Qanik DX wins Ottawa Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition and moves onto National Final Showdown

Ottawa, ON – June 3rd, 2019 | Today, Qanik DX was named the winner of the Ottawa Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition. Entrepreneur Sonya Satveit won $2,500 and a trip to Toronto where she will compete head-to-head against six regional finalists for the grand prize of $25,000 and up to $100,000 in in-kind scaling support.

Based in Uxbridge, Ontario, Qanik DX is a direct-to-consumer medical device company that allows women to measure and monitor their hormone health in the comfort of their own homes. After Satveit spent years seeking answers to her own health issues, she took matters into her own hands and began researching hormone health – quickly realizing the issue of non-accessible hormone testing was world-wide. Since then, she developed the QT Smart Cartridge, a self-registering smart health-tech product that’s available without a doctor’s prescription.

“As an entrepreneur, we are always looking for capital. It’s great to be recognized for the hard work I have been doing for many years,” said Sonya Satveit, Founder & CEO of Qanik DX. “I was also blown away by the other people pitching at the Canadian Export Challenge – they’re doing amazing things. I learned a lot and met a lot of incredible people who I will connect with later on.”

“When entrepreneur’s start a business that was inspired by something close to them, you can see their passion in everything they do and accomplish. Sonya is one of those people, and Qanik DX is a passion-fueled enterprise that can shape women’s health globally,” said Rachelle DeSorcy, Canadian Export Challenge Lead at Startup Canada. “We’re delighted to see Qanik DX win the Ottawa Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition and know they will proudly represent Ontario entrepreneurs in Toronto in October at the Final Showdown.”

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

Sonya Satveit is set to travel to Toronto to represent the Nation’s Capital 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 Mississauga, Fredericton and Montreal in the upcoming weeks.

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

Rachelle DeSorcy
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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