Powered by UPS
August 2023 Issue

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

IEF’s flagship program, the Canadian Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CANIE) Awards, presented in partnership with UPS, celebrates and honours outstanding Canadian founders belonging to equity-seeking and/or racialized communities who demonstrate excellence in innovation, sustainability, social impact, community leadership, and business achievement.

We are thrilled to recognize the four incredible finalists from each 2023 CANIE Award category! Each talented finalist demonstrates strength in innovation, sustainability, social impact, community leadership, and business achievement. Learn more about each inspiring finalist here.

Avigail Lynch
Candina Elendu
Purushothaman Cannane
Tina Luu
Brad Robinson
Chelsee Pettit
Leigh Joseph
Vanessa Marshall
Frédéric Verville
Jeffrey Moorhouse
Jill McLellan
Peter MacInnis
Brttany Charlton
Jeffrey Moorhouse
Ellen Graf-Martin
Natasha Ferguson

Celebrate the Winners of the 2023 CANIE Awards with Us!

2023 CANIE Awards Winners' Circle

Join us at the Startup Canada Tour in Brampton Ontario on October 26th, 2023 at The Rose Brampton Theatre where IEF will announce and celebrate the winners of the 2023 CANIE Awards!

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!

The Competition Bureau of Canada Virtual Workshop: Understanding Deceptive Marketing Practices

Competition Bureau of Canada

The Competition Bureau of Canada has partnered with Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation to deliver a series of free workshops designed to educate and empower small Canadian business owners.

Do you market a product or service for your business? If so, are you knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to advertising goods and services in ways that may be considered false or misleading?

Being aware of the law can help you market your product safely and can empower you and your business to avoid becoming a victim of deceptive practices.

Join us virtually on October 4th, 2023, at 1pm ET for our next workshop! The Competition Bureau of Canada will discuss:

  • Common types of deceptive marketing practices, including key issues related to digital and social media marketing.

  • How to lower your risk of breaking the law.

  • How to avoid becoming a victim of deceptive scams. 

Register for our workshop here – it’s FREE!

If you didn’t make it to our first session on What you should know about the Competition Bureau, that’s okay. We know it’s not personal.  Listen to this podcast to get an overview of our role, and take advantage of our resources – a lot of them are specifically designed for SMEs! 

We can’t wait to see you October 4th (virtually)!

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!

IEF Logo colour

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.



Join our newsletter to receive updates on the latest news, events, and info from the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation.

You have Successfully Subscribed!