The Founder Institute, the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs, is proud to announce a partnership with Startup Canada, a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in Canada. Together, these two organizations will bring together Canada’s growing startup ecosystem and foster the growth of early-stage companies.
This strategic partnership between Startup Canada and the Founder Institute will bring Canada one step closer to becoming the most successful Founder Institute nation in the world, and support Canadian startups in two major ways:
1. Help Canadian Startup Ecosystems Organize and Increase Transparency.
Each Startup Canada Community will work with the Founder Institute to map their Startup Community with a Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which will become a vital living tool for every entrepreneur to find the support they need. This tool will be made available digitally and in print for every Startup Canada Community in Canada.
2. Increase the Support for Canadian Entrepreneurs at the “Idea-Stage”.
Currently, the Founder Institute has five chapters in Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo, and Vancouver, and this new partnership with Startup Canada is helping them to grow dozens more through Startup Canada’s network of grassroots entrepreneur-led startup communities.
Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada, has this to say on the partnership:
The world is looking to Canada to become a global leader in entrepreneurship. This partnership with the Founder Institute will better connect Canada with the global entrepreneurship ecosystem that is needed to support entrepreneurs and provide them with new opportunities to help them start and grow their businesses.
The Founder Institute will integrate its knowledge and expertise into Startup Canada’s 2017 programs and flagship events to better support the success and growth of Canadian small businesses. This year, Jonathan Greechan, Co-Founder of the Founder Institute, is attending and speaking at the fourth annual Startup Canada Day on the Hill, Canada’s largest and most influential entrepreneurship event, where he will be speaking at the Scale Up Stage and meeting with Startup Community Leaders and important decision makers across Canada.
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. Learn more at www.startupcan.ca.
About The Founder Institute
The Founder Institute (FI.co) is the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. For aspiring and idea-stage entrepreneurs up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program provides the structure, mentor support, and global network of entrepreneurs needed to start an enduring company. In addition, the Founder Institute is the only program of its kind that focuses on people versus ideas, accepts founders with day jobs, and shares equity with all participants.