Startup Global 2021

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Date: June 01-October 21, 2021
Venue: Digital/online portal and events
Location: Ontario, Canada
Target Audience: Canadian entrepreneurs, early-stage start-ups, scale-up companies, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in all industry sectors that are interested in exporting, starting to export or actively doing business abroad.
Sector: Aerospace, Agriculture and processed foods, Arts and cultural industries, Automotive, Chemicals, Clean technologies, Consumer products, Defence and security, Education, Financial and insurance services, Fish and seafood, Forestry and wood products, Industrial machinery, Information and communications technologies, Infrastructure, Investment, Life sciences, Mining, Ocean technologies, Oil and gas, Professional services, Tourism, Transportation, Wine, beer and spirits

Event Description:

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is proud to support Startup Global 2021 (formerly the Canadian Export Challenge), presented by Startup Canada in collaboration with Export Development Canada (EDC) and UPS, for the fourth consecutive year.

Startup Global will take place from June to October this year and will help support the growth of Canadian entrepreneurs and SMEs in learning how to effectively do business around the world through free digital events and resources, including an online portal with educational resources on exporting (new this year!), boot camps, panels and one-on-one expert advice.

Pitch Competition:

Startup Global will also have a digital pitch competition for start-ups and for scale-up companies. 

Entrepreneurs who are selected to compete in the semi-finals in September will pitch to win $5,000 in the scale-up category and $2,500 in the start-up category. 

The top five startups and top five scale-up companies will move on to the Grand Finale in October, where they will pitch for a chance to win up to an additional:

Interested entrepreneurs can submit their pitch application through the online Startup Global Portal. Applications can be submitted starting June 1, 2021! 

Register to attend:

Registration starts on June 1, 2021!
Visit Startup Canada’s Startup Global Portal to access these free resources and participate in these free events.

Why your organization should participate:

Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:

Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service

More information

Access resources in the Startup Global portal and participate in export-readiness boot camps to learn more about how the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) can help Canadian businesses to grow by doing business abroad.

TCS services are free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.

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