The 2016 Startup Canada Awards were handed out Tuesday in Toronto, and New Brunswick was among the big winners of the evening. Winners were announced at a ceremony attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators, and executives including our own CEO Stephen Lund.
This year’s Startup Canada Community of the Year Award went to Startup Fredericton, the city’s Startup Canada pilot community.
New Brunswick’s capital city wasn’t done there, however. Former Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside took home the Policy Prize. Mr. Woodside was recognized on the strength of his continued advocacy for innovation, and his efforts to make Fredericton Canada’s Startup Capital.
Woodside now serves as VP – Business Development for TotalPave, a Fredericton-based startup and Startup Fredericton member. TotalPave is helping municipalities make easier infrastructure decisions via the use of smartphone technology.
ONB spoke to TotalPave Co-Founder and CEO Coady Cameron earlier this year. Cameron praised Mr. Woodside for his strong support of the startup community while in office, and the city’s efforts to embrace innovative new technologies. [Read the TotalPave interview here.]
Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network
Startup Fredericton has collaborated with Ignite Fredericton and more than 20 entrepreneurial support organizations to form the Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network. That initiative won an award of its own on November 3rd at the EforAll Summit in Massachusetts.
The Fredericton network was recognized as the Top Collaborative City-Wide Effort Promoting Entrepreneurship in a Mid-Sized City. Erin Flood, Network Chair and COO of Fredericton’s HotSpot Parking, noted “We’re excited and humbled to receive this award. This recognition drives our vision forward as we continue to work together to become the Startup Capital of Canada.”
Entrepreneurs on New Brunswick
ONB has the pleasure of speaking to New Brunswick entrepreneurs on a regular basis. Below are just a handful of quotes from our past entrepreneurship-focused interviews.
“We have a real advantage being in a small community where we’re more tightly knit. People here are so close to us, and they’re so willing to help us grow. We too often downplay the amount of smart, talented people we have in New Brunswick; we’re too humble. We’re creating some ground-breaking products here and getting them out to market. I think it’s an exciting place for a young entrepreneur.”
“Due to the small size of the province it’s an ‘everybody knows everybody’ type situation. Government for example moves fairly quickly on certain things. If we need to talk to someone at ONB or certain government departments, it gets done quickly. During my entrepreneurial stint out west I found things took longer. It seemed like there was more red tape and longer waits; getting face time with people in government took a while.”
“When I speak to people here who are thinking about starting a business, I definitely encourage them to do it and do it here. This is where you find the brightest minds and the most authentic and genuine people you will ever want. On top of all of that, you will be fully supported and that is what will help you grow.”
“The network here for entrepreneurs is tremendous. Everyone is happy to spread the word about Chinova, connect us with the right people, and offer their mentorship. The support organizations here, like Planet Hatch/Ignite Fredericton are incredible.”
“We’ve had a lot of people—executives, presidents of academic institutions, heads of government bodies—giving us some of their time and expertise along the way. It’s helped us enormously, and I’m not sure how much of that you can get in some of the bigger city centres. There’s so much more demand and people are much busier. Here in New Brunswick, if you seek out the advice you need it can lead some great opportunities.”
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Cover image (ONB CEO Stephen Lund presenting the Resilient Entrepreneur Award) via Startup Canada.