Canadian entrepreneurs boosted by addition of new communities to Startup Canada’s network.
OTTAWA, November 21, 2013 – Startup Canada announced the top five cities selected to join its national infrastructure of Startup Canada Communities today. Startup Canada Communities is a national grassroots network speeding access of entrepreneurs to resources and mentorship to accelerate the growth of startups.
Startup Canada Communities launched with 15 pilot communities in May 2013. The new Startup Canada Communities announced today are:
• Startup Calgary
• Startup Nanaimo
• Startup Niagara
• Startup Peel
• Startup Waterloo
Throughout the year, the Startup Canada Communities will engage entrepreneurs through regular organized events including seminars, networking events, Startup Weekends, and will share their stories on social media. Once a month, Startup Canada Community leaders convene online to exchange ideas, discuss mutual challenges and share best practices.
“We are pleased to see some of Canada’s most innovative communities joining this national grassroots network,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and co-founder of Startup Canada. “This is an endorsement of Startup Canada’s philosophy that a stronger national network of entrepreneurs starts with more robust local networks.”
Startup Canada Communities are entrepreneur-led and partnered with local community organizations and institutions that have long-term commitments to keep entrepreneurs connected within and beyond their regions.
“The City of Waterloo, jointly with the other Municipalities of Waterloo Region, is excited to be joining Startup Canada Communities,” said Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo. “Having collaborated with several business incubators, we have witnessed the launch and growth of over 1000 startups, and are now in a position to share our expertise with other communities. We are passionate about this initiative because it allows us to pay it forward and we are thrilled to engage and mentor the next wave of creative entrepreneurial minds across Canada.”
The leaders, entrepreneur members, and partners of new and existing Startup Canada Communities will work together to foster local startup growth through enhanced national connectivity. “Our startup community in Prince George would not have grown as quickly as it did this past year had we not been a part of Startup Canada,” said Shauna Harper, leader of Startup Prince George. Startup Prince George is one of the pilot communities launched in May 2013.
“We were able to learn from other communities in different parts of the country through Startup Canada’s collaborative network,” said Harper.
Inspired by activity in other Startup Communities, Startup Prince George held two Startup Weekends this year, a 3-D printing night and monthly Startup Meetups with members of nearby community Startup Smithers.
The new Startup Canada Communities were announced at Startup Canada Day on the Hill, a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurship bringing entrepreneurs and policy makers together on Parliament Hill for a discussion on the important role entrepreneurs play in the Canadian economy.