GoDaddy and Amber Mac launch contest offering entrepreneurs $5,000 in seed money

GoDaddy announced that it will work with tech journalist and TV personality Amber Mac to support Canadian entrepreneurs and small business owners by offering the opportunity to apply to a new program.

The program will give the selected participants access to web development services, mentorship from GoDaddy professionals, and $5,000 in seed money. GoDaddy and Mac will work together to choose the winners of the program.

“I am so excited to be working with GoDaddy as they support Canadians pursuing life fulfilling ventures.”

“I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life. I love that I am able to pursue what I love, am passionate about what I do, and am able to work when I want, where I want, and with whom I want,” said Mac, who is an tech entrepreneur and GoDaddy customer. “I am so excited to be working with GoDaddy as they support Canadians pursuing life fulfilling ventures. I can’t wait to go through all the submissions and help choose the winners.”

The announcement of supporting small business owners comes after an Ipsos Reid survey, commissioned by GoDaddy, found that 77 percent of Canadians said they want to be their own boss and start their own businesses. The survey also revealed that 61 percent of Canadians say starting a business is appealing because it can bring them the flexibility to work according to their own schedules and needs. Another GoDaddy survey last month indicated that nearly 50 percent of Canadian millennials said they intend to start a business as well.

With the announcement, GoDaddy says it is also opening a call for nominations to help three small business owners take their company to the next level by offering a prize of $5,000 and additional $2,500 credit for GoDaddy services that can be used over a 12 month period. Winners will be able to use the credit to access services like website development and optimization. To enter, a 250-word nomination explaining who deserves the prize and why must be submitted here.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.