On May 2, Startup Canada, a national entrepreneur-led non-profit movement, will launch its flagship venture, Startup Canada Communities, trailblazing a new approach to supporting entrepreneurs – from the bottom-up.
Startup Canada Communities provides entrepreneurs with access to mentors, workspace, and funding to start and grow their businesses and to connect with other startup founders. Local networked websites and grassroots entrepreneur-led events and activities will unite and strengthen each startup community.
The project will initially pilot in 15 communities across Canada in 2013 to develop and refine the model. The first 15 pilot communities are St. John’s, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, York Region, London, Kingston, Winnipeg, Calgary, Lethbridge, Smithers, Prince George, and Langford.
Thursday, May 2
Startup Canada Communities launches across Canada (www.startupcommunities.ca)
Social Media Launch
- 1 – 2pm: Re-Inventing Canada – The Case for Startup Communities
Twitter Chat: #startupc2c – Featuring Rivers Corbett (Startup Fredericton), Shauna Harper (Startup Prince George) and Chris Johnson (Ramp Up Manitoba)
- 3 – 4pm EST: From the Ground Up – Building a Startup Community
Twitter Chat: #startupc2c – Featuring Ken Bautista (Startup Edmonton)
- 4 – 5pm EST: Startup Canada Communities – The New Social Network
Twitter Chat: #startupc2c – Featuring Startup Canada co-founder and CEO Victoria Lennox
- 6 – 7 pm EST: FEATURE EVENT – The Global Startup Movement
Google Hangout – Chaired by Rick Spence (Entrepreneur Columnist with the National Post)
Featuring a special video from Brad Feld (VC and Tech Stars co-founder) and Panel with Jonathan Ortmans (President of Global Entrepreneurship Week) and Bjoern Herrmann (Founder of Startup Genome)
See the calendar of events for the day: http://www.startupcan.ca/2013/04/24/join-the-startup-canada-communities-launch/