Vancouver battling Ottawa for entrepreneurial spirit

Tom Pechloff
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Ottawa is in a heated battle with Vancouver for business supremacy as Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks into high gear.

Jason Connell, community marketing manager, Invest Ottawa

The annual event, which began Monday, is meant to celebrate innovators and job creators who launch startups.

Ottawa has won the GEW Canada City Battle for the last two years, but Vancouver is mounting a strong challenge this year, according to Jason Connell, community marketing manager for Invest Ottawa.

The goal of the competition is simple: to host more entrepreneur-related events than any other city during the week.

“It’s become very neck-and-neck on the home-stretch,” Mr. Connell wrote OBJ in an e-mail. “It’s really turned into a battle of escalation – we put up 50 events, they put up 55, we get up to 60, they raise to 65, and so on. We have until the end of the week to add events to our list, and we’re really pushing to hold onto the title belt!”

Ottawa now was more than 80 events listed.

While there are only bragging rights at stake in the City Battle, Mr. Connell hopes some real good comes out of it.

“I hope that these events launch a whole new generation of entrepreneurs in Ottawa and convinces people who may have been sitting on the fence to pursue entrepreneurship as a career, and I hope that it connects existing entrepreneurs to other entrepreneurs and community members and skills they may have lacked,” he wrote. “Sometimes you think you’re all alone in things, when there’s this great big community that exists that is more than happy to help you.”

Organizations: GEW Canada City Battle

Geographic location: Ottawa, Vancouver

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