Startup Canada will be showcasing Toronto’s top entrepreneurial talent this week as part of a two-week celebration of entrepreneurship in Ontario, the third stop in Startup Canada’s six-month National Tour. The Tour, which launched in March, is travelling across the country to promote entrepreneurship, identify key challenges facing Canadian entrepreneurs, and ignite new community-led solutions to those challenges.
“Over the past few years, Ontario has built a fantastic network and ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovation, in which MaRS is an enthusiastic participant. We look forward to working with Startup Canada to strengthen and celebrate these efforts, and expand the network of entrepreneurs and support communities across Canada,” said Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District.
The Tour’s first stop in Toronto is to attend Discovery 12, Ontario Centres of Excellence’s annual conference, which is bringing together nearly 2,600 industry professionals, innovators, investors, scientists, researchers and government representatives. “Discovery is the perfect launch pad for Startup Canada’s Ontario tour and we are proud to support the initiative,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence. “Innovation is the engine of entrepreneurship and Discovery is the province’s premier innovation showcase and the hub that connects everything together in one place.”
Tonight, Startup Canada is also co-hosting a special event the Centre for Social Innovation to explore and prioritize strategies for boosting social innovation and social enterprise in Canada. “We are delighted to be part of Startup Canada, an essential and timely effort to improve the landscape for start-ups across our country,” said Eli Malinsky, Director, Programs & Partnerships with the Centre for Social Innovation. “We’re especially pleased to add a dose of ‘social’ to the mix, as we work to create more and better supports for social entrepreneurs and social ventures in Canada.”
Startup Canada will be visiting Waterloo, Windsor and the York Region before moving on to New Brunswick at the end of May and heading west to the prairies in June. Techvibes is a proud sponsor of Startup Canada.