Entrepreneur, Chad Ballantyne to represent Startup Barrie in Ottawa to advise on Canada’s Innovation Agenda
May 4-6 | Chad Ballantyne will be proudly representing Barrie and Area in Canada’s capital next week, meeting with Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Standing Committees and Ministers at Startup Canada Day on the Hill.
Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, anchor companies, investors, industry leaders, media personalities and government decision makers to raise the bar in building Canada as an innovative, entrepreneurial nation. Ballantyne will attend to provide direct input into the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda on behalf of Startup Barrie.
“We feel Barrie and Central Ontario is fertile soil for new business, yet we are often overlooked when it comes to government support.” said Chad Ballantyne, Community Builder for Startup Barrie. “Micro-businesses are the backbone of our society. 95% of all business in Canada would be classified as “small” and 75% are four staff or less! And yet millions are poured into large city, startup incubator and accelerators. All of these resources are needed but we, both public and private enterprises need to start rowing in the same direction and see funding spread out in relation to it’s ROI and what creates a true innovative culture in our communities.”
“It’s time to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of every Canadian in every community across Canada,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada. “We can do this by ensuring that grassroots, entrepreneur-led Startup Communities and local ecosystems are leveraged, boosted and accelerated through the Innovation Agenda. By connecting top-down policy with entrepreneurial on-the-group momentum, we can exponentially grow our economy.”
Startup Canada is the the national rallying brand, platform and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurship community. The Startup Canada Communities network is its flagship program that connects local entrepreneurs to each other and to a national network of opportunities, initiatives and a voice to government.
For more information on Startup Canada Day on the Hill, visit www.startupday.ca and follow the conversation on Twitter using #StartupDay.
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About Startup Barrie
Startup Barrie is a grassroots driven movement in Simcoe County, Ontario bringing together people passionate about collaboration, innovation and learning. Our mission is to get people together to support one another (in both success and failures) as we create fantastic new companies in the Central Ontario Region. We are made up of entrepreneurs, technologist, designers and intrapreneurs who work for other organizations. Organizations, mentors and SMEs are also a big part of the support of this community.
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.