Natalie Dakers President & CEO of Accel-Rx Canada's Health Science Accelerator has been recognized as a regional winner of the 2015 Startup Canada Award for "Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year".

VANCOUVER, Oct. 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Natalie Dakers President & CEO of Accel-Rx was recognized by Startup Canada as a British Columbian winner of the Startup Canada Award for Startup Canada Entrepreneur of the Year award. Ms. Dakers will be presented with the award November 4, 2015 at the Imperial Theatre - 319 Main St Vancouver, BC during a special grassroots event featuring a reception, ceremony, and fireside chats with winners.

Natalie Dakers has stated: "I am honoured and grateful for this award.  I would like to thank the Startup Canada community that made this possible and offer my congratulations to all the other winners.  The ability to advance innovation in Canada that has an impact on the well-being of Canadians and citizens around the world is a great passion of mine.  The fact that we can do this as entrepreneurs makes it even more fun and exciting.  I have had the pleasure and honour to work alongside so many likeminded and driven individuals that are very much part of winning this award." 

"Startup Canada Award winners and runners-up are architects of a better future for Canada for entrepreneurs," said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. "As champions of the entrepreneurship movement, they deserve to be celebrated to the highest degree. Thank you and congratulations to all nominees and winners for elevating the efforts, ambitions, and standards of success for the entrepreneurship community across Canada."

The Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the Canadian entrepreneurship community - celebrating and recognizing the individuals, communities and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

As a regional winner, Natalie Dakers CEO & President of Accel-Rx will be pushed forward to the National Adjudication Committee and the national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale at the CN Tower in Toronto on Dec. 1.

The BC & the North the Startup Canada Awards ceremony will be held during the Vancouver stop on Startup Canada's #EveryEntrepreneur Tour, which will provide on-site inspiration, mentorship and training to hundreds of local entrepreneurs.

The ceremony will take place at Imperial Theatre – 319 Main Street, Vancouver, BC 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Visit startupaward.ca/events for tickets.

The Startup Canada Awards are proudly supported by Intuit Canada, TruShield Insurance, UPS Canada, Wolf Blass, MNP LLP, Scotiabank, BDC, and TELUS. The Startup Canada Awards are also supported by Fluid Review by Survey Monkey and Rideau Hall.

For more information on the Startup Canada Awards, visit www.startupaward.ca.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in Canada. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup Communities and cross-sector initiatives, Startup Canada is advancing entrepreneurial momentum and a culture of entrepreneurship, as the voice of Canadian entrepreneurs. Learn more at StartupCan.ca.

About Accel-Rx

Accel-Rx is a new Canadian-focused health sciences accelerator supporting the creation and development of early-stage health sciences companies.  Accel-Rx provides resources to health sciences start ups to help maximize their potential and enable them to stay and grow in Canada and become the next generation of innovative health sciences anchor companies. Along with its partners, Accel-Rx invests seed capital and acts as a national connectivity hub for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and technical and business experts. Accel-Rx is a National Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

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For further information: Press Contact: Natalie Dakers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator, Direct Telephone: 604-788-0277, ndakers@accel-rx.com

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