Help build Startup Canada - Canada's entrepreneurship network

Help us build Startup Canada Connect, a national online platform for entrepreneurs to plug into the startup community
Victoria Lennox
Small Business
Ottawa, Ontario
6 Team Members

Help Take Startup Canada to the Next Level 

One of the key messages we heard from entrepreneurs during the Startup Canada six-month National Tour was the need for a One-Stop-Shop to help Canadian entrepreneurs quickly and effectively plug into their local and national startup communities, to access support as and when they need it.

Startup Canada, as a volunteer-run, non-profit initiative, is seeking funds to build Startup Canada Connect as an online extension of its on-the-ground community and to create a central meeting place for Canadian entrepreneurs to connect with support, resources, associations, communities, news, events, and mentors. Startup Canada Connect will help entrepreneurs plug into local and national networks like never before, opening new doors of opportunity, inspiring startups across all sectors, and improving entrepreneurs’ access to tools for success, no matter where they are located in Canada.

Startup Canada Connect will be free, dynamic, comprehensive, personalized, underpinned by startup communities on the ground, and built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. 

Step up to Start UP Canada and help fuel the next phase of this entrepreneurial movement. Together we will connect Canadian entrepreneurs nation-wide to support and accelerate their success. 

What We Need to Get There

To do this, we need $100,000 to build a highly functional, user-friendly, personalized online platform for Canadian entrepreneurs to access the right support and networks as and when they need them. This platform will enable entrepreneurs to plug into the local and national startup ecoystem at any phase of their startup journey. Help us support more than 1 million small businesses and connect the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs into a dynamic, national network to accelerate their growth.

With your support we will build the platform, ready to launch May 2013. 

The site will be completely free for entrepreneurs and any profits generated by Startup Canada will be directed back into the community - meaning that Startup Canada will not only support startups online but will also work with local communities to ensure the next generation of Canadian startups have the support they need on the ground.

How You Can Help?

  • Donate what you can - every bit counts! Let's show the power of crowd. 
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What is Startup Canada?

Startup Canada is a grassroots, entrepreneur-led, volunteer-run, non-profit network that launched in May 2012 to bring together and give a voice to the Canadian entrepreneurship community and to promote a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.

Since launching, Startup Canada embarked on a six-month National Tour as a cross-Canada community-building exercise and to kick-start a conversation about how we can better support Canadian entrepreneurs and cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship. The Tour brought together 20,000 Canadians and 300 partners through 200 events fuelled by hundreds of volunteers.

The Tour provided a platform for the Canadian entrepreneurship community to come together, share ideas, identify gaps and opportunities, and commit to community-level action. Collectively, participants gave life to more than a dozen community-led projects, and for the first time, the Canadian entrepreneurship community connected in a common activity and conversation that will continue online and offline.

In 2013, Startup Canada will build on its grassroots entrepreneurial agenda to create a stronger, more competitive and more prosperous Canada through:

  • Facilitating a national network of strong startup communities;
  • Connecting entrepreneurs into these communities to accelerate their growth; and,
  • Celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship as something to aspire to and key to Canada’s prosperity.

As a volunteer-run organization, STARTING UP CANADA will require all of us pulling together in the same direction. Take action today by supporting the Startup Canada movement.



Pendant la tournée pancanadienne de Startup Canada, une tournée s’étalant sur 6 mois, un des messages clés communiqué par les entrepreneurs a été ce besoin de créer un ‘guichet unique’. Cet outil en ligne aiderait les entrepreneurs canadiens à entrer en contact de façon rapide et efficace, tant avec la communauté locale que nationale de startups afin d’avoir accès au soutien qu’ils ont besoin, quand ils en ont besoin.

Startup Canada est à la recherche du financement nécessaire pour mettre en place Startup Canada Connexion. Cette plateforme sera un lieu de rencontre pour les entrepreneurs canadiens afin qu’ils puissent accéder au soutien, aux ressources, aux occasions d’affaires, aux associations, aux communautés, aux évènements, aux mentors et ainsi de suite. Bref, cet outil leur ouvrira les portes à l’apprentissage et à l’inspiration, en aidant les entrepreneurs à entrer en contact avec leur réseau local et national afin d’amener leur entreprise au prochain niveau.  

Startup Canada Connexion sera non seulement une plateforme  gratuite, dynamique, compréhensive et personnalisée, mais surtout une plateforme soutenue par la communauté des startups elle-même. Cet outil sera pensé par des entrepreneurs pour des entrepreneurs. Mise en place pour contribuer au succès des entreprises en démarrage et les aider à franchir les prochaines étapes, c’est ensemble que cette prochaine phase de ce mouvement entrepreneurial prendra son envol.

Avec votre soutien, nous lancerons la plateforme en Mai 2013.

Le site sera complètement gratuit pour les entrepreneurs et tous profits générés par Startup Canada seront redonnés à la communauté. Autrement dit, Startup Canada soutiendra non seulement les startups présents en ligne mais travaillera aussi avec les communautés locales pour assurer que la prochaine génération d’entreprises en démarrage canadiennes aura le soutien dont elle a besoin sur le terrain. 

Comment pouvez-vous aider?

  • Donnez ce que vous pouvez – chaque dollar compte! Démontrons ensemble le pouvoir de la collectivité.
  • Diffusez le message et faites vous entendre en partageant les outils d’Indiegogo dans votre réseau personnel et professionnel, ainsi que sur les réseaux sociaux. 



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This campaign ended on January 31, 2013
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  • $25USD

    Startup Canada Awareness Band & Laptop Sticker. Your name on the website. Public shout out on Facebook

    78 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    Memories of the Tour

    2013 Calendar featuring the best photos from the 2012 Startup Canada Tour + Everything listed before

    15 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $100USD

    Startup Canada Tee + Everything listed before

    23 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $250USD
    Individual Benefactor

    Letter from Startup Canada's Chairman, Special Copy of 'Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson' signed by Author Andrea Mandel Campbell + Everything listed before

    19 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $500USD
    Heritage Supporter

    Letter from Startup Canada's Chairman and a framed photo from the Startup Canada Tour + Everything listed before

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Community Collaborator

    Logo, link and description on the Website as an official Startup Canada Collaborator, VIP invitations to all major 2013 events, and opportunity to beta test Startup Canada Connect. + Everything included in the Heritage Package - Non-Profits Only.

    13 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Startup Collaborator

    Logo, link and description on Website as an official Startup Canada Collaborator with VIP invitations to all major 2013 events, and opportunity to beta test Startup Canada Connect. + Everything included in the Heritage Package. Startups Only.

    4 out of 20 claimed
  • $10,000USD
    Startup Canada Visit

    One-day visit by Startup Canada co-founder and CEO, Victoria Lennox for one-to-one or group meetings, workshops, panels and keynotes about the detailed learnings, best practices, and the state of the entrepreneurial landscape in Canada. + Everything included in the Heritage Package

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $25,000USD
    Startup Benefactor

    Photo, bio and recognition as a Benefactor of Startup Canada on our Website, invitation to a private lunch with the Startup Canada Board, VIP invites to Startup Canada events and a Startup Canada Plaque

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