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Canada trolls Silicon Valley for entrepreneurs

Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney was in Silicon Valley recently to promote Canada’s new Start-Up Visa, the first of its kind in the world.

“The message was delivered loud and clear to the entrepreneur community in Silicon Valley that Canada is open for business,” said Kenney. “The new Start-Up Visa will help Canada attract the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to build businesses, create jobs, and fuel economic growth.”

During his time in Silicon Valley, Kenney met with foreign entrepreneurs and influential figures in the start-up and tech communities, including founders of start-ups, accelerators, other business leaders, venture capitalists, angel investors and immigration experts to promote the Start-Up Visa and explain why Canada is a great place to start a business and invest.

Kenney attended TiEcon 2013, the world’s largest conference for entrepreneurs. He was a featured guest speaker at Stanford University where he met Vivek Wadhwa, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and author of The Immigrant Exodus, one of The Economist’s Books of the Year for 2012.

“There is huge interest in Canada’s new Start-Up Visa and in Canada’s expanding tech sector,” said Kenney. “Canada’s strong economic growth, low taxes and business costs, excellence in research and innovation, and top quality of life all make Canada a top country for innovative entrepreneurs looking to build their businesses. If you are a start-up entrepreneur and want to build a dynamic company that can compete on a global scale, then Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program is for you.”

The Start-Up Visa, which opened for applications on April 1, is an important part of Canada’s plan to build a fast and flexible economic immigration system. The Start-Up Visa Program provides Canadian private sector organizations with access to a broad range of entrepreneurs – including the world’s best and brightest – in whose ideas they can invest.

At the same time, the program provides immigrant entrepreneurs with valuable assistance in navigating the Canadian business environment, which can be a challenge for newcomers, and enables them to build innovative companies that can create Canadian jobs and compete on a global scale.

• Visit cic.gc.ca/startup for more information on the Start-Up Visa program.  

Posted: Jul 3, 2013

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