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Kamloops Named National Finalist for Startup Canada Awards in Ottawa

Kamloops Named National Finalist for Startup Canada Awards in Ottawa

Kamloops Named National Finalist at  Startup Canada Awards in Ottawa

October 10, 2017 – Kamloops

Startup Kamloops has just been named a finalist for the 2017 Startup Community of the Year Award by Startup Canada, the leading ​national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs across the Canada.

With leadership from Kamloops Innovation, Startup Kamloops brings together organizations like Venture Kamloops, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Makerspace, Community Futures, City of Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University and others to create and support an ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship of all kinds in Kamloops.

“Through partnerships and collaborations with entrepreneur-support organizations in Kamloops, we have been able to attract talent, jobs, and companies to Kamloops,” says Lincoln Smith, Executive Director at Kamloops Innovation, “this award recognizes our whole community’s drive to make Kamloops a destination for entrepreneurship and innovation. We are honoured to have been named a finalist for this national recognition.”

“The Startup Canada Community of the Year Award recognizes a community that has had extraordinary impact on the environment for entrepreneurship,” says Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada, “We are thrilled to culminate the regional awards with a grande finale in Ottawa, celebrating those who are advancing entrepreneurship in Canada.”

Kamloops Innovation will be at the National Startup Canada Awards Finale during the week long events at Startup Day on the Hill, meeting with Members of Parliament, Ministers, community leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs from across the country.

A live stream of the national awards on October 19th will be made available.

Startup Kamloops history, so far:

  • 2015 – Kamloops Innovation recognized for its entrepreneurial support and impact in the region by Startup Canada. Robert Atwood, Co-Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Drones wins Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • 2016 – Kamloops joins the Startup Canada Communities network, a national program that empowers and equips entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to build and accelerate the growth of grassroots entrepreneurial communities
    – Kamloops companies shine on stage: iTel Networks wins an award for High Growth Entrepreneurship both regionally and nationally, John Zubak is recognized for his accomplishments winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2017 – Kamloops is selected to host the BC Regional Startup Canada Awards, the first time this red carpet event is hosted outside of Vancouver. Hummingbird Drones wins the Innovation Award and Vicki Collett, Co-Owner at Harper’s Trail Winery named Senior Entrepreneur of the Year.

For more information, please contact:

Lincoln Smith

Executive Director

Kamloops Innovation


Lindsay Bright

Marketing, Communications and Digital Production Administrator

Startup Canada


About Startup Kamloops

Startup Kamloops is a network that brings together entrepreneurs, resources, and the organizations that support them. Launching in 2016, Startup Kamloops aims to continue building a vibrant startup community that supports entrepreneurs.

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, and partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country.