Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship

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What is the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship?

Startup Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC) have partnered to present the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. The Fund invests in high-impact initiatives that advance the prospects of Canada’s globally-oriented, entrepreneur-led companies.

The Fund has been created in memory of Dr. Adam Chowaniec, former Chairman of the Startup Canada Board of Directors and board member of EDC. Chowaniec is known in Canada’s tech community for his involvement in starting, growing, and selling more than a dozen companies. He was a champion of the grassroots entrepreneurship movement in Canada, and of high-growth export companies. He passed in February 2015 following a battle with cancer.

Grant funds will be awarded to individuals, groups and organizations to build up the export and international capability of entrepreneurs across Canada. Project examples may include trade missions, global ecosystem tours, soft landings programs, export training bootcamps and global partnership facilitation, etc.

The application period has ended.

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Tavares at renee.tavares@startupcan.ca

ADAM CHOWANIEC MEMORIAL FUND FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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FUND RECIPIENTS

EntreLaunch

ImpactCup by Entrelaunch (Barrie, ON) | An event inspiring and empowering young entrepreneurs with the key support and tools they need to succeed.

“EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth age 10-24 to think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next five years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial education. IMPACT Cup is a multi-day event designed to help attendees develop ideas to solve local, regional or global issues. We are launching a new generation of entrepreneurs.” – Rebecca Palmer CEO & Founder, EntreLaunch

 

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Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

LGBT Business Conference & Americas Summit by Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Toronto, ON) | A conference that brings together entrepreneurs from across the Americas to build networks and discover economic opportunities. The Summit will include panels and networking opportunities to support Canadian entrepreneurs in the LGBT community to take their companies global.

“The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is pleased to be a recipient of the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. This grant will support the upcoming LGBT Summit of the Americas, being held in Toronto in June. The Summit will provide a venue for LGBT entrepreneurs from Canada and across the Americas to come together, build global networks, learn from industry leaders, and discover ways to grow their economic opportunities beyond the domestic market.” – Darrell Schuurman, MBA Co-Founder & CEO of Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

 Innovation Central Society 

Go Global Workshop Weekend by Innovation Central Society (Prince George, BC) | A weekend bootcamp that provides entrepreneurs with the practical advice needed to succeed in global sales.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship to help our local entrepreneurs and would-be small business owners be better equipped and inspired to access international markets. We are look forward to providing information and mentoring to achieve great results for businesses in Prince George.” –  Matt Hutcheon, Executive Director at the Innovation Central Society and Community Builder at Startup Prince George

Timeline
  • Launch

    November 16, 2016
  • Application Deadline

    January 31, 2017 @ 11:59 pm PT
  • Adjudication Period

    February 2017
  • Announce Recipients

    March 2017

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Adjudicators

Adjudicators will be announced in 2017.

The 2016-2017 adjudicators included: Claudia Chowaniec, President of Precept Inc.; Paul Gaspar, Small Business Director at UPS Canada; Sir Terry Matthews, Founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover International; Jason Myers, CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Debbie Weinstein, Partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP; Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada; and Paul Day, Vice-President of Investments, Export Development Canada

FAQ

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Q: Where do funds come from?

The Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship is solely sponsored by Export Development Canada and administered by Startup Canada.

Q: Who can apply?

The applicant can be any Canadian-based entrepreneur, group or organization.

Q: Who should the project target?

The project must directly support export-focused incorporated small businesses.

Q: What can grants be used for?

Grant funds will be awarded to individuals, groups and organizations to build up the export and international capability of entrepreneurs across Canada. Project examples may include trade missions, global ecosystem tours, soft landings programs, export training bootcamps and global partnership facilitation, etc.

Grants should not be used for hiring staff or creating employment opportunities for the individual or the organization administering project.

Q: Who will adjudicate the applications?

Projects will be adjudicated based on criteria related to need, impact and the propensity of the initiative to enhance entrepreneur connectivity to global export training, mentorship or infrastructure; global customers, finance, industry anchors, talent; and, global markets.

Q: What is the maximum funding available for a project?

Grants are available up to $3,000.

Q: What are the key timelines?

Intake of applications will begin November 2016, with a deadline of January 31, 2017. Adjudication will take place in February 2017, and fund recipients will be contacted and announced in March 2017.

Note timeline is subject to change.

Q: What is the frequency of the funding allocations?

The Fund opens annually during Autumn.

 

If you have any other questions, please contact Renee.Tavares@startupcan.ca

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