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Startup Canada shows off PEI's entrepreneurial excellence

Published by Derek Lothian on May 07, 2012

Canada’s entrepreneurial spotlight will shine on Prince Edward Island this week as it plays host to Startup Canada’s National Tour and gathers more than 150 local startups and enterprise support organizations to discuss, celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship across the province.

This is the second stop in Startup Canada’s National Tour, which began this past March in Nova Scotia. Between now and September, the tour will engage 25,000 Canadians and 250 partner organizations to identify actionable proposals and priorities for advancing entrepreneurship in Canada.

“The Startup Canada campaign is the signature of a new spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada,” says Rory Francis, executive director of the PEI BioAlliance and chair of the Startup Canada PEI campaign. “That spirit is also at the core of Prince Edward Island's bioscience cluster's momentum and growth.”

Francis is hosting today’s town hall and launch event in Charlottetown. Other speakers include Duncan Shaw, founder and president of Mullache Corporation and The Honourable Allen F. Roach, PEI's minister of innovation and advanced learning .

“Startup Canada is a wonderful event for young, potential entrepreneurs to meet experienced entrepreneurs first-hand and hear their stories," said Shaw. "To me, entrepreneurship is the only career choice where young people start by hearing all of the gaudy failure statistics. Being an entrepreneur is a fantastic career and an event like Startup Canada is invaluable for young people to realize entrepreneurship is a viable career option."

Startup Canada is an initiative proudly suported by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. For more information, visit

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