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 | Day On The Hill 2018

Startup Canada | Day On The Hill 2018

Debbie Collins in Ottawa this week for Startup Canada’s annual Day on the Hill, representing Startup Moncton.

We’re here meeting with federal government ministers and our MPs, lobbying for the 2.3 million entrepreneurs across Canada. We work with our regional MPs to continue to build support for the growing and thriving entrepreneurial eco-system. It’s a packed 3 days here on the Hill.

OASIS NBCC | Mentorship Program



Recruitment now open for NBCC OASIS mentorship program


NBCC’s OASIS program is accepting applications for its fall session in Moncton. Different from other mentorship programs in both delivery and scope, OASIS is an innovative program where entrepreneurs can find a home. The program matches small business owners with experienced mentors all through a unique, structured, and multi-leveled mentorship process.

OASIS is a community mentorship program offered to small business owners allowing them to work ‘on’ their business while working ‘in’ their business. There are professional development sessions that run throughout the 12 weeks, but the mentorship meetings with assigned mentors are coordinated by participants around their schedules.

The only cost to the small business owner is their investment of time. You will meet with your mentor and attend professional development sessions totaling 10-12 hours over 12 weeks.

The program’s success is based on tactical mentorship activities, professional development and community networking opportunities. And it is making a difference to small business owners in the program.

OASIS also boasts a 97% satisfaction rate amongst our participants. And now we’re excited to watch this program grow in a new area. We are recruiting for both OASIS mentees and mentors. OASIS is open to small business owners currently in need of support and guidance to reach their business goals. We are also seeking mentors who want to support these owners.

 97% say the OASIS program met their expectations
 94% were satisfied with their mentorship match
 97% would recommend the program to other entrepreneurs
 96% said they believe their leadership as a business owner has increased
 57% has seen a positive increase in revenue
 56% have experiences growth in their social media exposure
 45% have seen their client base rise

Further information about the program, as well as applications, can be found online. Check us out online at or call our program coordinator at 506-778-6746. Applications are open until August 21.

Program seats available in Moncton for Fall session (September-December 2018). Apply today! Also recruiting for MENTORS in the Moncton area.

International Fine Arts Artist Partners With Startup Moncton

MONCTON, NB: International Fine Arts Artist, Futong Kang, partnered with Startup Moncton to raise funds for Greater Moncton entrepreneurs.

Kang, a Fine Arts and Design Major from Beijing Union University, China, solidified her skills in fine arts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and paper carving and digital media.

“My art is about the emotions and is inspired by nature and the elements in our surroundings,” said Kang. “My desire is to provide art therapy workshops for individuals with severe anxiety and mental health challenges”. Kang has long been an advocate of emotional healing through painting and creative expression.

As a Fine Arts teacher, her four years with Beijing Fangshan Vocational School China, solidified her passion for creative arts that she is now turning into a life-long career.

Presently, Kang is a student at Crandall University, Moncton, challenging her own boundaries in Fine Art and education.

‘We are very grateful that Futong so generously partnered with Startup Moncton and was a part of our January 18 Launch,” said Debbie Collins, Founder Startup Moncton. “Through her commitment to entrepreneurial startups, Futong raised $400”.

“Live painting” or “performance painting” can be planned or improvisational art where artists create a painting in real time in a public setting where guests can interact with the artist. Often, live painting is of a musical event, cultural event, corporate party, wedding, or some sort of gathering.

Along with live painting, Kang also does art commissions, portraits, animals, and landscape. Her art studio is at 168 Edgett Ave, Moncton
Her works can be viewed at and Facebook/ Instagram: futongkang


Futong Kang
Studio Address: 168 Edgett Ave, Moncton, NB, E1C7B5
Tell: (506) 875-9082
Facebook/ Instagram: futongkang
Citizenship: Chinese

Debbie Collins
Startup Moncton Founder

Dartmouth Lounge to be the First Cat Cafe in Atlantic Canada

Dartmouth Lounge to be the First Cat Cafe in Atlantic Canada
Jan 12, 2018by Inda Intiar

Lily Pad Cat Lounge’s first cat, Violet, observing her surrounding. Image: Submitted.
DARTMOUTH – Jody Godin is turning her love for animals and desire to help solve the Halifax area’s stray cat problem into a business. Visitors of Lily Pad Cat Lounge will be able to hang out with felines, have a coffee and see if they feel comfortable adopting one of them.
“I was always kind of thinking about it. I love kitties. And then [I saw] an article on Catfe in Vancouver,” says Godin. “They had to close for about a week because they were so successful with their adoptions, they ran out of cats. Once I saw that I’m like, ‘wow.’ I really want to do this now. “

As a child, Godin dreamed of being a vet. But realizing she didn’t have the heart to convey bad news, she studied business instead. Godin is now a commerce student at St. Mary’s University.

“I always wanted to have my own business, but I was never really sure what to do,” said Godin, who has three cats herself.

Now, Godin is set to open Atlantic Canada’s first cat cafe, a concept popular around the world and across Canada. However, Lily Pad won’t be a full-service cafe because of food safety laws in Nova Scotia.

“If it’s a successful business model or if I think adding that component would make it more successful, then maybe down the road I can eventually look at trying to fight changing the rules more,” she said.

Jody Godin, owner of Lily Pad Cat Lounge. Image: Submitted.

For now, visitors will be able to buy Keurig coffee, cold drinks and pre-packaged snacks at the storefront on Portland Street. They can also buy cat toys and supplies there.

Visitors can then pay between $7 and $8 per hour to enter the lounge area, where they can eat their snacks and play with the cats. Godin aims to have 10 cats at a time.

“We can probably get more than that, but after you get that many cats it can be really tricky to keep the synergy going between all of them properly,” she said.

The cats, supplied by the local SPCA, will have a room in the back to relax and use the litter box. Visitors who want to adopt the cats can do so through Godin, who will help handle the process and collect the adoption fees. All the fees will then be handed to the SPCA.

Violet, Lily Pads first resident cat. Image: Submitted.

“The great thing about the lounge is that the cats aren’t stuck in cages all day,” she said. “So, at least in the lounge, they get to kind of be themselves. You get to see cats that are comfortable with other cats when say, you already have a cat at home. Say you’re looking for a cat that would do better by itself, then that’s a really good opportunity than when you go to the SPCA.”

Robert Leigh, the owner of Moncton’s Panther Perches, made 19 pieces of furniture for Lily Pad. This included shelves, rope ladders and coat racks.

The Englishman started building pine-based cat furniture when he couldn’t find ones strong enough for his 23 lbs cat. Leigh thinks the cat lounge is a great idea.

“I think the concept is brilliant,” he said. “You can form a relationship with [the cats] first, because they all have different personalities.”

Godin is wrapping up renovations of the shop and plans to open the lounge to the public later this month.


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