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!
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):

Advancing the Environment and Culture for Entrepreneurship in Canada

Entrepreneur-Led Businesses Demonstrating Excellence
Startup Canada Global Entrepreneurship Award
Startup Canada Innovation Aawrd
Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award
Startup Canada High Growth Entrepreneurship Award

Entrepreneurs Who Embody the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award
Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award
Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award
Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award (National Only)
Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award (National Only)
Startup Canada Resilient Entrepreneur Award (National Only)

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