Startup Canada has opened nominations for its third annual Startup Canada Awards 2016, which recognizes companies driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.
Among its usual awards in categories like sustainable development, innovation, and international trade, Startup Canada announced six new awards. They include High-Growth Entrepreneurship Award, Women Entrepreneur Award, Indigenous Entrepreneur Award, Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, Resilient Entrepreneur Award, and the Startup Canada Policy Prize.
“The Canada of the 21st century will be defined by our ability to innovate, grow globally competitive businesses, and by a culture that recognizes entrepreneurial ambition and skills as a revered value,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and give a platform to Canada’s most entrepreneurial citizens to grow their companies and inspire the next set of changemakers to pursue their business ideas.”
Past recipients of the Startup Canada Awards include the former prime minister Paul Martin, menswear brand Frank + Oak, which recently relaunched its platform, Natalie Dakers, president and CEO of Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, and Communitech CEO Iain Klugman.
Individuals and businesses can submit nominations until July 20, 2016 at 11:59 ET. Regional award winners are announced at grassroots startup events across Canada in the fall fall, with the a final grand ceremony taking place in Toronto in November 2016.
Regional ceremonies will take place in the following locations:
Ignite Fredericton and the Startup Fredericton Task Force in Fredericton, NB
Spring.is in Vancouver, BC
Startup Whitehorse in Whitehorse, YT
Startup Waterloo in Waterloo, ON
TEC Edmonton in Edmonton, AB
La Gare in Montreal, QC