Canada was buzzing with activity this November for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2019, joining more than 170 countries in the largest celebration of entrepreneurship.
GEW 2019 centred around the themes of education, ecosystems, inclusion and policy. Futurpreneur Canada celebrated as the national host with a schedule of digital and in-person events across the country, including the popular annual GEW Community Challenge.
See how we celebrated GEW in Canada.
Entrepreneurs, small business owners and communities nationwide were invited to participate in the annual Futurpreneur Canada GEW Community Challenge. Members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem were asked to host and register their GEW events to be in the running for the title of The Most Entrepreneurial City in Canada.
Based on the recorded number of GEW-related events hosted per capita, we’re thrilled to announce that The Most Entrepreneurial City in Canada for 2019 is…
Congratulations to the community of Fredericton on this achievement – a testament to your passion and support of entrepreneurship!
Special mention to Montreal who hosted the most events per city with a total of 50 events during GEW/SME!
After a record 5,900 votes, we launched GEW 2019 with an announcement of our 2019 Futurpreneur Canada Award Winners. The Futurpreneur-supported entrepreneurs and volunteer mentor were recognized for their leadership, innovation and positive contribution to the entrepreneurship and small business.
Meet our 2019 Award Winners here
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, joined us in Ottawa for our celebration of entrepreneurship at Trailblazers: GEW SME. Hosted at the Shopify HQ, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada, our trademark speaker series saw some of Ottawa’s leading young entrepreneurs take to the stage to share insights on their business journeys, and the value of fostering inclusion in entrepreneurship.
A huge thanks to our speakers: Nita Tandon of Dalcini Inc., Dr. Shayne Young of Active Health Institute, Maria Rasouli of Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals, and Liz Mok of Moo Shu Ice Cream. Special thanks also to our panel moderator Dorothy Rhau, social entrepreneur and stand-up comedian.
Coinciding with GEW, Financial Literacy Month in November gave us the opportunity to share key knowledge and insights for financial management as business owners in our digital Instagram TV series, #GetFinLit.
Featured guests and topics included:
When Are You Financially Ready To Launch A Business?
Carolyn Crewe and Josh Beitel, Duckish Natural Skincare
Comment maintenir un bon score de crédit?
Taïna DiNapoli, Di Napoli Café
Tools to Manage Your Business Finances
Tariq Al-Barwani, Plentea
How a Financial Management Tool Can Help Your Business
Melika Hope, Intuit QuickBooks Canada
Watch the series here
We were excited to partner with Enactus Canada and League of Innovators for a special GEW event in Vancouver, Social Enterprise Stories.
Futurpreneur-supported Blyth Gill, owner and founder of zero-waste, circular clothing service, Tradle, joined a panel of local small business owners who have used their entrepreneurial acumen and drive for social impact in their “real-world” work.
In Montreal we partnered with Réseau M for Rendez-vous Réseau M 2019. Futurpreneur Canada’s G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (YEA) Sherpa, Mégane Visette, along with G20YEA Alumni and thriving entrepreneur, Alexandra Hamel, took to the stage to talk about growing internationally and representing Quebec entrepreneurship on the global stage.
New and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at Spaces Queen West in Toronto for Pitch Perfect, a pitch competition with a chance for two businesses to win a $1,000 cash prize, thanks to our partner TruShield Insurance.
After two rounds of pitches, we congratulated Afnan Attia of soon-to-launch Snuggles n Bubbles, and Max Gajdel of booming business Stan A.I.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019!