Canadian Export Challenge

It’s time to take your business to the next level with #CXC2020.

Looking to enter new markets, but now sure where to begin?

The 2020 Canadian Export Challenge is the first nationwide, fully-digital pitch competition for Canadian entrepreneurs looking to go global. This year applicants can apply online, and submit their first-round pitch through a 90 second video.

This September, regional entrepreneurs will be pitching to win $5,000 (scale-up category), $2,500 (startup category), and a chance to win up to $25,000 and up to an additional $100,000 in in-kind scaling support at the Grand Finale in October.

Here’s an exclusive look at some of the entrepreneurs you’ll hear from across the 5 regional events:


A one-day Global Accelerator is an event designed to get your company export-ready! There will be workshops, panels, and keynotes from industry experts—and opportunities to connect one-on-one with Canada’s global expansion support providers and gain privileged access to trade information, market intelligence, global accelerators, and more!

Each regional event also has two pitch competitions—one for startups and one for scale-ups. Competing entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch to win $2,500 (startup category) and $5,000 (scale-up category). 

Winners from each region will move onto the CXC Grand Finale in October. There, they will compete again for a chance to win up to $25,000 cash and up to $100,000 in support.

Even if you don’t intend to pitch, CXC is a great opportunity for companies to network with members of Canada’s entrepreneurial and export ecosystems. 

In short, if you’re interested in going global with your business—CXC is for you! 


COVID-19 has put entrepreneurs across the globe in an unprecedented position of uncertainty. Given border closures and the international response to this pandemic, the export community is navigating uncharted territory. 

This year, in addition to its historical elements, CXC will aim to be a space for Canadian exporters and industry partners to come together and provide support to each other, as we all navigate the resulting export environment. 

In the leadup to CXC in September, we’ll be hosting a series of digital bootcamps with our partners to help entrepreneurs get export-ready and learn how to craft a perfect video pitch.   

This fall’s regional events will combine a series of live stream presentations, breakout sessions, a virtual growth lounge, interactive learning—in addition to a digital pitch competition. 

We’re excited to bring you Canada’s first nationwide, virtual pitch competition. In the past, we’ve been limited by geography. In this digital format, we hope to be able to reach entrepreneurs from all across Canada.


From September 14th to September 21st, 2020, we will host 5 regional digital events:

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Welcome / Bienvenue to our Entrepreneurs who will have registered a table to showcase their companies and will have an opportunity to speak at our event April 23rd at the Dieppe Public Library,

Speaker – Futurpreneur
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

Workspace Moncton is a community of bold minds who have chosen to work under the same roof. Our environment and the people around us inspire us to take action, to grow, to do better. Our Downtown location offers meeting space and private offices as well as co-working memberships

StanceWise is a provider of marketing and business training services, as well as a builder of an entrepreneurial and small business owner community. We offer weekly training and workshops, private and shared office space, and one on one and group coaching opportunities. We challenge entrepreneurs to push beyond the limits of their mindset (“their stance”) and give them the tools and support they need to build their business into an asset that will enrich every aspect of their life!

Scotia Bank
We offer personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets, through our global team of approximately 90,000 Scotiabankers.

Public Services and Procurement Canada – Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year – OSME can help businesses navigate the federal procurement process by raising awareness of opportunities and explaining the benefits of using, the federal portal to procurement information.

We would like to invite you to our upcoming networking event on April 23rd, 6pm – 8pm, at the Dieppe Public Library.
Speaker – Futurpreneur
Tables to showcase your business are available for $50. To fill out the Vendor Registration Form click here.


We hope to see you there!

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Startup Canada Awards | Atlantic Region

Startup Canada Awards | Atlantic Region

Last Thursday (June 7), the Atlantic Region Startup Canada Awards were held in Miramichi. Over 200 entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders, and family members gathered in Miramichi to celebrate the deserving Canadian entrepreneurs. As usual with these events, it was a full house with lots of energy, great people, and very good startup initiatives.

A total of ten awards were awarded:

  • Startup Canada Entrepreneur’s Choice Award went to Hannah Bell, MLA, Charlottetown/Parkdale.
  • Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award went to Cynthia Dorrington, Owner, Vale & Associates.
  • Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award went to The Ville Cooperative,Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director.
  • Startup Canada Global Entrepreneurship Award went to Boss Gibson Oyster Company, Kevin Williams, Process Manager.
  • Startup Canada Innovation Award went to ProcedureFlow, Daniella Degrace, CEO.
  • Startup Canada Social Enterprise Award went to PLATO Testing, Keith McIntosh, CEO.
  • Startup Canada High Growth Award went to TruLeaf, Gregg Curwin, CEO & Founder.
  • Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award went to Dawn Jutla, CEO & President, Peer Ledger Inc.
  • Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award went to Cameron Ritchie, Founder & CEO, HomeWurk Odd Jobs and Services Inc.
  • Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Lisa Williams, CEO, Unicare Home Health Care Inc.

A happy family:

Atlantic Region Startup Award Winners 2018

Startup Greater Moncton congratulates all the award winners with their achievements. A job well done!

And to all entrepreneurs out there, we would like to echo Lisa Williams’ words, who during the event said: “Entrepreneurship to me, means dream big, start small, but just start!”. 

So, if you haven’t started yet, just start; no matter how small. A lot of small steps still make a big step forward. And if you have already started, keep going!

We hope to see you at our next networking event on July 26 to talk about your journeys and steps. Stay tuned for more information!

Past Startup Canada Awards Winners

Past Startup Canada Awards Winners

Past Startup Canada Awards Winners

Past #StartupCanAwards winners include The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Nicole Verkindt, Founder of the OMX, Peter Simons, CEO of Simons and many more outstanding achievers. Be amongst this year’s winners in Miramichi – Get your tickets today at @StartupCanada

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