Ask anyone familiar with Victoria Lennox to sum her up in a single word, and "tireless" would be it.
The Ottawa native is only 28, yet she has run or launched several organizations in the service of entrepreneurship, including the International Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, which spans 80 universities in 14 countries.
Her latest project is Startup Canada, and it's destined to be her biggest yet. Conceived in May 2011, the organization aims to unify the country's fragmented array of entrepreneurship support groups into a cohesive and more powerful whole.
By the time Startup Canada launched this March, it had 200 organizational partners; 12 steering committees comprising 180 entrepreneurs and supporters; and patrons including Brett Wilson, Indigo's Heather Reisman and Dani Reiss. It also has scheduled town-hall meetings in 30 cities to explore ways to eliminate startup barriers, help companies grow beyond the $10-million mark and get youth to consider entrepreneurship earlier in life.
How has Startup Canada come this far this fast? "Our first few champions drowned out any naysayers and created momentum even before we launched," says Lennox. "Whether you're building a following or a client base, value and celebrate your first adopters and equip them with the tools they need to celebrate you."
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