Are you interested in fast‑tracking your global business growth?

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is proud to be supporting Startup Canada’s annual Canadian Export Challenge, in collaboration with Export Development Canada (EDC) and UPS for a third consecutive year.

The 2020 Canadian Export Challenge will feature a series of regional 1-Day Digital Global Accelerators with a digital pitch competition, followed by a grand finale supporting entrepreneurs as they adapt their business models to navigate implications brought on by COVID-19 and expand their businesses globally.

5 regionally focused digital events

  • British Columbia and North
  • Prairies Region
  • Ontario Region
  • Atlantic Region
  • Quebec Region

Pitch Competition

This year’s digital pitch competition will have two categories.

  • Category for start-ups
  • Category for scale-up companies.

In each of the five (5) regions, entrepreneurs will pitch to win $5,000 (for the scale-up category) and $2,500 (for the startup category). Entrepreneurs in both categories will complete their first-round pitches via online video submission.

Winners from each region will move onto the CXC Grand Finale in October, with a chance to pitch to win up to $25,000 in cash and $100,000 in support. Applications open June 1, 2020!

Register to attend

Registration starts June 1 and information to participate in these free events will be available at Startup Canada’s official webpage for the Canadian Export Challenge.


Why your organization should participate:

  • Gain insights and market intelligence

Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:

Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service

  • Networking event

Stay connected

Stay tuned for more information on digital bootcamps to help prepare Canadian entrepreneurs to expand globally as well as tips and tricks on how to craft a perfect video pitch.

Virtually connect with TCS Trade Commissioners from across Canada at CXC, ask export questions and learn how the TCS helps Canadian businesses grow.

  • international opportunities, including how to take advantage of Free Trade Agreements
  • Funding and support programs such as CanExportCanadian Technology Accelerators
  • Dedicated support for export-ready and export-active businesses owned by underrepresented groups
  • Network of Trade Commissioners in 160+ cities worldwide.