Canadian Export Challenge

It’s time to take your business to the next level with #CXC2020.

Looking to enter new markets, but now sure where to begin?

The 2020 Canadian Export Challenge is the first nationwide, fully-digital pitch competition for Canadian entrepreneurs looking to go global. This year applicants can apply online, and submit their first-round pitch through a 90 second video.

This September, regional entrepreneurs will be pitching to win $5,000 (scale-up category), $2,500 (startup category), and a chance to win up to $25,000 and up to an additional $100,000 in in-kind scaling support at the Grand Finale in October.

Here’s an exclusive look at some of the entrepreneurs you’ll hear from across the 5 regional events:


A one-day Global Accelerator is an event designed to get your company export-ready! There will be workshops, panels, and keynotes from industry experts—and opportunities to connect one-on-one with Canada’s global expansion support providers and gain privileged access to trade information, market intelligence, global accelerators, and more!

Each regional event also has two pitch competitions—one for startups and one for scale-ups. Competing entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch to win $2,500 (startup category) and $5,000 (scale-up category). 

Winners from each region will move onto the CXC Grand Finale in October. There, they will compete again for a chance to win up to $25,000 cash and up to $100,000 in support.

Even if you don’t intend to pitch, CXC is a great opportunity for companies to network with members of Canada’s entrepreneurial and export ecosystems. 

In short, if you’re interested in going global with your business—CXC is for you! 


COVID-19 has put entrepreneurs across the globe in an unprecedented position of uncertainty. Given border closures and the international response to this pandemic, the export community is navigating uncharted territory. 

This year, in addition to its historical elements, CXC will aim to be a space for Canadian exporters and industry partners to come together and provide support to each other, as we all navigate the resulting export environment. 

In the leadup to CXC in September, we’ll be hosting a series of digital bootcamps with our partners to help entrepreneurs get export-ready and learn how to craft a perfect video pitch.   

This fall’s regional events will combine a series of live stream presentations, breakout sessions, a virtual growth lounge, interactive learning—in addition to a digital pitch competition. 

We’re excited to bring you Canada’s first nationwide, virtual pitch competition. In the past, we’ve been limited by geography. In this digital format, we hope to be able to reach entrepreneurs from all across Canada.


From September 14th to September 21st, 2020, we will host 5 regional digital events:

Startup Greater Moncton Pitches, May 29th, 2019


Congratulations to Robert Lemoine of Unique Diesel Solutions for winning the Startup Greater Moncton pitch workshop on May 29, 2019. Special thanks to organizer Simon Gauvin and the great team of panelists: Michel Chiasson, Yves Boudreau, and Frederic Laforge who gave their time to really aid the group of local entrepreneurs. Also, a big thanks to McKenzie College for the venue, and Andrii Gulin for the great video.

Moncton Investors/Entrepreneurs

Moncton Investors/Entrepreneurs

Many young businesses tend to ask, “what is the best way to acquire investors in my business?”

The answer is… there is no best way. Finding investors is a process, it takes planning and hard work. But here are a few tips that may make find your perfect investor a little bit easier.

1.) Have a well-thought-out business plan

The very first thing you need to do it get investors interested in your business is to sit down and really take the time to create an organized business plan. How do you plan to grow your company and make it profitable? If you’re having troubles establishing your business plan, companies such as; 3+ Corp¹, Community Business Development Canada² (CBDC) or, Futurpreneur³, can work with you to construct an effective business plan.¹²³

2.) Networking to build relations

Network building is crucial when looking for investors. If you have a vast network of relationships finding investors becomes much easier. With high community standing investors may even seek you out! Get yourself out there, go to events and meet some new people you never know who you might run into. If you’re not sure where to start your networking, start here; StartUp Moncton¹ (SUM). The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton² (CCGM) is also an excellent place to start networking. Another great way to network is through social media, for example, LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with companies and business owners in your area. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on; are also good but are they are more personal so be aware of what you post. By getting involved in local events, getting yourself out there and keeping a social media presence you will have a stronger growing network in no time; with a strong network comes people looking for investment opportunities.¹²

3.) Pitches

Once you have an investors attention you are going to need to keep it. This is where an out-standing pitch is needed. Make sure you know what you want to say, explain to them exactly how investing in your business will make them money. Don’t beat around the bush; be direct. If you’re not feeling confident in your pitch, there are always ways to improve. Take the SUM pitches competition, for example, it’s a perfect opportunity to practice your pitches.

4.) Accelerators and incubators

If after going through the first three steps you still need a boost to find investors, accelerator and incubator programs are a good way to do so, but what are accelerators and incubators?


Accelerator programs come from companies such as B-Corps¹, Venn Innovation² and propel ICT³. Accelerators take your business through roughly 2 years of business growth within a few months. They provide you with a small starting capital and connect you to mentors in your field. At the end of the program, there is typically a demo show of sorts to display how your company has grown, thus attracting outside investors.¹²³


Incubator programs may take on earlier startups but they tend to be more specific depending on their sponsor. For example, an incubator program sponsored by a school may only be looking for educational startups. Usually, when accepted into an incubator program you will be relocated to work with other companies in the same incubator program. Co-working is a major part of an incubator program; you have shared workspaces and help refine each other’s ideas. The program will provide you with external mentors as well as a connection to the community. A couple of examples of this are the Hive la rouche¹ and Volta².

Both these programs are beneficial if you find the right fit for you. However, in either scenario, you will be connected to the community and longtime professionals in your field; building your network up and attracting investors. Hopefully, these tip help find the investor you’ve been trying to rope-in for so long.

If you’re still interested in learning more about accelerators and incubators, or even investors in general, here a few links to check out;

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone

Welcome / Bienvenue to our Entrepreneurs who will have registered a table to showcase their companies and will have an opportunity to speak at our event April 23rd at the Dieppe Public Library,

Speaker – Futurpreneur
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

Workspace Moncton is a community of bold minds who have chosen to work under the same roof. Our environment and the people around us inspire us to take action, to grow, to do better. Our Downtown location offers meeting space and private offices as well as co-working memberships

StanceWise is a provider of marketing and business training services, as well as a builder of an entrepreneurial and small business owner community. We offer weekly training and workshops, private and shared office space, and one on one and group coaching opportunities. We challenge entrepreneurs to push beyond the limits of their mindset (“their stance”) and give them the tools and support they need to build their business into an asset that will enrich every aspect of their life!

Scotia Bank
We offer personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets, through our global team of approximately 90,000 Scotiabankers.

Public Services and Procurement Canada – Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) in Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year – OSME can help businesses navigate the federal procurement process by raising awareness of opportunities and explaining the benefits of using, the federal portal to procurement information.

We would like to invite you to our upcoming networking event on April 23rd, 6pm – 8pm, at the Dieppe Public Library.
Speaker – Futurpreneur
Tables to showcase your business are available for $50. To fill out the Vendor Registration Form click here.


We hope to see you there!

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Startup Canada | Day On The Hill 2018

Startup Canada | Day On The Hill 2018

Debbie Collins in Ottawa this week for Startup Canada’s annual Day on the Hill, representing Startup Moncton.

We’re here meeting with federal government ministers and our MPs, lobbying for the 2.3 million entrepreneurs across Canada. We work with our regional MPs to continue to build support for the growing and thriving entrepreneurial eco-system. It’s a packed 3 days here on the Hill.

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