Ottawa, ON – June 1st, 2021 | Today Startup Canada formally launched their flagship program Startup Global, previously known as the Canadian Export Challenge. Running from June to October of this year, Startup Global is a series of digital pitch competitions, free professional advising, and educational initiatives meant to recognize the importance of exporting to the Canadian economy, celebrate those making waves in the global marketplace, and empower founders to take their ventures to the international stage.
This year Startup Global is presented in partnership with UPS, the Trade Commissioner Service and Export Development Canada, along with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), FITT, Mastercard, Inniskillin, Scotiabank, and Google Canada. In 2020, the program supported more than 3,400 entrepreneurs across Canada to become export-ready and to connect with Canada’s global growth ecosystem.
New in this year’s 2021 programming, is the addition of the Startup Global Portal. The Portal will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for all things Startup Global, in addition to offering visitors on-demand, downloadable resources to aid in their exporting journey.
In the lead-up to the Grand Finale in October 2021, Startup Canada will be hosting several Bootcamps to support export-readiness. Current Bootcamp topics include: Exporting 101, global financing, and guidance on mastering a pitch.