Montréal, QC – June 17, 2019 | Today, Startup Canada celebrated and recognized the top entrepreneurs, businesses and support organizations in Quebec at the 2019 Startup Canada Awards – Quebec Region ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Déborah Cherenfant, Business Outreach and BCF Imagine Ambassador.

Nine winners from across the province were announced at the highly-anticipated ceremony held at Scena – located in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port. The evening’s guests included leading Canadian investors, innovators, and anchor company executives.

“Congratulations to the 2019  winners of the Startup Canada Awards,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and President of Startup Canada. “Each and every one of these outstanding recipients has an immense impact on the future of Canada and they all represent the greatness and diversity of our nation’s entrepreneurship community. We are proud to celebrate excellence and impact across Canada by recognizing the entrepreneurs, innovators and support ecosystem making it happen.”

The 2019 Quebec Region Winners are:

Angelique Mannella (Montréal, QC)
Entrepreneur Promotion Award
sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks

OSMO (Montréal, QC)
Entrepreneur Support Award
sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks

Hopper (Montréal, QC)
Global Entrepreneurship Award
sponsored by UPS Canada

Deeplite (Montréal, QC)
Innovation Award
sponsored by Intuit Quickbooks

Pow Wow Pitch (Gatineau, QC)
Social Enterprise Award
sponsored by Sovereign Insurance

Lightspeed (Montréal, QC)
High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by Mastercard Canada

Francine Whiteduck (Anishinabeg from Kitigan Zibi First Nation)
Woman Entrepreneur Award
sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada

Sober AI (Montréal, QC)
Young Entrepreneur Award
sponsored by Scotiabank

Vickie Joseph  (Montréal, QC)
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
sponsored by Scotiabank

In addition to the regional winners, the Startup Canada Awards Adjudication Committee also recognized three other outstanding entrepreneurs and businesses as honourable mentions during the ceremony. Honourable mentions went to Bruner Nozière, Marie-Pier Hebert, and Ellicom Inc.

The regional winners will now be evaluated by the National Adjudication Committee; comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts. The national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Toronto in October 2019.

The Startup Canada Awards are supported by organizations from across Canada

The Startup Canada Awards are proudly supported by presenting sponsors Intuit Quickbooks and Sovereign Insurance; in partnership with Business Development Bank of Canada, UPS Canada, Scotiabank, and Mastercard Canada; with special supported by African Bronze Honey, Abeego, Firebean Coffee, Newfoundland Chocolate Company, Drizzle, Manitobah Mukluks, Her Braids, and Purdy’s Chocolatier.

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Rachelle DeSorcy
Media Relations, Startup Canada


The annual Startup Canada Awards are the hallmark event that celebrate and recognize those driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community. The objectives of the Startup Canada 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 and innovation community.

For more information, visit www.startupaward.ca.


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.

Maria Aponte

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