This is the second stop in Startup Canada’s National Tour, which began in March in Nova Scotia. Between now and September, 2012, the tour will engage 25,000 Canadians and 250 partner organizations to identify actionable proposals and priorities for advancing entrepreneurship in Canada.
“The Startup Canada campaign is the signature of a new spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada,” said Rory Francis, Executive Director of the PEI BioAlliance and Chair of the Startup Canada PEI initiative. “That spirit is also at the core of Prince Edward Island’s Bioscience Cluster’s momentum and growth.”
“Startup Canada is a wonderful event for young, potential entrepreneurs to meet experienced entrepreneurs first hand and hear their stories,” said Shaw. ”To me, entrepreneurship is the only career choice where young people start by hearing all of the gaudy failure statistics. Being an entrepreneur is a fantastic career and an event like Startup Canada is invaluable for young people to realize entrepreneurship is a viable career option.”
Rivers Corbett, serial entrepreneur, author and a Startup Canada Board member, has first-hand experience being an East Coast entrepreneur.
“I have been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years and up to now there has never been an organization like Startup Canada to help launch and drive the entrepreneurial spirit in our country,” said Corbett.
Following its events in PEI, Startup Canada will move to Ontario and New Brunswick before heading west. Along the way, provincial steering committees are helping showcase local entrepreneurs on a national media platform. The movement is also being fuelled online through Startup Canada’s interactive website, live web-streamed broadcasts of the tour, and active social media networks.
Local partners include the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Innovation PEI and the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, The Greater Charlottetown & Area Chamber of Commerce, the University of Prince Edward Island, PEI Business Women’s Association, PEI Newcomer’s Association, Resources West, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy, the Innovation & Technology Association of PEI, Central Development Corporation, and Junior Achievement.
Other sponsors include Microsoft, Gowlings and Ernst and Young, Artik, Kick Ass Media, PubliAir, VideoBooth the Association of University Research Parks Canada, the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, Francis Moran & Associates, FreshBooks, MSBi Valorisation, NextMTL, the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network, University of Ottawa, Podio, Backbone Magazine, HootSuite, ITWorld Canada, Paper.li, Sprouter, and Techvibes.
Tomorrow, the Startup Canada team will meet with Charlottetown entrepreneurs, visit local high schools, and speak at the province-wide Youth Entrepreneurship Forum before moving on to Summerside. A full schedule of the week’s events and complete National Tour is posted on the Startup Canada website – www.startupcan.ca/tour