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If Jack and Jill had worked together to engineer a well water system …

By Leo Valiquette

Alex’s post on Monday about the economic necessity of supporting investment in more women-led startups is all the more timely as it comes the same week that we cheer the release of Startup Canada’s Action Plan to drive economic development, job creation and innovation coast to coast.

During its 40-city Canadian tour over the past year, Startup Canada confirmed what those of us involved with the startup community already know:

  • Canadians in general are hyper-rational and risk averse, and view entrepreneurship with disbelief, mistrust and apathy.
  • Young people are often unaware of what it means to be an entrepreneur, and are not educated in the basics of what it takes to launch and grow a business.
  • Young people are often dissuaded by parents, school guidance counsellors and other influencers from pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path.

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Startup Canada to call for urgent action to support Canadian entrepreneurs

By Francis Moran

Edit: Edited to add quotes from Victoria Lennox

The results of the largest consultation ever undertaken within the community of Canadian entrepreneurs and their supporters will be unveiled in a series of six cross-country news conferences on Tuesday when Startup Canada releases its national Action Plan. The plan is the outcome of a five-month national tour that Startup Canada conducted between May and September this year that touched down in all 10 provinces and altogether engaged more than 20,000 Canadians in person and another 50,000 online.

Several common themes emerged from the more than 200 town hall meetings, expert discussions, forums and other events that Startup Canada and its more than 300 partners organised during the tour. These themes and the actions that entrepreneurs all across the country said need to be taken are captured in Startup Blueprints, an ambitious new online platform that will also be unveiled on Tuesday. Startup Blueprints shares the reflections and ideas that Startup Canada heard from entrepreneurs who participated in hundreds of conversations across the country. It paints a clear path that Canadians passionate about entrepreneurship can follow together to cultivate a more vibrant and successful entrepreneurial culture in Canada.

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Walking the digital tightrope: The perils of co-branded employees

By Megan Totka

Before businesses began to really cash in on the power of social media, people were signing up for Twitter, Facebook and MySpace accounts in the privacy of their homes. These platforms allowed a new medium for self-expression, along with networking opportunities. Businesses began to see the advantages of connecting with their customers and started using social media, too.  Just over five years into the social media boom, it is not uncommon to see individual accounts with hundreds, or even thousands, of followers or friends. While there is nothing wrong with being popular in online circles, an unexpected consequence has arisen for businesses: co-branded employees.

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Celebrating 25 years of community support

By Alexandra Reid

The Community Foundation of Ottawa yesterday celebrated a quarter of a century supporting nonprofit organizations in Ottawa with a memorable event at the Ottawa Convention Centre’s Trillium ballroom.

The event featured a keynote address from Canada’s governor general, David Johnston, and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson presented the key to the city to the organization for “a job very well done.” Fittingly, Jim Durrell, who was mayor of Ottawa and supported CFO when it was first organized, also offered a few words. He said, quite truthfully, that the event welcomed “the very best of Ottawa.”

More than 500 people attended the event and saw performances from local artists, including The Joynt, who opened with a rap called CapCity, the inclusive dance works company Propeller Dance, and the Leading Note’s Children’s Choir, which sang Waving Flag. Award-winning videos from the CFO’s supported organizations were also presented, including those of the Ottawa Humane Society, Rotary Home and CompuCorps.

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Hey, kid, I hear you want to be an entrepreneur

By Leo Valiquette

“This is the most manic depressive way you could possibly live life. You’re never having a good day. You’re either having the best day ever, or you are thinking you are about to die.”

So begins the trailer for The Startup Kids, a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. At a time when “anybody now with a laptop and a wi-fi connection can build anything,” the possibilities are near endless. Nonetheless, entrepreneurship is, as it has always been, a risky leap of faith coupled with levels of commitment and persistence that border on the obsessive.

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