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Waterloo, ON — The eighth annual Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards ceremony took place in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 18, 2023. During the festivities, five up-and-coming researchers turned entrepreneurs were recognized for their efforts to turn their ground-breaking discoveries into innovative businesses that impact the lives of Canadians.
The awards are an important opportunity to showcase Mitacs talent and honour some of Canada’s most innovative start-up companies — each founded by outstanding former Mitacs program participants that have gone on to become leading entrepreneurs and business owners in their respective fields. The Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards also create an important opportunity for researchers, academics, and industry to come together, in person and online, to connect and foster new partnerships throughout the innovation ecosystem.
The 2023 Mitacs Entrepreneur Award winners are:
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“The winners of the Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards for 2023 are a perfect representation of the incredible innovation, ambition and skills of today’s Canadians who want to make a positive impact on the lives of others through leadership. Our government is a proud supporter of Mitacs and its work to make our country a world leader in innovation. Congratulations to Canada’s next innovators!’’
The Honourable Jill Dunlop, Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities
“Our government is focused on the long-term economic growth of Ontario by supporting entrepreneurs and making key investments in research and innovation. Ontario is proud to support thousands of new Mitacs internships this year, which will help researchers and start-ups maximize the value of their made-in-Ontario research and intellectual property. The exceptional winners of today’s Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards represent the bright future of the research and innovation community in our province.”
John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs
“A successful innovation economy cannot exist without entrepreneurs. Start-ups drive innovation in Canada, they dream big and push boundaries, bringing research from ideation to commercialization. Mitacs is extremely proud to play a role in supporting small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs through our continued investment in talent, research, and development. It is a pleasure to celebrate the incredible accomplishments and impact of our 2023 Mitacs Entrepreneur Award winners.”
Tash Ismail, Chief of Business Development, Mitacs
“As someone who has the privilege of working with stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem in Canada and abroad, I have a front row seat to innovation in action – the big ideas that become new enterprises, the transformative start-ups creating meaningful change, making the world safer, kinder, cleaner, healthier, happier and more prosperous. The innovative entrepreneurs we’re celebrating today are the changemakers of tomorrow. Each of this year’s five Mitacs Entrepreneur Award winners, are equipped with the vision, resilience, and drive to transform their sectors. As Mitacs, we feel privileged, to have played a role in the creation of these enterprises and will continue to support these special humans on their innovation journey.”
A recording of the 2023 Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards ceremony will be available on youtube.com/MitacsCanada in the coming days.
Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Mitacs assists organizations in reaching their goals, funds cutting-edge innovation, and creates job opportunities for students and postdocs. A not-for-profit organization, Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon. Learn more at mitacs.ca.