This Fall, Startup Canada, in partnership with UPSExport Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are showcasing and supporting the global ambitions of 2,500 borderless businesses across Canada through the 2018 Global Entrepreneurs Cohort.

Startups that apply and are accepted to join the cohort will receive:

    • Exposure to and support from Canada’s export, trade and growth ecosystem;
    • Free access to a 1-Day Global Accelerator in TorontoCalgaryMontrealHalifax, or Vancouver;
    • Secured entry into the Canadian Export Challenge to pitch to win $10,000 in cash and $100,000 in support to scale;
    • Entry to win an expense-paid trip to Ottawa to pitch in front of CBC Dragons on the Main Stage at Startup Canada Day on the Hill; and,
    • Exclusive information about trade missions, CTA cohorts, market intelligence and new initiatives to help you scale.

Less than 10 percent of small and medium-sized businesses in Canada export; however, those that do are responsible for $68 billion (25 percent) of total exported goods and are four times more likely to survive beyond five years in business. According to the 2018 Startup Canada Census, lack of information and expertise, and not knowing where to even begin, are the top barriers cited by businesses that do not sell outside of Canada. In direct response, the Canadian Export Challenge has launched to help entrepreneurs go global.

Entrepreneurs across Canada can apply for the ‘2018 Global Entrepreneur Cohort’. Accepted entrepreneurs can attend 1-Day Global Accelerator events that are taking place in five Canadian cities in September and October, including September 12th in Toronto. Global entrepreneur-led companies are invited to apply to pitch their companies and gain free access to this 1-day accelerator here.

Startups will also have the chance to pitch to win $1,000 during the 1-Day Global Accelerator events and the opportunity to gain a VIP Experience and Main Stage Pitch Opportunity at Startup Canada Day on the Hill on October 18th in Ottawa, pitching to former and current Dragons’ Den Judges for $10,000 and an additional $100,000 in support.

“Canada’s export and global growth ecosystem is uniting to propel these entrepreneurs to go global by accelerating access to markets, mentors, customers, and capital,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada​. “Entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and industries will become our ‘Team Export Canada’ and benefit from the support of government, industry, and non-profit partners to scale.”

For more information at to apply, visit: https://www.startupcan.ca/canadian-export-challenge/. Applications open until program is full. Window closes September 5th.