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July 2023 Issue

Welcome to Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (IEF) July 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


CANIE 2023

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation to Announce the 2023 CANIE Award Winners at Startup Tour!

IEF’s flagship program, the Canadian Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CANIE) Awards, celebrates and honours outstanding entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, sustainability, social impact, community leadership, and business achievement.

This year we are thrilled to join the Startup Canada Tour in Brampton Ontario on October 26th, 2023, to announce the winners of the 2023 CANIE Awards!

The 2023 CANIE Award winners will be announced during the CANIE Awards Winners’ Circle panel discussion, where the winners will share about their entrepreneurial journey. The winners will also be celebrated at the end of the event during the CANIE Awards sponsored networking hour.

The Startup Canada Tour will take place on Thursday, October 26th, 2923, at The Rose Brampton Theatre. This will be a full-day event featuring panel discussions and keynote presentations from industry experts, as well as opportunities to connect with mentors and entrepreneur support organizations.

Register today and receive 20% off all tickets with the code IEF-STARTUP20. We can’t wait to see you there and celebrate with you!

Get to Know the Competition Bureau of Canada

Competition Bureau of Canada

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that works to foster a competitive and innovative marketplace in which Canadian businesses can prosper.

Competition law can be overwhelming. Understanding how it applies to your business can be difficult. To shed light on this crucial information, we’ll be sitting down with IEF community engagers to talk about all things competition law! Topics will include:

  • How the Bureau helps protect and promote competition
  • Staying above board with the law 
  • Have a voice in pro-competitive policy changes 

In this workshop we’ll provide a brief overview of who we are and how we support Canadian businesses. Then we will open up the floor to conversation to cover any questions you have. You can register for our webinar right here, and it’s FREE!

You’ll be seeing lots of us! 

This will be the first of 3 webinars where we’ll be covering important topics that affect your business like:

  • Deceptive marketing: dos and don’ts about marketing your products and services. 
  • Spotting illegal conduct: resources and tools to protect yourself and stay informed.

Along with our webinar series, we offer many resources that help business leaders like you understand the law and report potentially anti-competitive behaviour in your market.

We can’t wait to see you on August 17th!

Are you a female newcomer with a business idea? The Women’s Business Accelerator (WBA) is a free, online workshop series designed for women newcomers/immigrants, designed to equip you with the tools you need to launch a profitable business in Canada. 

In the WBA program, you will:

  • Develop your idea and craft a business plan
  • Receive coaching support to enhance your learning
  • Network with other entrepreneurs and industry professionals
  • Practice and refine your pitching skills
  • Compete in a pitch competition where you can win $300, $200, or $100

Where: virtually, via Zoom

When: Workshops will run from September 18th to November 1st on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8:30pm ET

Check out ACCESS’s website for program eligibility, details, and to register.

Virtual Fall Session Commences September 27th, 2023!

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

The Jelly Academy 7 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!

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.

The Competition Bureau of Canada Virtual Workshop: Who We Are & What We Do August 17th at 1pm ET

Competition Bureau of Canada 101

Join us Thursday, August 17th, 2023 at 1pm ET for the first in a series of three workshops the Competition Bureau of Canada is hosting for IEF’s community of engagers. 

This session will introduce business owners to the Competition Bureau and provide an opportunity to ask questions and understand how the Competition Bureau supports small Canadian businesses. 

Register HERE for free!

Startup Tour is heading to Calgary September 28th!

Startup Tour

Startup Canada’s Startup Tour will be in Calgary at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park September 28th, 2023! 

Join this incredible event that brings together early-stage entrepreneurs to build out their networks, learn from industry experts, and drive their businesses forward!

IEF community engagers receive 20% off tickets with the code IEF-STARTUP20. Register here today!

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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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