WHO WE ARE
The Ottawa Network is a not-for-profit member-driven organization that connects entrepreneurs, academics, industry professionals, students, and government agencies to grow innovative businesses in the Ottawa region.
We partner with local incubators, accelerators, government and local businesses to co-host, promote and create events that provide networking and educational opportunities for entrepreneurs in and around the Ottawa region.
Our members come from a wide cross section of the Ottawa business, academic, and entrepreneurial community. We work in government, large businesses, small businesses and startups. We are students and leaders, startup builders and innovators.
Membership is FREE, as are all of our events. We understand bootstrapping to our core and want to create a community and resource where all entrepreneurs feel welcome.
Join us in our mission to build a stronger entrepreneurial community in Ottawa by participating in our events and discussions. Join our LinkedIN group to become a member and receive regular updates.
March 3rd, 2020 - The Marshes Golf Course hosted by Wesley Cover at TechTuesday
The Annual Bootstrap Awards celebrate self-capitalized businesses that have “bootstrapped” their growth with limited outside funding and achieved commercial success. The awards were created to recognize the outstanding achievements of early stage companies in all industries, both for-profit and non-profit, and across a range of distinct criteria-based categories.
Companies must be located in the National Capital Region, from Eastern Ontario to Western Quebec, have been in business less than seven years, and have received no more than $500,000 in outside capital funding (excluding debt).
The winner demonstrates how their company or organization is striving to improve the environment or contribute to environmental health or awareness through a combination of environmental and economic (commercial) sustainability.
The winner demonstrates how their company has applied scientific and/or engineering expertise and technology to solve a problem in a way that is unique and innovative.
The winner demonstrates how their company uses Software as a Service to provide a product that has customer uptake and enthusiasm as shown in number of customers and/or growth.
The winner demonstrates how they used innovative marketing strategies to attract media attention and stakeholder involvement while cost-effectively acquiring customers and clients.
BOOTSTRAP CAPITAL AWARD
The winner demonstrates their ability to self-finance and “bootstrap” their enterprise with limited or no help from Angel or Venture Capital investors, and grow their business while remaining economically viable and profitable.
The winner demonstrates how they are boldly trying to turn a business or paradigm on its head or changing an industry, and have received some early traction from supporters. This award celebrates those who have a big vision and are taking a risk to make their vision a reality.
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD
The winner demonstrates how their efforts or organization has had an impact on the community in terms of social good by improving diversity, providing a service or product to an under-served community, raising awareness of a cause or initiative through a unique event, campaign, or fundraising program and by using innovative and/or entrepreneurial techniques. This award may be given to an individual entrepreneur or company.
FOUNDER OF THE YEAR
This winner demonstrates exceptional leadership and ability to grow their company and build their business through stakeholder engagement and networking, and/or shown themselves to be a leader and influencer in the business community, acting as a peer role-model for other founders.
Green Award: Backcountry Wok Founder: Melanie Ang
Innovation Award: Tungsten Collaborative Co-founders: Mike Brown, William Dicke, Dave McMullin
SaaS Award: Rilea Technologies CEO/CTO: Lisa Hallsworth, Rob Hallsworth
Marketing Award: Hit Point Press Founder: Ricardo Evangelho
Bootstrap Capital Award: Space Strategies Co-founders: Adre Dupuis, Maria Rey, Anne-Marie Dupuis
Disruptor Award: Lightship Security Directors: Jason Lawler, Brad Proffitt, Greg McLearn, Lachan Turner
Community Impact Award: Sprig Learning CEO/CTO: Jarrett Laughlin, Faud Khan
Founder of the Year: Meta Innovation Technologies Founder: Dr. Ellie Ardakani
Green Award: Ecovena Founder/CEO: Trevor Boicey
Innovation Award: The Growcer Co-founders: Corey Ellis, Alida Burke
SaaS Award: PartnerPortal.io CEO: Josh Garellek
Marketing Award: Desk Nibbles Co-founders: Cassy Aite and Emil Aite
Bootstrap Capital Award: Purecolo CEO: Rainer Paduch
Disruptor Award: Brokrete CEO: Jordan Latourelle
Community Impact Award: Thawrih CEO: Sarah Abood
Founder of the Year: Open Door Education Services Founder: Heather Desjardins
TON of Demos!
Our free TON of Demos nights occur 5 times a year and provide a platform for new Ottawa companies to demo or share their venture with our community, get practice pitching, and get valuable feedback from our community on how to advance with their business. TON is committed to encouraging and supporting local entrepreneurship and celebrate our local entrepreneurs who are taking on the challenge of innovation in our community.
Doors open at 6pm, Demos begin at 6:30pm. Food and drinks are available for order from the full Clocktower menu.
Our next TON of Demos is:
- TBD pending COVID-19 all-clear -
If you’re an Ottawa innovator looking to pitch at a future TON of Demos night please get in touch with us!
Want to tell us how much you love the Ottawa Network? Interested in presenting your venture at an upcoming TON of Demos event?
Contact us! We love hearing from our community. The Ottawa Network is entirely run by volunteers and we love getting feedback from our members.