Startup Canada and Mastercard Canada partner to celebrate excellence in Canadian entrepreneurship at the sixth annual Startup Canada Awards

Nominations open until March 24, 2019; Mastercard once again joins as event sponsor

February 27th, 2019, Ottawa​ – Startup Canada, Canada’s entrepreneurship organization, today announced that Mastercard will join the Sixth Annual Startup Canada Awards as a Gold Sponsor to celebrate excellence in Canadian entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurs, businesses, and enterprise support organizations from across Canada will be honoured at regional ceremonies this Spring in Whitehorse, Vancouver, Edmonton, Mississauga, Montreal, and Fredericton, with a finale event taking place in Toronto in October.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to apply for awards recognizing diversity, business achievement, and the business support ecosystem. In addition to national recognition, recipients join an esteemed Alumni Network of former recipients, including entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson, former Governor General the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Wattpad Founder Allen Lau, Seafair Capital Founder Anne Whelan, Peace by Chocolate Founder Tareq Hadhad, and AccessNow Founder Maayan Ziv, amongst other leaders advancing and exemplifying Canadian entrepreneurship.

“The Startup Canada Awards have become Canada’s leading platform to honour those advancing Canada’s entrepreneurial economy and to inspire all of us to take bigger and bolder steps to make a difference here at home and globally,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and President of Startup Canada. “Startup Canada is proud to partner with Mastercard Canada to champion this year’s esteemed winners across Canada.”

“Entrepreneurs embody Canada’s competitive, innovative spirit,” said Jennifer Sloan, vice president of Public Policy for Mastercard in Canada. “Mastercard is proud to once again partner with Startup Canada to recognize those critical to Canada’s economic future.”

The 2019 Startup Canada supported by long standing Award sponsors including Intuit Quickbooks, Sovereign Insurance, Mastercard, UPS, the Business Development Bank of  Canada, and Scotiabank, and hosted in partnership with local hosting support partners including Startup Whitehorse, Startup Vancouver, Startup Edmonton, TEC Edmonton, Startup Ottawa, Invest Ottawa, D3 Innovation, Startup Montreal, and Startup Fredericton.

Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to submit nominations and apply until March 24th, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT. Regional award winners will be announced at Receptions across Canada in May and June, with the grand finale taking place in Toronto in October. The complete list of awards and criteria can be found at For nomination inquiries, please email

For media inquiries, please contact:
Maddie Stiles
Media Relations, Startup Canada
1-844-782-7801 ext. 105

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship. The objectives of the awards are to:

  • Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  • Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  • Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

2018 finalists and recipients can be found here, and highlights can be found here. Photos from the 2018 Startup Canada Awards can be found on the Startup Canada Flickr Page. For more information, visit

About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Canada serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population. Learn more at


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