Press Centre

Press Releases and Media Appearances

Share Our Story

EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next 5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial education. We have a powerful story to tell, and we’d love to share it with you!

For more information or to request an interview, please email press@entrelaunch.org.

2017

November 17th, 2017 – EntreLaunch Founder heading to Estonia as finalist in the 2017 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership

NOVEMBER 17, 2017 – EntreLaunch Founder, Rebecca Palmer, is heading to Tallinn, Estonia today as one of four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. The award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The award is one of three Startup Nations Awards that will be presented at the Startup Nations Summit (summit.startupnations.co) on Tuesday, November 21. The other two Startup Nations Awards are Groundbreaking Policy Thinking and National Policy Leadership.

The Selection Committee evaluated nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the local ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s) or program idea(s)
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting local government thinking on entrepreneurship
  • Extent to which the local effort helped set the example for national level action
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other ecosystems

This year, the four finalists for the Local Policy Leadership Award hail from four different countries, and have contributed to their community as a startup champion through a variety of initiatives ranging from ecosystem coordination and collaboration, to promoting entrepreneurship education and innovative skills building in local communities.

Rebecca has focused on access to skills by providing entrepreneurial education, workshops and events to youth aged 10-24, many of which in collaboration with the local government authorities, particularly in the Simcoe County. Ms. Palmer works with ecosystem actors including Startup Barrie, the City of Barrie, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and Georgian College’s Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. She is also currently working on developing a new microloan program that provides access to capital to youth under the age of 19 and online entrepreneurship programs that will reach youth in rural areas and worldwide via a mobile platform.

While in Tallinn, Ms. Palmer will also visit nearby countries including the cities of Riga, Vilnius and Minsk to discuss entrepreneurship with European entrepreneurs and experience the local ecosystem.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer
Chief Facilitator and Founder, EntreLaunch Inc.
M. 705-791-2320
E. Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

October 15, 2017 – EntreLaunch is pleased to announce that our Founder, Rebecca Palmer, is one of four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. The award recognizes public sector achievement at the local level in championing innovative policies or programs that advance new and young firm formation.

The award is one of three Startup Nations Awards that will be presented at the Startup Nations Summit (summit.startupnations.co) on Tuesday, November 21. The winner will be the third recipient of the award, which was previously received by Bart De Wever, mayor of Antwerp, Belgium, and María José Vengoechea, executive president of the Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce in Colombia.

The other two Startup Nations Awards are Groundbreaking Policy Thinking and National Policy Leadership.

The Selection Committee evaluated nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity in the identification of the bottleneck(s) affecting the local ecosystem
  • Level of innovativeness of the specific policy lever(s) or program idea(s)
  • Level of personal commitment to shifting local government thinking on entrepreneurship
  • Extent to which the local effort helped set the example for national level action
  • Availability of metrics or evidence to show the impact of the policymaker’s efforts
  • Extent to which it is possible to replicate efforts, adapting to other policy areas or other ecosystems

This year, the four finalists for the Local Policy Leadership Award hail from four different countries, and have contributed to their community as a startup champion through a variety of initiatives ranging from ecosystem coordination and collaboration, to promoting entrepreneurship education and innovative skills building in local communities.

Rebecca has focused on access to skills by providing entrepreneurial education, workshops and events to youth aged 10-24, many of which in collaboration with the local government authorities, particularly in the Simcoe County. Ms. Palmer works with ecosystem actors including Startup Barrie, the  City of Barrie, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and Georgian College’s Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. She is also currently working on developing a new microloan program that provide access to capital to youth under the age of 19, and as such continues to test programs that could be then scaled by public sector agencies.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer

Chief Facilitator and CEO, EntreLaunch Inc.

705-791-2320

Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

 

September 20, 2017: The Dynamo Show with EntreLaunch Founder Rebecca Palmer

The DYNAMO Show hosted by James Erdt, Chief Architect of WOW for DYNAMO Entrepreneur, interviews visionaries, thought-leaders and game-changers who are ‘Living Well & Doing Good’ in their communities and around the world. Episode 53 – Merav Richter – Sarah Fisher Durst – Rebecca Palmer. Full episode here.

EntreLaunch recognized as a leader in global entrepreneurship

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/entrelaunch-recognized-as-a-leader-in-global-entrepreneurship-643205

June 13, 2017 – EntreLaunch is pleased to announce that they are a recipient of the Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. These funds will go to sponsoring over 80 youth at two IMPACT Cup events this year.

IMPACT Cup is a multi-day event designed to help attendees develop ideas to solve local, regional or global issues. The first event will be held at Georgian College, Barrie Campus on July 5-7. Registration is free for teens aged 13-19. Youth are encouraged to register early as each event has a capacity of 40 teens. For more information about IMPACT Cup or to register, please go to www.entrelaunch.org/impactcup/.

With an emphasis on end user benefit and uptake, this program will ensure attendees learn how to develop a business plan and how to validate the idea for its target market.

Learning sessions preceding each work day will provide an overview on various tools and ideas (including how to identify end user needs) to benefit attendees as they design the ultimate pitch. Attendees will be engaged in an active learning process throughout the event. IMPACT Cup encourages teams to identify what impact their project will have in the world through a MISSION to create an impact at a local, regional or global level.

EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to
think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next
5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future
through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial
education.

For younger youth, EntreLaunch is running summer programs for kids age 9-14. Please find more information about these programs at www.entrelaunch.org.

 

Startup Canada, the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, and Export Development Canada announced June 9 the three recipients of the 2017 Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship. The Fund invests in high-impact initiatives that advance the prospects of Canada’s globally-oriented, entrepreneur-led companies.

 

“We are pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients,” said Dan Mancuso, Vice-President of the International Growth Capital group at EDC. “The diversity of these initiatives really reflects the talent and inclusive spirit of Canada’s entrepreneurship community, of which Adam Chowaniec was a vigorous champion.”

 

The Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship was established in 2015, in memory of Dr. Adam Chowaniec, the Founding Chairman of the Startup Canada Board of Directors and a former EDC Board Member. Dr. Chowaniec was known in Canada’s tech community for his involvement in starting, growing, and selling more than a dozen companies and creating the Amiga Computer.

 

Dr. Chowaniec championed Canada’s grassroots entrepreneurship movement with a particular goal of encouraging and supporting more Canadian entrepreneurs and business to anchor deeply in Canada and grow strong, global companies.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Palmer

Chief Facilitator and Founder, EntreLaunch Inc.

705-791-2320

Rebecca@entrelaunch.org

About EDC

EDC helps Canadian companies go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies.

For more information about how we can help your company, call us at
1-888-434-8508 or visit www.edc.ca.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community for Canada’s entrepreneurs. Through flagship programs, digital platforms, and cross sector partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector, and government, Startup Canada offers training, resources, and a peer network to give every entrepreneur equal opportunity for success. As members of Startup Canada, entrepreneurs are championed by the community and are given a national voice to media, industry and government. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca or the Startup Barrie site http://www.startupbarrie.ca/

 

February 2, 2017 Green Hackathon this weekend in Barrie (Barrie Today)

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/green-hackathon-this-weekend-in-barrie-524872 via @barrietoday

November 2015 Celebrate Failure with Entrepreneurs in Barrie (Simcoe.com)

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/6113290-celebrate-failure-with-entrepreneurs-in-barrie/

Canadian entrepreneurs tackle key issues at G20 youth summit (Globe and Mail)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/treps-down-under-canadians-tackle-entrepreneurship-issues-at-g20-youth-summit/article19912615/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

July 4, 2014 Barrie delegate working to help young entrepreneurs (Simcoe.com)

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4611134-barrie-delegate-working-to-help-young-entrepreneurs/#.WeOSVH8lsb4.twitter