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Cross-country tour exposes gaps for startups Add to ...

The International Startup Festival, Montreal: The festival brings together Montreal’s entrepreneurs with those from across Canada and the world to learn from and connect with other entrepreneurs with some friendly competition and celebration of some of the world’s most exciting startups.

Notman House, Montreal: A new co-working space for Montreal’s entrepreneur community to come together to work, participate in events and programming. Working in a place together helps to create a central ‘home’ for entrepreneurship in the city.


Discovery 2012, Toronto, Two-day event bringing together Ontario’s innovation community in one place to connect, celebrate entrepreneurship and showcase startups, innovations and entrepreneurs.

The Next 36, Toronto. Program invests in high-potential university students and supports them in developing startups that solve real world challenges; investing in the next generation of business leaders.

HyperDrive, Waterloo, Ont.: A new accelerator fund program backed by OMERS Ventures within Communitech that is investing in startups and helping them to scale and grow their ventures.

Windsor Scavenger Hunt,Windsor, Ont. City-wide scavenger hunt competition to encourage local residents to visit locally owned shops to encourage greater awareness of the vibrant local business community.

York Technology Awards, York Region, Ont.: Award ceremony promoting and recognizing some of the regions most innovative and big-thinking entrepreneurs.

Wine Down at the Hub, Ottawa,. Weekly Friday evening networking events at the Hub Ottawa co-working space welcoming the Ottawa community into a ‘cool’ social innovation co-working space in the heart of the city.


AssentWorks, Winnipeg: Space for entrepreneurs building products to build and work with other entrepreneurs.

Venture Challenge: A province-wide competition celebrating and showcasing the top entrepreneurs in the province.


MOSO, Saskatoon: Bringing together the tech entrepreneurial community across Saskatchewan to meet with organizations that support entrepreneurs and to connect with other entrepreneurs.

Kolo Saskatoon: A community of entrepreneurs and enterprise support professional.


Accelerate, Edmonton: In partnership with the C100, hundreds of entrepreneurs embark upon the city to connect with entrepreneurs and investors from across Canada and the Valley and celebrate entrepreneurship in Alberta.

Startup Camp, Calgary. Pioneered by Boast Capital and in partnership with Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play, top companies in Alberta are being supported with funding, space and mentors to participate in an accelerated camp to ramp up their ventures.

TechConnect, Lethbridge: A new acceleration centre based in Lethbridge that provides high-growth innovative firms with space, mentors, access to funding, support and programs to help to leverage global markets and investors.

British Columbia

Accelerate Okanagan, Kelowna, BC: Spearheaded by entrepreneur Jeff Keen to create an ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs across the Okanagan leading to unprecedented results in its first 18 months.

The Mirimachi Vineyards Association, Penticton, B.C.: An entrepreneur-led association, independent of government stimulus that helped to transition the region from a cheap family vacationing destination to a agri-tourism hotspot attracting global, elite tourists to the region, opening up new markets and opportunities.

Launch Academy, Vancouver: Founded by entrepreneur and co-founder of GrowLab Mike Edwards, this program provides entrepreneurs with critical education while building their companies to prepare them for accelerator programs Motto: “Get Sh*t Done.”

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