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TEA COM­PANY HELPS WITH SYR­IAN REFUGEE SET­TLE­MENT

Su­raiTea, a B Corp so­cial startup founded by Univer­sity of Ot­tawa MBA stu­dent Kevin Smi­ley this spring, aims to “use the power of the mar­kets to cre­ate pos­i­tive so­cial change” by cre­at­ing jobs for newly ar­rived Syr­ian refugees in Canada and by do­nat­ing funds to non­profit groups help­ing with their re­set­tle­ment. The com­pany, which sells tra­di­tional Syr­ian jas­mine tea, hired 20 Syr­ian refugees for a day to pro­duce its ini­tial batch of 1,000 units, gen­er­at­ing $2,500 in wages. Su­raiTea plans to do­nate $5,000 from the first batch of sales to the Sal­va­tion Army to help with its refugee re­set­tle­ment ef­forts. The com­pany re­ported $2,000 in sales in the first two days.

FOUR OT­TAWA EN­TREPRENEURS AMONG FI­NAL­ISTS FOR EY AWARD

EY has named the 50 fi­nal­ists for its On­tario Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and four lo­cal en­trepreneurs have made the cut. Ja­son Flick of You.i TV and David Ross of Ross Video are nom­i­nated in the me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment cat­e­gory, while Tracey Clark of Bridge­head Cof­fee and Craig Betts of So­lace Sys­tems round out Ot­tawa’s fi­nal­ists. The pro­fes­sional ser­vices firm will choose win­ners in each of the 10 cat­e­gories as well as an over­all win­ner for On­tario. That win­ner will go on to the na­tional awards and then, if suc­cess­ful again, con­tinue on to rep­re­sent Canada at the in­ter­na­tional awards.

GO GIVE-BACK WINS CAP­I­TAL AN­GELS PITCH CON­TEST

Af­ter nine en­trepreneurs com­peted in the Cap­i­tal An­gel Net­work’s three-minute pitch con­test last month, mo­bile-app startup Go Give-Back won the af­fec­tion of the judges, along with $7,500 in startup con­sult­ing ser­vices and prizes that co-founder Liora Rait­blat says will help the young com­pany gain ex­po­sure and make con­nec­tions with po­ten­tial part­ners and clients. The firm de­vel­oped an app that lets phi­lan­thropists col­lect in­stant “in-the-mo­ment” do­na­tions for char­i­ta­ble causes and events. This spring, it was cho­sen as one of the top five star­tups from the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa and is part of this sum­mer’s Startup Garage in­cu­ba­tor pro­gram.

SHELF EX­CHANGE PAIRS MAK­ERS WITH RE­TAIL­ERS

Ot­tawa startup Shelf Ex­change is an on­line mar­ket­place that prod­uct mak­ers can use to book space in in­de­pen­dent re­tail stores in or­der to help sell their prod­ucts. The In­vest Ot­tawa port­fo­lio com­pany made its first book­ing this month, as in­de­pen­dent hand­made jew­elry maker Birch Jew­ellery can now be found in the Welling­ton West women’s wear shop Twiss & We­ber. The firm ex­pects to have five stores avail­able for short-term ren­tals by mid-fall, of­fer­ing lo­cal mak­ers a brick-and-mor­tar al­ter­na­tive to on­line mar­ket­places such as Etsy.

NOM­I­NA­TIONS OPEN FOR STARTUP CANADA AWARDS

En­trepreneurs from Ot­tawa and across Canada are in­vited to nom­i­nate them­selves or some­one else for the Startup Canada Awards. There are 16 awards in four cat­e­gories, and win­ners are pre­sented with their awards at a cer­e­mony in Toronto be­fore an au­di­ence of Canada’s top busi­ness jour­nal­ists, in­vestors and lead­ing an­chor com­pa­nies. Among last year’s win­ners was Ja­son Flick of Ot­tawa-based You.i. Nom­i­na­tions are due July 20 by 11:59 p.m. at star­tu­paward.ca.

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