Startup Canada Launches Partnership with StartupPlays to Help Entrepreneurs Succeed
By Andrea Wahbe on Sep 26, 2012 / Categories: CDMN News, Featured
Over the past six months, Startup Canada has been traveling the country to gather feedback from more than 17,000 Canadian entrepreneurs to develop its long-term mandate, mission and programming. “Creating mentorship opportunities and improving the sharing of industry knowledge have been identified as key challenges by entrepreneurs across Canada,” says Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder of Startup Canada.
That’s why Startup Canada and StartupPlays announced the launch of a new initiative last week that will share targeted and tactical startup strategies with Canadian entrepreneurs to help remove some of the struggle from starting a business.
“Entrepreneurs and enterprise support organisations will be able to come to our website and find the tools and advice they need to start up, scale up, and succeed,” says Lennox.
StartupPlays is partly a resource centre and partly a startup network that converts entrepreneur experience and knowledge into processes it shares as blueprints or “plays” in a customisable personal playbook. Startup Canada is launched a beta integration of StartupPlays within its website to provide entrepreneurs with access to advice, tips, and tools used by successful startups around the world. These step-by-step business guides can be found at http://guides.startupcan.ca.
StartupPlays provides a diverse selection of topical business guides, ranging from marketing and operations, to finance, sales, and product development. It also boasts an expert network which features many Canadian entrepreneurs who are both serial veterans and overnight successes, including Dan Martell, CEO/Founder of Clarity; Cameron Herold, Former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and Sam Zaid, Founder of Getaround, who won TechCrunch Disrupt 2011.
“This is a grassroots, national partnership,” says Scott Annan, Founder and CEO of StartupPlays. “Startup Canada and StartupPlays.com share the same vision in helping Canadian entrepreneurs build world-class companies. This partnership will enable us to reach both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs from coast-to-coast and help them grow their business using proven best practices by fellow Canadian entrepreneurs.”
As this week marks the end of the Startup Canada National Tour, the next step will be to use the feedback gathered to create a national blueprint for implementing key recommendations from all of the Town Hall meetings and fringe events. This will be presented to the federal government in November.