Mastercard joins Startup Canada in recognizing innovative policy leaders at the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards

Mastercard joins Startup Canada in recognizing innovative policy leaders at the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards

May 7th, 2018  Startup Canada, the national rallying community, and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, today announced that Mastercard will join the Fifth Annual Startup Canada Awards as title sponsor for the Startup Canada Policy Prize. The prize is awarded to government officials – political or within the public service – at all levels of government who have demonstrably advanced Canadian entrepreneurship through their policy leadership.

The Awards are the hallmark event celebrating outstanding achievements in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community. Every year, the 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.

“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 sponsors like Mastercard to amplify a new cohort of winners in 2018.”

“Entrepreneurs and innovators are critical to Canada’s economic future,” said Jennifer Sloan, vice president of Public Policy for Mastercard in Canada. “As governments create the environment in which entrepreneurs can thrive, we are particularly happy to be sponsoring the Startup Canada Policy Prize, which recognizes the leaders in this space.”

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.

Mastercard has been a Startup Canada partner since 2017. Together, Mastercard and Startup Canada have provided entrepreneurs with mentorship, skills and tools to grow their businesses, and given entrepreneurs a voice to government through programs such as #StartupGov, #StartupChats, #StartupWomen, Startup Canada Day on the Hill, and the Startup Canada Podcast.

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

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