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What is the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation?

The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation is a national charity dedicated to educate and promote innovation and entrepreneurship among aspiring and well-established business owners in marginalized communities.

What are the CANIE Awards?

The Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards—the CANIE Awards—is the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation’s flagship program recognizing excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship.

The 2021 CANIE Awards celebrates 7 semi-finalists from each award category across Canada. All 35 winners are awarded a commercial quality video promoting their win, their business, and their entrepreneurial spirit. This video has been given to each winner—as well as being promoted by the foundation locally, regionally, and nationally. We will showcase every CANIE Award winner, their stories, resilience, and innovation in these challenging times. And we will shine a light on the vital role of local community and community building has played throughout this unique pandemic crisis.

In November, the competition will finish with the CANIE’s Grand Finale. This virtual Gala will invite all the semi-finalists, their family and friends, as well as political representatives and other leaders from across Canada to come together in the celebration of our entrepreneurs and innovators. This event provides the perfect opportunity to announce the final winners from each prize category.

The 2021 Awards are presented by UPS Canada, in partnership with Scotiabank, The Arthur J.E. Child Foundation, NACCA, and Startup Canada.

What is the difference between the CANIE Awards, the Startup Canada Awards, and the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards?

The Startup Canada Awards program has been celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship since 2014. The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards have recognized high-impact innovators from across every sector since 1982. In the spring of 2019, these powerhouses joined forces to create a new and elevated program: the CANIE Awards. This comprehensive program recognizes excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship while educating present and future generations of disruptors.

What is the nomination timeline for the CANIE Awards?

The Nomination period ran until April 15th, 2021.

What are the different Awards?
Check the categories here.
Who is eligible to receive a CANIE Award?
Nominees and applicants must:

  • Be living Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Demonstrate that they are active innovators or entrepreneurs.
  • Comply with the selected Award criteria.
Can an applicant win multiple Awards?
No, a nominee or applicant will not be recognized for multiple Awards.
Can I submit a project that has not yet been launched?
Yes, however the project must be at least in the pilot phase with proven and relevant market validation.
Who can submit an application?
Applications can be submitted by individual candidates or organizations, by a third-party, or by a nominating partner.
How are winners selected?

The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation adjudication panel will audit and shortlist each application to verify that the Award-specific criteria has been met. Every question on the application form will be evaluated and scored on a scale from 1 to 10. Submissions with the highest scores will move into the final phase of adjudication to be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

How can I submit an application?

Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

When and where will the national ceremonies be held?

The 2021 CANIE Awards Grand Finale will take place virtually this Fall.

Will the information on my application be kept confidential?

Yes, your information, as well as any documentation sent through the application portal, will be kept confidential. Only the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation Adjudication Panel and the Selection Committee will have access to your application—both of whom are under a confidentiality agreement.

Who sits on the Adjudication Panel?

The Adjudication Panel is determined by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation and will include renowned community builders, past winners, and leading innovators and entrepreneurs from various industries and backgrounds across Canada.

In which format may I attach additional documents to accompany my application?
Please note that letters of support or resumes are not required.
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