Give your innovative start-up a fuel injection!

Are you a young entrepreneur, aged 18 – 39, ready to give your innovative start-up the power it needs to take it to the next level?

Does your start-up have national and even international expansion potential?

Are you equipped with a sound business plan, an innovative spirit and the passion to push boundaries?

If so, the Spin Master Innovation Fund may be just what you need!

What do we mean by ‘innovative’ entrepreneurs? Check out our criteria here.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF) and Spin Master Ltd., Canada’s most innovative toy company, are teaming up to offer financing, mentoring, an exclusive innovation workshop and more to innovative entrepreneurs through the Spin Master Innovation Fund.

The 2014 recipients of the Spin Master Innovation Fund are:

Beeye (Montreal, QC). Entrepreneurs: Adrien Sicard and Julie Delisle. Beyee is a web-based business intelligence (BI) software system designed for small to medium sized businesses, enabling managers to visualize, plan and balance human resources and financial activities. www.mybeeye.com.

BiogeniQ (Montreal, QC). Entrepreneur: Etienne Crevier. BiogeniQ provides personalized health assessments using genetic testing at the disease, ancestry, pharmacological and nutrition level. www.Biogeniq.ca.

Early Entrepreneurs Inc. (Vancouver, BC). Entrepreneur: Kimberly Cope. Early Entrepreneurs Inc. provides seed funding to classrooms of students in Grades 4-12 to create and start their own social venture. Students gain hands-on experience starting and running a real business, and at the end of the term their profits are donated to charity. www.earlyentrepreneurs.ca.

Exigence Technologies Inc. (Winnipeg, MB). Entrepreneurs: Zach Wolff, Sheri Governo, Natalio Javier Nudler. Exigence Technologies Inc. has licensed the most advanced antimicrobial compound that can be applied to textiles and used in laundering garments in the health-care and hospitality industries to reduce the spread of infection. www.exigencetechnologies.com.

First Systems Filing Inc. (Regina, SK). Entrepreneurs: Cecile Brass & Trevor Schleede. First Systems Filing Inc. is a full-service record and information management (RIM) company developing tailored solutions for First Nations communities. Some of the services First Systems Filing Inc. provides are training for employees on RIM, archival, audio/video services, proposal writing for funding for implementation and policy development. www.firstsystemsfiling.com.

Idénergie (Montreal, QC). Entrepreneurs: Denis Bastien and Pierre Blanchet. Idénergie has developed a portable river turbine that joins with existing renewable energy technologies to provide a reliable source of green energy. www.idenergie.ca.

Notetracks (Montreal, QC). Entrepreneur: Kamlesh Lal. Notetracks is an iOS application designed for audio and music students and professionals to take descriptive notes of audio content while simultaneously listening to the audio track. www.notetracks.com.

Permission Click Inc. (Winnipeg, MB). Entrepreneur: Chris Johnson. Permission Click is a company and an application that creates digital permission slips and facilitates payment collection for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools, allowing parents to approve attendance and pay for events in seconds on any device. www.permissionclick.com.

Ratomic Lab (CycleMap), (Quebec, QC). Entrepreneurs: David Bourdreault and Olivier Carbonneau. CycleMap is an iOS application designed by Ratomic Lab to help cyclists around the world find bike lanes and routes worldwide, providing users with relevant information such as the type of lane, surface and elevation, and also includes features such as bike share stations, stores and offline map use. www.cyclemapapp.com.

The Spin Master Fund gives you

  • Up to $50,000 in start-up financing provided by Futurpreneur Canada and The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). We believe in character; no collateral is required. You’ll receive low interest rates with no principal repayment in the first year. For full details on financing, click here.
  • A hand-matched mentor from Futurpreneur Canada’s industry-leading mentoring program, as well as access to key business leaders for expert advice to help you navigate the challenges of launching and growing your start-up.
  • A paid trip to Toronto in the fall to attend the two-day Innovation Launch Pad Workshop where you will meet one-on-one with Spin Master executives to get advice, guidance and contacts.
  • A connection to Futurpreneur Canada’s community of over 5,000 members including entrepreneurs and mentors through networking and peer-mentoring opportunities (both local and virtual), and access to helpful business tools through Futurpreneur Canada’s online Business Resource Centre.
  • A second paid trip to Toronto in the spring to attend the two-day Accelerator Workshop to meet the full cohort of program alumni, reconnect with Spin Master executives and participate in exciting professional development opportunities.

Questions? Contact us at innovation@futurpreneur.ca.