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What you need to know about the 2016 Startup Canada Awards

Recognize Outstanding Achievements in Canadian Entrepreneurship!

Startup Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Startup Canada Awards.  Help us put the national spotlight on the individuals and organizations that are driving impact in the Startup Youth community!

If you or someone you know is making Canada a better place to start and grow a business, whether it be through their support and promotion of entrepreneurship, or through their leadership as game-changing entrepreneurs, nominate them for the Startup Canada Awards

Past recipients of the Startup Canada Awards include the Hon. Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, menswear brand Frank and Oak, Natalie Dakers, President & CEO of Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator and Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech.


1) The Award Categories

In the third year of the program, Startup Canada has added six new awards for a total of 16 awards in four categories (see below):

Outstanding Impact and Enduring Legacy in Canadian Entrepreneurship

2) Nomination Deadline

The Nomination deadline is July 20, 2016 at 11:59:59 pm ET.  Individuals and organizations can self-nominate or nominate someone else for the Startup Canada Awards.

3) Red Carpet Events

Regional award winners will be announced at grassroots startup events across Canada this fall, with the grand finale taking place in Toronto in November 2016. The complete list of awards and criteria can be found at

Regional Awards Ceremonies will be hosted by entrepreneur support partners in cities across Canada this fall. We are happy to be partnering with the following organizations for the Startup Canada Awards Regional Ceremonies:

  • Ignite Fredericton & the Startup Fredericton Task Force in Fredericton, NB
  • in Vancouver, BC
  • Startup Whitehorse in Whitehorse, YT
  • Startup Waterloo in Waterloo, ON
  • TEC Edmonton in Edmonton, AB
  • La Gare in Montreal, QC

Join us as we recognize the people and organizations in our community that are making a difference. For more information, please email