StartUP Sault Founder Receives 2017 Startup Canada Award

August 25, 2017| Sault Ste. Marie, ON –  Nevin Buconjic was recognized yesterday by Startup Canada as a regional winner (Ontario) of the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award, for advancing​ the​ environment​ ​and​ culture​ ​for​ entrepreneurship​ ​in​ ​Canada. Buconjic accepted the award at a red carpet ceremony in Ottawa attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and anchor company executives.

“It is with great honor that I accept this award for my work with Startup Canada, StartUP Sault and other activities promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in Sault Ste. Marie and beyond, said Nevin Buconjic, Founder and Community Lead of StartUP Sault. We don’t do these things for the recognition, but it feels truly rewarding to be recognized by my peers, and Canada’s entrepreneurial community.”

“Congratulations to all of this year’s 2017 regional award winners,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “Each and every one of these outstanding individuals and organizations have an immense impact on the future of Canada and they all represent the greatness and diversity of our nation’s entrepreneurship community.”

The Startup Canada Awards is the hallmark event and the largest celebration of the Canadian entrepreneurship community – recognizing the individuals, communities, and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement, and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

After hundreds of nominations poured in from across the country this Summer, Nevin Buconjic was one of the over 55 regional award winners that have been pushed forward to the National Adjudication Committee; comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts. The national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Ottawa on October 19, 2017.

For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Nevin Buconjic



Startup Canada Press Contact:

Lindsay Bright

Communications, Marketing and Digital Production Administrator, Startup Canada

613-627-0787 ext. 101


About StartUP Sault:

StartUP Sault is a grass-roots, volunteer organization connecting new entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provides the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies. StartUP Sault connects local entrepreneurs and innovators through events, meetups and networking opportunities. We are part of the Startup Canada Network. For more information about StartUP Sault, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 Since 2014, StartUP Sault has held 32 local events, meetups and training sessions, impacted over 1,200 entrepreneurs and students, completed two entrepreneurial ecosystem projects and hosted discussions of eight business and leadership books through its Startup Book Club program.

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

The objectives of the awards are to:

  1. Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  2. Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  3. Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

 About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. Learn more at

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