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Startup Canada’s Canadian Export Challenge to be held virtually due to COVID-19

Startup Canada has announced the second annual Canadian Export Challenge (CXC), a competition for entrepreneurs to pitch and win up to $25,000 in cash and $100,000 in support, will be fully-digital this year due to COVID-19. “We want to make sure that participants are competing with companies at similar stages of growth,” said Kayla Isabelle, executive director of Startup Canada. This September, UPS, the Trade Commissioner Service, and Export Development Canada are collaborating with Startup Canada along with Mastercard and Scotiabank, and the event will be “powered” by Google Canada. CXC is among a number of Canadian startup events that have had to go virtual this year due to the pandemic. Techstars, for example, recently held its Startup Weekend online, and major tech conferences like Collision are also being held digitally.

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