Fredericton is National Startup Community of the Year

As set out in the Vision 2020 Economic Development Strategy, Fredericton achieves its ‘Startup Capital of Canada’ vision having been named the national ‘2016 Startup Community of the Year’ by Startup Canada. On November 29th, 2016, the award was co-accepted by Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network and the City of Fredericton.

“Fredericton has been on a set course since the development of our 2013 economic development strategy. I think it’s fair to say that we have arrived in terms of achieving our vision as ‘Startup Capital of Canada’!” said His Worship Mayor Michael O’Brien. “This is a proud moment for Fredericton!”

As the steward of Vision 2020, Ignite Fredericton initiated Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network, comprising over 20 strategically aligned entrepreneurial organizations. The task force was formed to create connectivity, collaboration and communication among the local startup ecosystem. Rivers Corbett, former Taskforce Chair and Startup Fredericton Chair, helped to facilitate the merge of Startup Fredericton and Task Force Fredericton Startup Network, to minimize duplication of services, and to further strengthen the group.

Since its inception in 2014, the Taskforce has mapped entrepreneurial services available in New Brunswick, through its ‘Subway’ model, to guide entrepreneurs based on their phase of business (ideation, validation, growth, and maturity).

Larry Shaw, CEO of Ignite Fredericton/ Planet Hatch/ Knowledge Park commented, “This milestone is shared by our entire startup community, which truly exemplifies what can be achieved when we are all rowing in the same direction!”

Current Chairperson of Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network, Erin Flood, remarked, “As Chief of Operations for a local startup company, I can attest to the amazing support system in place in Fredericton. Our company, Hot Spot Parking, had the benefit of working with numerous organizations represented on our task force – it’s truly a unique environment here.”

During the national celebration held in Toronto on November 29th, former Mayor of Fredericton, Brad Woodside, was recognized as the national winner of the 2016 Startup Canada Policy Prize for his policy leadership in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship — notably during the community’s Vision 2020 process.

For more information visit Startup Canada.

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