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  • 1. 1. OVERVIEW
  • 2. 1.1 ABOUT STARTUP CANADA Startup Canada is a national not-for-profit, volunteer-run and entrepreneur-led grassroots movement that launched in May 2012 to strengthen Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture and to be a voice for entrepreneurs in Canada. As Canada’s entrepreneurship network, Startup Canada is a leader and catalyst of the entrepreneurship movement in Canada and abroad. Startup Canada has a network of more than 60,000 supporters and 300 volunteers; has facilitated the mentorship of over 20,000 entrepreneurs; and, operates programming in 20 entrepreneur-led Startup Communities across Canada. OUR PROGRAMS OUR FLAGSHIP EVENTS OUR POLICY EFFORTS Startup Connect Startup Canada Awards Startup Canada Task Force Startup Communities Startup Canada Summit Community & Provincial Startup Days Startup Culture Startup Canada Day on the Hill Parliamentary Events
  • 3. 1.2 ABOUT STARTUP COMMUNITIES Healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial communities at a local level are the heart of supporting and driving the growth of startups. Startup Canada Communities is a pan-Canadian network to provide entrepreneurs with a single doorway to enter their local entrepreneur community to access mentors, space, funding and support to start and grow their businesses and to connect with other startup founders online and on the ground. This initiative is a response to the call-to-action from more than 20,000 entrepreneurs in 40 communities who made their voices heard during the Startup Canada National Tour last year, calling for stronger, more connected and more active local startup communities to accelerate entrepreneur success. In May 2013, Startup Canada launched 15 pilot communities as the first wave of its national network. This pilot has built the framework and infrastructure to support the roll-out of Startup Communities across Canada in 2014.
  • 4. 1.3 ABOUT STARTUP COMMUNITIES Startup Canada Communities is laying the foundations of a national infrastructure of hyper-connected and vibrant grassroots startup communities for entrepreneurs to tap into to start and scale their ventures. The macro objectives of the Startup Communities program are to: 1. Cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship and a pay-it-forward mentality within the community 2. Bring together the entrepreneurship community with a common vision and strategy with entrepreneurs leading the way 3. Increase the number of startups and the growth and success of startups 4. Increase jobs, revenues and the desire and propensity of entrepreneurs to grow and keep their startups in the community 5. Increase visibility and public awareness of entrepreneurs on a local and national scale 6. Increase access to and effectiveness of entrepreneur support services 7. Remove redundancies and identify and fill gaps in support available 8. Increase local connectivity to the national and global startup networks, support and infrastructure
  • 5. 1.4 VISION Our vision is that one day, every community in Canada will have a ‘Startup Community’ and that this network will be as mainstream and recognizable as community centres and libraries – a Pan-Canadian entrepreneur community and acceleration network to advance the success of Canadian entrepreneurs.
  • 6. 1.5 VALUES Startup Communities are guided by core values that all communities must embrace to be effective in cultivating entrepreneurship: 1. Startup Communities are led by entrepreneurs 2. Community leaders act as connecting agents between the enterprise support actors and entrepreneurs 3. Leaders must have a long-term vision and plan 4. The community must be inclusive to anyone who wants to belong to it (not just tech) 5. The community must have continual activities that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack
  • 7. 2. THE STARTUP COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
  • 8. Startup Communities: Startup Canada creates, connects and supports vibrant, local entrepreneurial communities across Canada that run regular events, operate co-working hubs, and connect support and service providers to entrepreneurs to accelerate their success and create a vibrant local entrepreneurial culture. • National network of local entrepreneur communities that: • Run regular programming – e.g. networking, learning and pitch-style events; • Facilitate Community Enterprise Partnerships (CEPs) - composed of local service providers; and, • Initiate critical local projects to fill ecosystem gaps – e.g. co-working spaces, maker spaces, accelerator funds, etc. • Startup Canada supports communities through: • The provision of an official model, branding and networked websites; • Access to a dedicated support team and world-leading advisors; • Learning tools, sessions and peer mentorship; • National promotions, publicity and advocacy opportunities; • Impact measurement tools, dashboards and reports; and, • Participation in major Startup Canada events, programs and delegations. 2.1 STARTUP CANADA COMMUNITIES 101 Building grassroots entrepreneurship communities
  • 9. Startup Communities: Startup Canada creates, connects and supports vibrant, local entrepreneurial communities across Canada that run regular events, operate co-working hubs, and connect support and service providers to entrepreneurs to accelerate their success and create a vibrant local entrepreneurial culture. 2.2 OVERVIEW
  • 10. St. John’s Fredericton Quebec City Montreal Ottawa York Peel Niagara Sault Ste Marie Waterloo Winnipeg Calgary Edmonton Smithers Prince George Nanaimo Langford Lethbridge Kingston Penticton
  • 11. Startup Communities: Startup Canada creates, connects and supports vibrant, local entrepreneurial communities across Canada that run regular events, operate co-working hubs, and connect support and service providers to entrepreneurs to accelerate their success and create a vibrant local entrepreneurial culture. (1) LEADERS - ENTREPRENEUR / TEAM OF ENTREPRENEURS A group of entrepreneurs need to come together to commit to community development and mobilization. (2) FEEDERS - INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER(S) Organizations(s) or firm(s) commit to working to support the entrepreneur leaders - with space, funding, administration support, etc. – to enable the entrepreneurs to bring to life activities and mobilize the community. (3) COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE PARTNERS Stakeholders in the community that provide support, resources, training, mentorship, space, events and money to entrepreneurs in the community participate in quarterly CEP meetings to enhance multilateral communications, collaboration and alignment, and participate in and promote ‘Startup Community’ events. (4) PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES Startup Community Leaders with the support of Feeders and Partners ignite and unite regular grassroots community events – e.g. Monthly Startup Drinks, quarterly Demo events, bi-Annual Startup Weekends, Awards, etc. Overtime the Community will mobilize to fill gaps and remove redundancies – e.g. many communities mature run co-working spaces, pre-launch accelerators, training, mentorship and funds. (5) ONLINE AND OFFLINE PRESENCE Startup Community Leaders with the support of Feeders and Partners bring together their local community online presence to connect and promote events, startups and support in the community as a one-stop-shop for local entrepreneur community. 2.3 WHAT MAKES A STARTUP COMMUNITY Building grassroots entrepreneurship communities
  • 12. Startup Communities: Startup Canada creates, connects and supports vibrant, local entrepreneurial communities across Canada that run regular events, operate co-working hubs, and connect support and service providers to entrepreneurs to accelerate their success and create a vibrant local entrepreneurial culture. 1. Adhere to the ‘Startup Community Values’ 2. Build a team of at least 3 entrepreneur leaders (pulling together those already engaged in community building); 3. Secure at least one feeder institutional partner; 4. Build a Community Enterprise Partnership (CEP) with at least 3 partners to begin with set quarterly meetings; 5. Develop at least a basic schedule of grassroots activities that will unite the community; 6. Appoint an individual / individuals to manage the online presence – e.g. Community website, social media, etc. 7. Participate in Monthly National Working Group Meetings 8. Participate in Quarterly Community Health Check Surveys 9. Participate in major national strategic programming – e.g. Day on the Hill, Startup Communities Summit 10. Pay an annual program fee to support the sustainability of the national volunteer-run network (varies based on community size). 2.4 BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN Building grassroots entrepreneurship communities
  • 13. 3. PROGRAM BENEFITS
  • 14. 1. Monthly working group meetings 2. Startup Canada Team office hours 3. The provision of 2-3 Guidance Documents / Template a Month 4. Private Facebook Group for Community Leaders to Facilitate Best Practice Sharing 5. Monthly Learning online with a global advisors and / or expert 6. National profiles and recognition through Startup Canada’s online, social media and mainstream communications channels 7. National communications update and policy briefings 3.1 COMMUNITY SUPPORT
  • 15. 3.2 COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE 1. Full Community branding 2. Full access to the PILOT Startup Community website with webmaster support 3. Support with converting the online presence to the Startup Connect Platform in Spring / Summer 2014 4. Access to Startup Community Dashboards for communications and reporting purposes 5. Feedback and support with establishing Community Enterprise Partnerships (CEPs)
  • 16. 3.3 IMPACT MEASUREMENT & REPORTING 1. Impact Measurement 2. Annual Startup Communities Report 3. Bi-Annual Health Check Reports 4. Quarterly Impact Reports and Recommendations 5. Living Community Dashboards for Motivation, Communications and Reporting Purposes
  • 17. 3.4 NATIONAL PLATFORM AND PROGRAMMING 1. Startup Canada Awards for Startup Communities and Champions (March – June across Canada) 2. Startup Canada Summit (September – Edmonton) 3. Startup Canada Day on the Hill (November) 4. National Program Role Out (Summer) • Constituency Week • Full-day Bootcamp (Fundraising opportunity) • Canadian Mentorship Challenge 5. Optional – Delegation to Boulder Colorado 6. Optional – Participation in Global City Pilot Program
  • 18. 3.5 PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW
  • 19. 3.6 PROGRAM ADVISORS
  • 20. • Increase Relevance and Value – Build awareness, trust, understanding and engagement of entrepreneurs in the community • Increase Funding Opportunities – Quarterly reports and dashboards, prepared by Startup Canada, highlighting the communities’ progress will provide you with a valuable resource when meeting with government, investors and other stakeholders • Gain National Recognition – Increased visibility on the national stage for your leadership in supporting a grassroots startup community in your city • Develop Community – Gain access to a standardized maturity model to assess the state the your entrepreneurship community for benchmarking and planning and map the stakeholders in your startup community • Reduced Duplication of Efforts – Consolidate services and clearly carve out your role in the community as a facilitator, enabler and catalyst • Attract New Talent – Greater access to up and coming entrepreneurs within your community will help to feed your programming pipeline as well as access your counterparts across Canada 3.7 PROGRAM BENEFITS