Bonnie Foley-Wong, CEO Pique Ventures, Receives British Columbia Entrepreneur Promotion Award of 2019 by Startup Canada

Vancouver, BC – May 14, 2019 Bonnie Foley-Wong received the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award in Vancouver, BC presented by Intuit Quickbooks. This award recognizes Bonnie’s contribution to advancing Canadian entrepreneurship through her leadership, innovation and impact at Pique Ventures.

Upon receiving the award at the sold-out BC regional event, Bonnie acknowledged that the award celebrates not only financial success but different measures of success such as how Pique portfolio company Careteam helps take care of people or how FoodMesh helps take care of the planet.

Pique Ventures is an impact venture capital firm, founded in 2012, and has a triple bottom line approach to investing in and supporting startups. Pique launched its first fund, Pique Fund, in 2014, enabling 41 pioneering investors to invest in seven women-founded startups in BC. Pique prides itself on the diversity within its investor community and portfolio companies. 75% of Pique Fund’s capital comes from women and a third of its investors identify as people of colour. Around 40% of the management teams and of the total workforce employed by Pique portfolio companies are represented by women and 26% by people of colour. Pique is currently working on a second impact venture fund to continue to support a diverse community of entrepreneurs building companies that care, connect, and protect.

If you also believe in supporting women and underrepresented entrepreneurs, learn more about Bonnie’s current crowdfunding campaign to harmonize venture capital.

“Congratulations to the 2019  winners of the Startup Canada Awards,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and President of Startup Canada. “Each and every one of these outstanding recipients have an immense impact on the future of Canada and they all represent the greatness and diversity of our nation’s entrepreneurship community. We are proud to celebrate excellence and enduring impact across Canada by recognizing the entrepreneurs, innovators and support ecosystem making it happen.”

“To me, this award represents more women and underrepresented and underestimated people belonging in the venture community and being able to become investors and entrepreneurs,” said Bonnie. “I’m excited to see impact investing recognized and celebrated – it is the way of the future!”

Regional winners will now be evaluated by the National Adjudication Committee; comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts. The national winners will be announced and celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Toronto in October, 2019.

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Please support our crowdfunding campaign to help more female and underserved people get funded. If you support our campaign before May 16, as a THANK YOU, we will send you a free ebook version of Bonnie’s book, Integrated Investing as well as ebook copies of her upcoming books Capitalize (helping entrepreneurs raise capital) and What Counts (disrupting impact measurement) (working titles).

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the Canadian entrepreneurship community. The awards celebrate and recognize individuals, communities, and institutions that demonstrate innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement, and impact in advancing entrepreneurship in Canada:

  •      Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  •      Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  •      Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial and innovation community.

For more information, visit www.startupaward.ca.

About Pique Ventures

Pique Ventures is an impact investment and management company. Pique Ventures enables a diverse community of investors to pursue integrated investing. Integrated Investing is a proprietary investment decision-making methodology to help create a better world and was developed specifically to evaluate impact and early-stage ventures.

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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