ECB Verdyol wins Winnipeg Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition and moves onto National Final Showdown

Winnipeg, MBMay 10, 2019 | Yesterday, ECB Verdyol was named the winner of the Winnipeg Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition. CEO Mark Myrowich won $2,500 and a trip to Toronto where he will compete head-to-head against seven regional finalists for the grand prize of $25,000 and up to $100,000 in in-kind scaling support.

Manitoba-based company ECB Verdyol is a soil amendment that supports the growth of newly seeded vegetation and works to sustain poor soils caused by construction. Acting as a tool for erosion control, the “Erosion Control Blanket” (ECB) makes the subsoil act like topsoil to kick start the nutrient cycling and feed plants. The product is manufactured in Manitoba from 100% Canadian inputs.

“The connections made today from attending the Canadian Export Challenge will help everyone to understand what entrepreneurs in Manitoba are doing. I am so impressed by the great ideas in this province, and I am excited to see the other ideas across Canada,” said Mark Myrowich, CEO of ECB Verdyol. “The Canadian Export Challenge gives a platform for entrepreneurs to share ideas, and what we are working on, which is often hard to find. I really appreciate this opportunity.”

“We are thrilled to see ECB Verdyol take home the first pitch competition prize in Winnipeg,” said Rachelle DeSorcy, Canadian Export Challenge Lead, Startup Canada. “This is the type of innovation and company that has the potential to scale and create opportunities in Manitoba, across Canada, and ultimately, the world. We know Mark and his team will represent Manitoba with pride in Toronto in October.”

Presented by Startup Canada in collaboration with UPS Canada®, Export Development Canada, and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Canadian Export Challenge in Winnipeg showcased and supported more than 100 borderless businesses to go global.

Myrowich is set to travel to Toronto to represent Manitoba global companies in October during Small Business Week, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to win the grand prize and title as Canada’s 2019 Global Entrepreneur, receiving a host of support and funds.

Follow the Canadian Export Challenge as it makes its other stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Mississauga, Fredericton and Montreal during the Spring.

For more information, to schedule interviews, and to secure your media pass at the Pitch Competition Final Showdown, please contact:

Maddie Stiles
Media Relations, Startup Canada

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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About Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian companies of all sizes go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies. For more information about how EDC can help your company, call us at 1-888-434-8508 or visit

About the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is Canada’s largest network of international business professionals – specialists with field access to global business opportunities to help Canadian companies succeed in markets spanning the globe. With over 120 years’ experience, the TCS is the go-to service for international business expertise and helps Canadian companies navigate the complexities of international markets with on-the-ground assistance available in over 161 cities worldwide. With a network of over 1,300 Trade Commissioners around the world, of which a large majority are locally engaged experts in their respective markets, the TCS also includes the Regional Business Network, which provides on-the-ground client service across Canada through 5 Regional Office hubs and Client Service Satellite offices co-located with partners in every province of Canada. By delivering tailored advice, the TCS helps Canadian businesses gain market insight, find new opportunities, connect with key contacts, and resolve business problems, so that they may make better, timelier decisions, propelling them to global growth. For more information, visit



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