Startup Canada campaign gives entrepreneurs a say in next federal budget

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Startup Canada is launching a campaign to allow every entrepreneur to voice their opinion in the Canadian government’s pre-budget consultations.

The organization is partnering with OneStory, a Saskatoon-based startup that allows people and organizations to crowdsource video interviews on its platform to help tell a story.

“As Prime Minister Trudeau alluded to at the World Economic Forum last week, our entrepreneurs are Canada’s greatest resources, ” said Victoria Lennox, Startup Canada co-founder and CEO. “But to create jobs and grow the economy, the federal government has to unlock the full entrepreneurial potential of Canadians by better supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of growth, from all backgrounds, and in communities of all sizes.”

Entrepreneurs can share a one to two minute video on the Startup Canada website which answers the question of how entrepreneurs can be best supported to help grow the Canadian economy. Startup Canada will then push them to Twitter using the #EveryEntrepreneur and #PBC16 (Pre-Budget Consultations 2016) hashtags, and will tag Justin Trudeau, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, and Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger in tweets to raise awareness.

“Despite great strides in recent years to build up the infrastructure of entrepreneurship and innovation, there remains much to be done to create a sustainable, national, high-impact startup ecosystem,” said Lennox. “Canada’s entrepreneurship community is evolving rapidly and only through an open and collaborative dialogue can we ensure that national investments consider not just the needs of today, but also create long-term solutions for small business success.”

Entrepreneurs can also join #Startupchats hosted by Startup Canada on February 3, which will also be a pre-budget consultation with the startup and small business community. All Canadians have the opportunity to contribute to pre-budget consultations until early February.

Check out Startup Canada’s promo video here:

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