If you love to surround yourself with people who are passionate about building new businesses and creating better workplaces, you should look up Startup Canada. This volunteer-driven organization aims to make Canada “the best place in the world to start and grow a business.”
I had the pleasure of attending the British Columbia Startup Canada Awards and Fireside Chats held at HootSuite’s head office in Vancouver. In the photo above are some of the great folks who are responsible for making this event happen. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds and age groups; some are barely into their twenties, while others have been in business for decades. What they all have in common is dedication and belief. Many of them shared their stories and their enthusiasm with us through a series of fireside chats moderated by Kemp Edmonds.
Our BC winners continue on to the National Adjudication Committee to compete on a national basis. Winners of national awards will be celebrated in Toronto on June 12th.
Here are some of the live tweets that went out during the ceremony in Vancouver.
British Columbia Award Winners
Entrepreneurial Effect Award: Grow Conference
Startup Community of the Year: Startup PG
Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year: University of Victoria
Incubator/Accelerator of the Year: Growlab
Government Organization of the Year: BC Innovation Council
Non-Profit Support Organization of the Year: Futurpreneur Canada (formerly called CYBF BC)
Anchor Company of the Year: HootSuite
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Year: Dan Gunn
Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year: Ray Walia
Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year: Brent Mainprize
Media Person of the Year: Rob Lewis
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Boris Martin
Team photo: Flickr – Cyprian Szalankiewicz/Startup Canada
Twitter photos: Susan Wright-Boucher, Raj Shetgar, Miss Marketing, Vivian Chan
Awards: Susan Wright-Boucher