May 11, 2012
There has recently been a lot of buzz about Startup Canada, a volunteer-led Canadian organization that is creating a national movement of celebrating, promoting and supporting entrepreneurship across Canada. Startup Canada’s ambition is to shed light on Canadian entrepreneurship and to work with community members to foster innovation and provide the support that entrepreneurs need.
But how is Startup Canada taking it to a national level?
They’re spending seven months touring across each province to determine the challenges facing entrepreneurs across Canada. They’re also bringing awareness to various community partners, like MaRS, by providing an additional online platform showcasing over 250 Canadian entrepreneurs and engaging 25,000 Canadians in over 130 events.
Of these events, their signature town halls keep with their grassroots effort by enabling local entrepreneurs to come together to develop action plans and solutions to issues that they face in their communities.
Startup Canada kicked off their tour in Nova Scotia in March and held an official national launch on May 2 in Ottawa. The excitement around their initiative was felt throughout the day’s events with over 450 attendees and the support of many government officials, including John Baird and Stephen Harper.
After a visit to Prince Edward Island, they will be heading back to Ontario over the next two weeks, and then again in September. They will be visiting MaRS on May 18 to meet with our entrepreneurs and advisors.
Their Ontario tour schedule is as follows:
May 2: Ottawa national launch
May 14 and 15: Toronto
May 16 and 17: Waterloo
May 18: Toronto
May 22 and 23: Windsor
May 24: Markham and York Region
September 3 and 4: Sudbury
September 5: Kingston
September 6 and 7: Ottawa
For more information on Startup Canada, including town halls in your area and how to get involved, visit their website at www.startupcan.ca. You can also follow their Twitter updates along the tour at @startup_canada.