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Canadian companies face off against global competitors


Some of Canada’s most promising startups in the energy, health care, education and smart-city sectors faced off Wednesday night as part of an international competition hosted by Washington-based incubator and investment fund 1776, in partnership with Toronto-based accelerator INcubes.

The Challenge Cup will visit a total of 16 startup hubs around the world, searching for leaders in their fields and bringing one qualifier in each category from each city to Washington for a final competition in May.

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Starter Company helps young adults pursue entrepreneurial dreams

Rob Belchior

Small business has been the backbone of the Canadian economy for generations, and although starting a small business may come easy for some, for many it is an endeavour that requires patience, focus, and trust in others almost as much as trust in self.

This last point is part of the impetus behind the province of Ontario's new Youth Jobs Strategy and focus on young entrepreneurs: Starter Company. Ontario residents ages 18 to 29 may have a great business idea, but many don't know who can help make that idea a reality. In short, they require trust in others (e.g. government services) to get that first business going.

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