Fact Sheet

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.

  • We celebrate and promote Canada as a global leader in entrepreneurship and a global destination for business and investment;
  • We invest in building strong Startup Communities in every city, town and region to create the foundations where future generations can strive for higher levels of prosperity and wellbeing;
  • We provide a national perspective, working with like-minded organizations and individuals to advocate for and advance entrepreneurial achievement and a first-adopter mindset across all sectors; and,
  • We champion entrepreneurship as a vehicle for inclusive economic growth because diversity is our greatest strength as a nation.


  1. Startup Canada Awards | The hallmark event celebrating outstanding achievement in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.
  • 17 awards categories for every entrepreneur and community builder.
  • 17 annual national awards winners and 66 regional winners.
  • 7 regional award ceremonies celebrating the best entrepreneurs across every region of Canada.
  • More than 10,000 social media posts and 2,000 online viewers celebrate the winners.  
  • The Awards Alumni Program in partnership with BDC celebrates and brings together more than 215 past winners to grow their businesses and advance Canadian entrepreneurship.
  1. Startup Canada Day on the Hill | Canada’s largest national entrepreneurship event convening decision makers, entrepreneurs, and community builders to showcase and raise the bar for Canada as a competitive innovation nation.
  • More than 100 meetings between delegates and their elected representatives.
  • More than 100 speakers inform and inspire decision makers and entrepreneurs alike.
  • More than 30 mentors share their experiences, failures, and learnings.  
  • More than 10,000 social media posts spread thought leadership across Canada.
  1. Digital Programs | National programs entertaining, inspiring, informing and connecting entrepreneurs.
  • Digital Programs are built upon Startup Canada’s national online community, which is nearly 130,000 strong and growing rapidly.
  • #StartupPodcast is a weekly show with 65,000 listeners.
  • #StartupChats is a bi-weekly Twitter Q&A that reaches 10 million social media users per event and trends weekly across Canada.
  • Digital Programs attract high profile guests including David Segal, Founder of David’s Tea and Nicole Verkindt, a Next Gen Den Dragon, and help to inspire the next generation of great Canadian entrepreneurs.