Charlottetown, Halifax, and Toronto selected to join Startup Canada Communities network
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, November 26, 2014 – Startup Canada announced today three new cities will join its national infrastructure of Startup Canada Communities in 2015 to accelerate entrepreneurial growth in their areas.
Charlottetown, Halifax, and Toronto will join 15 existing Startup Canada Communities in the national program to link their entrepreneurs with local and cross-national resources, mentors, funding, and space through both an online and off-line hyper-connected network.
“We are thrilled to see more and more communities vying for a spot on the Startup Canada Communities network each year,” said Startup Canada CEO Victoria Lennox. “It is a testament to the value of a network that connects entrepreneurs from the bottom up and sees startups become sustainable, high-growth ventures.”
Since the pilot project began in 2013, more than 250 startups have registered in Startup Canada Communities from coast to coast, and over 50 Startup Canada Communities events have brought together more than 500 entrepreneurs.
Throughout the year, the Startup Canada Communities will engage entrepreneurs through regular organized events including seminars, networking events, Startup Weekends, and more to accelerate entrepreneurial growth. Once a month, Startup Canada Community leaders convene online to exchange ideas, discuss mutual challenges and share best practices.
The new Startup Canada Communities were announced at Startup Canada Day on the Hill, a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurship bringing entrepreneurs and policy makers together on Parliament Hill for a discussion on the important role entrepreneurs play in the Canadian economy.
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement founded in May 2012 that has become the most recognized, energized and active entrepreneurship organization in Canada. Startup Canada’s programs have mentored more than 20,000 Canadians, grown to represent more than 80,000 entrepreneurs, and increased entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in Canada while promoting Canada’s diversified economy and high quality of life.
Startup Canada is recognized globally as the benchmark for fuelling grassroots entrepreneurship. It has educated the leaders of peer organizations in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, South America and the United States.
QUOTES FROM THE NEW COMMUNITIES
“Grassroots campaigns to support entrepreneurs in PEI have been steadily gaining ground, and I am thrilled that the community has come together to bring Startup Canada to Charlottetown,” said Hannah Bell, spokesperson for Startup Charlottetown. “The launch of the official Startup Canada Community will provide an essential focal point for the varied stakeholders who are already working with and for entrepreneurs locally. The validation and recognition that comes with the national Startup Canada network will build and grow our ecosystem in support of successful businesses and economic outcomes. “
“Startup Canada is a central hub for Canadian Startups providing advocacy for the community as well as valuable training, information and support to all of Canada,” said John Hamblin, spokesperson for Startup Halifax. “The startup communities program permits member cities across the country to network and exchange knowledge ideas and initiatives. This provides Canada’s entrepreneurs with a strong, unified business environment. The Halifax startup community is very excited to be joining this group.”
“As a community of Startup Canada, Startup Toronto will benefit from being part of a national organization that has earned the credibility, reputation and respect as a unifying body for startup communities across Canada,” said Barry Witkin, organizer and spokesperson for Startup Toronto. “Startup Canada gives us the high quality of their contacts, supporters, sponsors, advisors, and members to open up a huge canyon of support and membership for Startup Toronto. This will lead us to expand by establishing satellite hubs in different areas of Toronto so our growing membership can benefit from the comprehensive resources and network required to be successful entrepreneurs. Our goal is to make Toronto one of the top cities in the world to lead in startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and investment.”