Centre for Social Innovation joins Startup Canada to recognize leading social enterprises at the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards

Centre for Social Innovation joins Startup Canada to recognize leading social enterprises at the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards

May 3rd, 2018 The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a Toronto-based social enterprise that specializes in the creation of shared workspaces for people and organizations with a social mission, has joined Startup Canada, the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, to recognize leading social entrepreneurs at the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards. The Awards are the hallmark event celebrating outstanding achievements in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

CSI is the title sponsor for the Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award, awarded to social companies exhibiting excellence in their approach to the environment, ethics, community interaction, and corporate social responsibility.

“Over the last five years, the Startup Canada Awards have recognized hundreds of leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and support providers who have worked relentlessly to grow their companies, and invested time to support and champion up-and-coming leaders,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “We are proud to work with CSI to share the successes of Canada’s social entrepreneurs in 2018.”

“Interest in social entrepreneurship is growing, and that’s great news because it has to. Just as social and environmental concerns are reaching a frightening crescendo, technological advances, activism 2.0, and market transformations are demonstrating we can do better. The challenges may be daunting, but they offer social entrepreneurs an opportunity to fundamentally reshape our world. As a country and as a global community, we have a responsibility to support social innovation and entrepreneurs.” said Tonya Surman, CEO of Centre for Social Innovation.  “That’s why we’re so proud to sponsor this award.”

Every year, the Startup Canada Awards attract hundreds of nominations; celebrate dozens of entrepreneurs, innovators, and support organizations from coast-to-coast-to-coast; and attract more than 1,500 attendees and 4,000 online viewers at regional and national ceremonies.

Grassroots Regional Awards ceremonies will be hosted by entrepreneur support partners in cities across Canada this Spring. The Awards ceremony schedule is as follows:

Startup Canada will also travel across Northern Canada to celebrate the winners of the Startup Canada Awards in the Territories.

Recipients join the prestigious Startup Canada Awards Alumni Network, a platform to elevate winners’ ongoing impact for Canada and to provide inspiration for the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs.

Among others, past recipients include Anne Whelan, President & CEO of Seafair Capital Inc.; the Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada; the Hadhad Family, founders of Peace by Chocolate; Nicole Verkindt, founder of Offset Market Exchange; Clearbanc; Hootsuite; Patrice Mousseau, founder of Satya Organics Inc.; and, Shawn Smith, founder of Don’t Dis-my-ability Consultation Services Inc.

CSI has been a proud supporter of the Startup Canada Awards since 2015. Together, CSI and Startup Canada have provided entrepreneurs with mentorship, skills and tools to grow their businesses through programs such as #StartupChats, the Startup Canada Podcast, and the Startup Canada Awards.

For more information, please contact:

Maddie Stiles

Media Relations, Startup Canada


613-627-0787 ext. 101

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.

About the Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a nonprofit social enterprise, a global pioneer in coworking, a community and catalyst for people and organizations that are changing the world, with four Toronto locations, one in New York City, and an affiliate space in London, ON. The CSI Community is home to over 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures in Toronto that employ over 2,500 people and generate combined annual revenues of around $250 million. CSI members are turning social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges into opportunities to make the world a better place.

Maddie Stiles

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