Startups, Entrepreneurship & Ecosystem Building
Award-winning expert in advancing entrepreneurship.
Victoria Lennox is a 30-year-old Canadian social entrepreneur, commentator, program architect and policy advisor who has a track record of creating meaningful political and policy inroads to advance entrepreneurship. As the co-founder and CEO of grassroots non-profit Startup Canada and the founder and President Emeritus of UK-based Charity NACUE, Victoria is recognized by the UNDP and EU as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns. Victoria contributes actively on the global stage as the founder of Startup Generation; a catalyst of the Startup Nations; through speaking at global forums; as an advisor to more than 20 youth enterprise organizations; and, by supporting colleges and universities in countries across the world in enhancing student entrepreneurship. Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister; is the recipient of the UK's 'Enterprise Support Network Builder Award' and 'Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award' and has been recognized as a 'Top 30 Under 30' by
Real Business Magazine
, 'One to Watch' by
and as one of Canada's 'Top 30 Entrepreneurs' by
. Victoria is from Cambridge, Ontario and now lives in Ottawa. She completed her MSc. Global Governance & Diplomacy at Oxford University in 2008, before becoming the first woman President of Oxford Entrepreneurs. Victoria completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Governance & Public Policy at the University of Ottawa in 2006.
Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Entrepreneurship
On June 12, 2014, Startup Canada unveiled the winners of the 2014 Startup Canada Awards during a ceremony and reception atop the CN Tower. The Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the Canadian entrepreneurship community.
It's Time to Bridge the Entrepreneurial Financial Literacy Gap
Victoria Lennox's latest op-ed to the National Post While initiatives such as Financial Literacy Month, the report on financial literacy and the recent appointment of Jane Rooney as Financial Literacy Leader demonstrate an earnest commitment by the government to support consumer financial literacy, there remains little support to encourage and advance financial literacy among the millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Canada
Speaking & Support
Selection of Recent Speaking Engagements
Canadian Entrepreneurship Institute MC and Lecturer (Canada, May 2014) Region of Waterloo International Women's Day Keynote Speaker (Waterloo, March 2014) World Social Enterprise Forum - Social Entrepreneurship Panel & Workshop Facilitator (Calgary, October 2013) Cata Innovation Gala - Panelist (Ottawa, March 2013) Rural Resilience Conference - Panelist (Kingston, March 2013) Northern Ontario Leadership Conference - Speaker (Timmons, March 2013) Conference Board of Canada Innovation Summit - Session Keynote (Toronto, February 2013) New Brunswick Entrepreneurs Summit - Keynote (Fredericton, October 2012) Acadia University BMO Lecture Series - Guest Lecturer (Wolfville, NS - October 2012) Atlantic Dream Festival - Opening Keynote (Halifax - October 2012) CIVICUS Global Forum - Social Entrepreneurship Workshop Facilitator (Montreal, September 2012) Institute of Public Administration of Canada Annual Conference - Panelist with Tom Jenkins (St. John's, NL - August 2012) Growing Saskatchewan Conference - Keynote (Saskatoon, Oct 2011)
Opening Keynote Speaker at the LatAm Startup Summit in Lima, Peru - September 2014
Selection of Advisory Engagements
Expert Witness, Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2014) Expert Witness, Standing Committee on Finance (2014) Advisor, Bayview Yards Innovation Centre (2014) Advisor, GEW Canada (2013-2014) Participant, Minister Flaherty's Wakefield Retreat (2013) Advisor, HRSDC National Social Entrepreneurship Strategy (2012) Expert Witness, UNCTAD Expert Meeting (2011, Geneva)
Ottawa Global Entrepreneurship Week Coordinator - Invest Ottawa (2012) National Social University Enterprise Auditor, Leeds University Enterprise Centre (2010) Enterprise Learning Tools Conference Director, HEEG (2010) Israeli Innovation System Mapping & Report, Global Advantage Consulting (2010)
Fuelling a Grassroots Entrepreneurship Movement
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