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Startup Kamloops lends innovation input

May 3, 2016 9:56 A.M.
Startup Kamloops community rallies at recent block party.

Kamloops Innovation is in Ottawa meeting with MPs, parliamentary standing committees and cabinet ministers with a view to spurring entrepreneurship and innovation.

Startup Canada Day on the Hill on Thursday, May 5, is the largest annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, anchor companies, investors, industry leaders, media personalities and government decision makers to raise the bar in building Canada as an entrepreneurial nation. 

Startup Canada is the the national rallying brand, platform and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurship community. The Startup Canada Communities is its flagship program that connects local entrepreneurs to each other and to a national network of opportunities, initiatives and a voice to government.

Smith will attend to provide direct input into the government’s innovation agenda on behalf of Startup Kamloops. Startup Kamloops is a collaboration between Kamloops Innovation, Venture Kamloops, Community Futures, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Makerspace, TRU Generator and others to support local entrepreneurship.

Based on Tranquille Road, Kamloops Innovation Centre celebrated the new startup designation with a block party a couple of weeks ago.

“This is a great opportunity to put Kamloops on the map as a hub for entrepreneurs on a national scale, to have direct input and conversations with our government is a huge benefit to our region and the support we can provide to our community,” Smith said of the Ottawa meetings.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau provides opening remarks at the gathering Thursday morning.

“It’s time to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of every Canadian in every community across Canada,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO and co-founder of Startup Canada. “We can do this by ensuring that grassroots, entrepreneur-led Startup Communities and local ecosystems are leveraged, boosted and accelerated through the Innovation Agenda. By connecting top-down policy with entrepreneurial on-the-group momentum, we can exponentially grow our economy.”

For more information on Startup Canada Day on the Hill, visit and follow the conversation on Twitter using #StartupDay.

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