Fact Sheet

Startup Canada officially kicked-off in May 2012 with a nation-wide tour to crowd-source its mission and mandate and to activate entrepreneurship from coast to coast.

Throughout the six-month tour, Startup Canada partnered with 300 organizations to run 200 events in 40 communities, bringing together more than 20,000 Canadians in town halls, networking meetings and private interviews – resulting in the largest consultation of entrepreneurs in Canadian history.  The results of the tour were shared in the report ‘Startup Blueprints‘, announced during six pop-up press conferences across Canada in November 2012.

Since launching, Startup Canada has…

  • Connected more than 3,000 entrepreneurs with skills building opportunities and a platform to voice priorities and propose solutions to fellow founders, community leaders, support organizations and policy makers during a national tour in 2015.
  • Developed a national network of more than 22 grassroots Startup Communities that run events to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs to other entrepreneurs, support, customers and growth opportunities.
  • Increased ecosystem capacity to support entrepreneurs by funding over 30 projects through the Startup Canada Investment Fund Program, which includes the Startup Canada Community Investment Fund, Retail Startup Fund, Startup Space Fund, Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship and Women Entrepreneurship Fund.
  • Connected over 2,200 entrepreneurs with financial literacy education through the Startup Finance Program.
  • Connected Canadian entrepreneurs to international markets in Latin America as a host of the LatAm Startup Conference, to Tel Aviv, Israel as the Canadian organizer of international startup competition Start Tel Aviv, and to the United States as the Canadian partner for SUP-X: The Startup Expo, a two-day international conference and expo that attracts more than 1,500 startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors and related service providers from across North America.  
  • Become globally recognized as the best practice in fuelling grassroots entrepreneurship and educated leaders in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, South America and the United States.
  • Become a trusted communications and program delivery partner for government and private sector organizations such as Public Works and Government Services Canada, Industry Canada and Intuit Canada.
  • Become the most recognized, energized and active entrepreneurship organization in Canada with a network of more than 120,000 entrepreneurs, 400 enterprise support partners, 300 volunteers and over 22 Startup Communities from coast to coast.