StartUp Canada Awards Hit the Soo!


The Machine Shop was the place to be Wednesday evening as the Ontario region portion of the Fifth annual Startup Canada award ceremony took place.

StartUp Canada held their Ontario region award show in the Soo, where entrepreneurs from the Toronto area came to celebrate their successes achieved through their undying passion for their businesses.

Entrepreneurs from all ages were present, even some as young as Yumi Lee, winner of the young entrepreneur award, who is only 12 years old. The night was filled with delectable food, cold drinks, and celebration as people from all walks of life came to show support for Canada’s next big entrepreneurs.

The big winners of the night, rewarded with a trophy and all, are as follows

The 2018 Ontario Regional Award
Winners are:

Vicki Saunders
(Toronto, ON)
SheEO, Founder
Entrepreneur Promotion Award
Presented by Intuit QuickBooks

Canada Learning Code
(Toronto, ON)
Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder CEO
Laura Plant, Co-Founder Chief Growth
Entrepreneur Support Award
Presented by Intuit QuickBooks

(Toronto, ON)
Allan Lau, Co-Founder CEO
Global Entrepreneurship Award
Presented by UPS

(Toronto, ON)
Ryan Janzen, CTO
Innovation Award
Presented by Intuit Quickbooks

Ripple Farms
(Toronto, ON) Social Enterprise Award
Presented by The Centre for Social Innovation

(Toronto, ON)
Ariel Mashiyev, CEO
High-Growth Award
Presented by Mastercard

Erin Stephenson
(Kitchener, ON )
Co-Founder & COO/CMO, DOZR
Woman Entrepreneur Award
Presented by BDC

Yumi Lee
(Toronto, ON)  Owner, Yumi’s Dozen
Young Entrepreneur Award
Presented by Scotiabank

Michael Katchen
(Toronto, ON)
Co-Founder & CEO, Wealth Simple
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Presented by Scotiabank

All of the above are now waiting eagerly for their chance at winning at the National level when the StartUp Canada national awards take place in Ottawa on October 18th. We congratulate all of the winners and thank StartUp Canada for choosing the Soo as one of their places to stop on the their tour.