Toronto, ON, September 17, 2018 | Hybrid Power Solutions Inc was named the winner at the Toronto Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition. Francois Byrne, Co-Founder and Product Director, won $1,000 and a trip to Ottawa to pitch for the grand prize at Startup Canada Day on the Hill to CBC NextGen Dragon Nicole Verkindt and former Dragon, Brett Wilson, for the grand prize of $10,000 in the capital and up to $100,000 in resources and support.
Hybrid Power Solutions Inc, a Toronto-based early-stage business, is committed to providing reusable and renewable battery systems to power Canada’s industrial operations. Hybrid Power Solutions Inc builds clean and effective portable electric systems for mining, construction, railway, marine and military sectors.
“When your team has invested heart and soul into a product and brand they believe in, a win like this helps to validate our path and motivates us to keep pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said Francois Byrne, Project Director of Hybrid Power Solutions Inc. “Startups face an uphill battle when trying to market themselves, and events like these help support startups by promoting their success on a national level while preparing them for global exposure.
“Congratulations to the team at Hybrid Power Solutions as they innovate the future of sustainable energy,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “Through their zero emission power, their patent pending portable battery systems provide a renewable, reusable green technology system.”
Presented by Startup Canada in partnership with UPS Canada®, Export Development Canada, and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Canadian Export Challenge in Toronto showcased and supported more than 250 borderless businesses to go global.
Francois is set to travel to Ottawa to represent Toronto’s global startups on October 18th, where he will pitch to win the grand prize and title as Canada’s 2018 Global Entrepreneur, receiving a whole host of support and funds.
Follow the Canadian Export Challenge as it continues to tour across Canada stopping in Calgary on September 18th, Montréal on September 24th, Halifax on September 26th, ending in Vancouver on October 2nd. The winner of the grand prize will be announced October 18th in Ottawa.
For more information, to schedule interviews, and to secure your media pass at Day on the Hill, please contact:
Media Relations, Startup Canada
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.
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About Export Development Canada
Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian companies of all sizes go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies. For more information about how EDC can help your company, call us at 1-888-434-8508 or visit edc.ca.
About the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is Canada’s largest network of international business professionals – specialists with field access to global business opportunities to help Canadian companies succeed in markets spanning the globe. With over 120 years’ experience, the TCS is the go-to service for international business expertise and helps Canadian companies navigate the complexities of international markets with on-the-ground assistance available in over 160 cities worldwide. With a network of over 1,300 Trade Commissioners around the world, of which a large majority are locally engaged experts in their respective markets, the TCS also includes the Regional Business Network, which provides on-the-ground client service across Canada through 5 Regional Office hubs and Client Service Satellite offices co-located with partners in every province of Canada. By delivering tailored advice, the TCS helps Canadian businesses gain market insight, find new opportunities, connect with key contacts, and resolve business problems, so that they may make better, timelier decisions, propelling them to global growth. For more information, visit tradecommissioner.gc.ca.