Startup Nanaimo lead Kelsey Wolff shared news of their entry into the program with Robert Barron of the Nanaimo Daily News:
Kelsey Wolff said she was delighted when she was informed that her fledgling Startup Nanaimo group was just one of five organizations from across Canada to be invited to join Startup Canada this year.
Startup Canada is a national, grassroots, volunteer-run and entrepreneur-led movement designed to help speed the access of entrepreneurs to resources and mentorship needed to help accelerate the growth of their startup companies. The organization launched in 2012 with 15 pilot communities across the nation and, after careful consideration of numerous applicants from across Canada, Startup Canada has selected five new communities to become part of the organization in an announcement Thursday in Ottawa. Other than Nanaimo, the four other cities to be included this year are Calgary, Niagara, Peel and Waterloo.
“It was very overwhelming to learn that our application was successful, especially considering we were the only city in B.C. to be accepted in this round,” said Wolff, leader of Startup Nanaimo and a MBA student at Vancouver Island University, who eventually wants to open her own business in Nanaimo.