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Upcoming Events

    • September 15th, 2022: SHOW ME THE MONEY! IEF network receives free access to webinar demonstrating how to access and leverage your CDAP federal grant money

Business Tools & Resources

    • IEF retail SME network: LIMITED time offering – free course designed to drive sales and profit from Corriea Securities and retailu

    • From our friends at CFIB: Put money back in your pocket with credit card class action settlement

August 2022
Hello and welcome to the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) August Newsletter! Check out the exciting news, events, and resources made available to inspire you and support your business!

Announcing the 2022 CANIE Award Phase Two Semi-finalists

We received hundreds of applications for our Phase Two Awards from across the country and from a wide variety of market sectors, each sharing their compelling stories of entrepreneurial success. Consistent characteristics exemplified among all entrants were examples of resilience, agency, and social innovation. Our esteemed adjudicators had a difficult task at hand.

Our Phase Two Award Category semi-finalists demonstrated excellence in their categories. Check out each of our semi-finalists and their businesses.

Award 5 – Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year
Presented by 
Prince’s Trust Canada

Scott Harrigan – GLOROPE CANADA

Award 6 – Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year
Presented by 
Intuit Canada

Mallory Yawnghwe – INDIGENOUS BOX INC.
Bobbie Racette – VIRTUAL GURUS
Steven Vanloffeld – eSUPPLY CANADA

Award 7 – Black Entrepreneur of the Year
Presented by 
Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation

Seun Richards Agunbiade – DOOR2DOOR PICK UP COURIERS
Janét Aizenstros – AHAVA DIGITAL GROUP
Sharon Nyangweso – QUAKELAB INC.

Congratulations to all of our Phase Two 2022 CANIE Award Semi-finalists. We look forward to providing much more detail on each entrepreneur’s inspiring stories and their businesses over the coming months.

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Evelyne Nyairo, M.Sc., P.Biol. founder and CEO of Elle Bianca

This month we are delighted to shine a light on Evelyne Nyairo, the inspiring founder and CEO of Elle Bianca.

Evelyne is one of the semi-finalists for our 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was also a semi-finalist for our 2021 Black Entrepreneur of the Year CANIE Award 2021.

Evelyne Nyairo
Elle Bianca

Elle Bianca, an all-natural, certified organic skincare line was founded by Evelyne Nyairo, a Kenyan Canadian environmental scientist who was deeply moved by the treatment of women, and also the superfoods and biodiversity she was exposed to during her travels to Chad.

A single mother, Evelyne put herself through her post-secondary studies, earning her Bachelor of Environmental Sciences and her Master of Science. Evelyn’s inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur was tied to her desire to demonstrate to her daughter, and to women everywhere, that women are capable of great success.

Giving back to her community is critical to Evelyn. She sources ingredients locally and from female-identifying suppliers. Evelyne also mentors entrepreneurs and runs the Ellie Bianca Woman Scholarship for single mothers.

Ellie Bianca is the embodiment of founder Evelyne Nyairo’s work as an environmental scientist, chemist, African Canadian woman, and proud mother, established to make a significant difference for her daughter and for women everywhere.

Ellie Bianca is an all-natural, certified organic, environmentally sustainable, and socially conscious skincare line that recognizes beauty in all forms and supports the empowerment of women through business and education. Ellie Bianca is here to spread the message that beauty is so much more than an aesthetic with its ethos to be “Kind to Your Skin, Kind to the Earth, & Kind to Women.”

Aside from being sold on the website, Ellie Bianca’s products are available at The BayWell.caHealthy PlanetYes WellnessHalo Health Care, and many other in-store and e-commerce retailers. Learn more about Evelyne, and the beautiful bespoke product lineup she has created for Ellie Bianca here.

Upcoming Events

September 15th, 2022, 9:30 AM PST / 12:30 PM EST: SHOW ME THE MONEY!

We’ve joined forces with Jelly Digital Marketing & PR Agency to provide you a comprehensive information session about how to gain access to and best apply the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to your business.

CDAP is a $4 billion initiative launched in 2021 by the Government of Canada, providing funding and resources to support you in getting your business online, digitalize your operations, and increase your e-commerce presence.

Join us September 15th, 2022, at 9:30 AM PST/12:30 PM EST for a 1-hour interactive session with Darian Kovacs, CDAP Stream 2 Approved Digital Advisor, as he teaches you about the three key elements of building a successful digital adoption plan with CDAP.

To attend the session for free, join HERE and enter our promo code IEF-100 on the Eventbrite checkout page

Business Tools & Resources

IEF retail network: LIMITED time offering – free course designed to drive sales and profit from Corriea Securities and retailu

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with two brilliant Canadian entrepreneurs and global retail experts to provide you with an exclusive offering.

Dean Correia of Correia Security Resources and April Sabral of retailu have joined forces in delivering the People & Asset Protection Course, valued at $59 USD.

The first fifty (50) IEF network subscribers to take advantage of this offer by September 9th, 2022 will gain access to this course for FREE.

How to access the People & Asset Protection Course for FREE for the first 50 IEF network subscribers:

  1. Click HERE
  2. Click the button “Get Started in English”. At this time the course is offered in English.
  3. Under Order Summary, enter the coupon code below. The coupon code will discount 100% of the $59 USD cost.

Coupon code: correiasecurity22

From our friends at CFIB: Put money back in your pocket with credit card class action settlement

From our Friends at CFIB: Claim up to $5,000 HERE in a recent class action settlement.

Has your business accepted Visa and/or Mastercard credit cards as payment at any point since March 23, 2001? You could be eligible to receive a portion of a multi-million-dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit against Visa and Mastercard.

Applications for rebates are simple, take five minutes to complete, and will be accepted until September 30th, 2022.

Thank you to our Partners & Sponsors

CANIE Sponsors

Presented in Partnership with UPS
Presented by 
Prince’s Trust Canada
CANIE Partners 
Ownr | Arthur J. E. Child Foundation | Intuit

Community Sponsors

Community Sponsors Air CanadaGiant Tiger | Mitacs


Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation 2022 CANIE Awards, presented in partnership with UPS.

We want to hear from you!

Are you a business owner from an underpresent or marginalized group? Please share your stories and experiences with us.

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