moving forward.
“It’s all about bringing together the entrepreneurship community, building the community, celebrating entrepreneurs, as well as developing a clear, collective vision for the future so that when we actually take that step in November and announce what we’re going to be doing as an organization, it’s fully backed and supported and actually informed by the community itself,” Victoria Lennox said in a phone interview Tuesday.
In development for the last nine months, Startup Canada has created partnerships with 200 enterprise support organizations in every province and territory, including Innovacorp, Black Business Initiative, Dalhousie University and the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) in Halifax.
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