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June 2023 Issue

Welcome to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (IEF) May 2023 Newsletter!

Check out the exciting news, events, and resources made available by the charity to inspire you and support your business.

What’s in this Issue


Business Tools & Resources


The 2023 Canadian Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CANIE) Awards

CANIE 2023

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, in partnership with UPS, is proud to present the 2023 Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards (CANIE Awards), celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation across the country!

The CANIE Awards recognizes and honours outstanding entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, sustainability, social impact, community leadership, and business achievement. The prestigious CANIE Awards shine a spotlight on our nation’s best and brightest entrepreneurs who belong to racialized and/or equity-seeking communities.

This year we have four categories dedicated to celebrating our nation’s brightest entrepreneurs:

Global Export Business Owner of the Year

Global Export Business Owner of the Year Award

Sponsored by UPS

Celebrating the distinction of a Canadian business founder who has achieved success in launching their product(s) into international markets. 

Additional Eligibility Requirements: 

  • meet all the additional 2023 CANIE Awards eligibility requirements, and
  • can demonstrate that the business is exporting its products to markets outside of Canada.
Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year

Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Sponsored by UPS

Sponsored by UPS

Celebrating an Indigenous founder and business owner delivering outstanding results in business and community impact.

Prince’s Trust Canada Veteran Entrepreneur Award

Prince’s Trust Canada Veteran Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Prince’s Trust Canada

Awarded to a CAF Military Veteran entrepreneur who has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial skills, innovation, and leadership.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • meet all the additional 2023 CANIE Awards eligibility requirements, and
  • has been honourably discharged from Canadian Armed Forces.
Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sponsored by Ownr

Recognizing the excellence of a Canadian founder and business in innovation and entrepreneurial achievement.

ach 2023 CANIE Award category finalist (4 per category) will receive a professionally produced business promotions video and a story-telling campaign by the charity. Each category Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash business grant and will be celebrated at our National 2023 CANIE Awards Winners Circle panel discussion and Cocktail Party in October of this year. 

Applications and nominations for the 2023 CANIE Awards will be accepted until July 24th, 2023. Check here for details, FAQs, and eligibility requirements.

Last Day to Participate in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Every dollar you donate to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation in the month of June enters the charity into a draw to win $20,000!

Please take a moment to support us as we continue to dedicate our efforts to advocate for, support, educate and celebrate our nation’s entrepreneurs belonging to equity-seeking groups! One hundred per cent of every dollar you donate will be directly invested into the ongoing programs IEF brings you. Donations can be made through our CanadaHelps page here. Thank you all for your support!

Business Spotlight: Shawish

Shawish is a virtual Indigenous marketplace that empowers Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists to create their own shops and upload their products onto the Shawish virtual marketplace. Unlike other marketplaces, Shawish is committed to providing an accessible space for Indigenous vendors by not charging transaction or monthly fees, making Shawish the ideal choice for allies who endeavour to support First Nation communities.

Shawish is continuing the way of life of their ancestors, striving to build a sustainable future for Indigenous people. Check out their incredible lineup of products offered by our nation’s Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Do you want to see your business represented on the IEF Business Directory? Register here!

Shawish Market

Virtual Summer Session kicks off July 11, 2023!

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) community receives a 25% discount!

Jelly Marketing’s Seven Week Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Whether it’s you – the business owner, or a member of your team, businesses require the most current Digital Marketing training to retain existing customers, capture new business, and drive revenue. The Jelly Academy 7 Week Digital Marketing Bootcamp will give you and your business the most meaningful and up-to-date skills needed to stay competitive in this constantly evolving landscape.

In 2022, 46.2% of revenue generated from Canadian businesses was the result of a website search. An additional 26.1% of revenue was generated through businesses’ social media activity (source: Made in CA Digital Marketing Statistics in Canada Report, 2023).

With 96.5% of Canadians using the internet daily, we know that up-to-date literacy in digital marketing is vital for Canadian entrepreneurs to survive and thrive.

Access the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation 25% off discount for the Spring 2023 Semester HERE!

Telus #StandWithOwners is accepting applications to win $125K in cash and prizes

The Telus #StandWithOwners program is accepting applications! Revenue-generating businesses with 1 – 100 employees are eligible to apply for a chance to win one of five grand prize packages, valued at over $125,000 each, including $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in advertising, over $25,000 in technology and business services. Applications will be accepted until September 6, 2023.

Find all eligibility requirements, prizing details, and applications here.

Entrepreneurship Open Learning Series

Offered by the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, The Entrepreneurship Open Learning Series is a free, self-directed five module learning series available online to all. The modules aim to teach learners to explain the value proposition of their business, define their target market, evaluate utility and value of products/services using industry market research, and understand software design principles that assist in product development.

Aboriginal Procurement Marketplace Webinar, hosted by CCAB: July 18, 2023

Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Join the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for an orientation of their Aboriginal Procurement Marketplace. Register here and learn how to optimize your supplier profile and collaborate with CCAB Corporate Members who are committed to enhancing Indigenous Procurement Opportunities in Canada.

Content Marketing Through Storytelling

Drive growth for your business through strategic storytelling. Learn how to better understand your customers and create content for them. Then convert your stories into sales! Improve your brand story and explore creative ways to communicate it with your customers. Find more details and registration for the Zoom webinar here.

BizCon Business Expo & Conference, Toronto, ON.: July 27, 2023

BizCon Business Expo & Conference

BizCon is Canada’s premier business-to-business tradeshow, conference and networking event, connecting business professionals with the most innovative business development products and services. BizCon features a large business development tradeshow with 70+ exhibitors and a conference with keynote speakers and business leaders from the community. Find schedule details and purchase tickets here.

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Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation (IEF) is a national charity dedicated to supporting, educating, and celebrating entrepreneurs and innovators belonging to racialized and/or equity-deserving groups as they navigate the unfair barriers of institutional, structural, and interpersonal biases.

IEF releases a monthly newsletter on the last Friday of each month to provide you updates to our programs, share information about tools, resources, and services that may support you and your business, and to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship across Canada. Subscribe HERE. See something missing from the newsletter? Let us know what content you want to see at info@ief-fie.ca.



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