IGNITE Awarded National Award

IGNITE has been awarded the CANIE Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region.

The award recognizes organizations that have achieved excellence and innovation in social impact. The team at IGNITE is extremely excited about this recognition and would like to thank the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation for selecting us for this prestigious award.

The Canada Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards (also known as the CANIE Awards) is the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation’s flagship program recognizing excellence in Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship.    The 2020 Awards are presented by Sovereign Insurance and UPS Canada, in partnership with Scotiabank, Mastercard Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service.

May 13, 2020, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada — IGNITE Labs, a leader in rural innovation and entrepreneurship, is proud to announce they have been awarded the CANIE Award for Social Innovation for the Atlantic Region. This award, presented by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation, is presented to organizations who have achieved excellence and innovation in social impact.

Since IGNITE began, the organization has strived to create a vibrant startup and innovation ecosystem in rural Nova Scotia. The two locations in Yarmouth and Pictou Counties have worked to help grow new startup companies, foster an entrepreneurial mindset in youth and community, and work with traditional industries around innovation.

“This is really a team award. The work from everyone on the IGNITE Team and their passion to help not only the startups we work with grow, but also to grow and improve the communities we live in. Thank you to the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation and all the sponsors for this prestigious award.” IGNITE CEO Doug Jones.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CANIE award ceremonies will be held online from May 28th to June 25th. The Atlantic ceremony is on June 18th.

About the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation Mission:

The Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation is a national charity dedicated to educate and promote innovation and entrepreneurship among aspiring and well-established business owners in marginalized communities.

Vision: For Canada to become the leading nation in innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting and educating marginalized Canadians from all backgrounds as they build competitive and innovative businesses.

Objectives: Undertaking research programs on best practices related to Canadian entrepreneurship and disseminating the results of the research to the public. The outcomes of these programs will serve as guidance for organizations and leaders involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem;Supporting the economic success of persons from low-income or socioeconomically disadvantaged communities by providing them with educational resources on business and finance that would otherwise not be accessible;To advance education on financial literacy and management, business skills, and skills training by developing and funding educational programs related to business and financial capabilities in Canada, and in particular for individuals who are marginalized minorities; indigenous, women, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, youth, and from socioeconomically disadvantaged communities; for the benefit of these groups and the general public

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