What do Erin Blaskie and I have in common? Well, we’re both very good looking, modest, shy, reserved… and we both have a golden boot! We won them last year at the OCRI Bootstrap awards. It was a great event hosted by OCRI and local celebrity Entrepreneur Bruce Firestone.
Last year recognized a lot of recognizable, and fast-growing startups including:
The Bootstrap awards are a great way to celebrate local entrepreneurs who battle it out daily to build their businesses. If you know an entrepreneur, you would be doing a great honour to them by nominating them for an award.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you should nominate yourself. It’s a great event and you’ll likely get some of the great benefits that I received by being a part of the event. Here’s some of the benefits that I received from the event:
- A golden boot!
- Free legal advice that helped us get a cool office space (thanks to Steve Sheppard from Brazeau Seller!)
- A new CFO (met at the event)
- Some great leads (and a couple of new clients)
- Press and social media shout outs
- Helped develop relationships with some great leaders in Ottawa
- Breakfast with Erin Blaskie and Trina Lamarche (no guarantee that you’ll have this opportunity!)
It’s hard running a startup and you deserve to get some recognition. So take 5 minutes to nominate yourself (or another startup). It’s worth it.
(Photo credit to Trina Lamarche’s iPhone!)By Scott Annan