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.

Click here to complete your application form. The deadline to submit your application is January 31, 2017.

ADAM CHOWANIEC MEMORIAL FUND FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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APPLICATION DEADLINE:

JANUARY 31, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Tavares at [email protected]

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FUND DETAILS

The Grant

 

  • Up to $3,000 micro-grant to support business operations or business growth opportunities.
  • Access to the Startup Canada Network through the Startup Canada Membership Program.

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.

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FUND OBJECTIVES

 

  • Invest in entrepreneur and community-driven initiatives that directly support entrepreneurs in learning about and accessing global opportunities;
  • Drive awareness and elevate the ambitions amongst entrepreneurs about international and export opportunities for growth; and
  • Build capacity of the Canadian startup community to advance the prospects of local globally-oriented entrepreneur-led companies.

Who is eligible?

 

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

Timeline
  • Launch

    November 16, 2016
  • Application Deadline

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

    February 2017
  • Announce Recipients

    February 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

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 [email protected]

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