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Spur Innovation

The City prides itself as a forward-thinking organization leading the charge in municipal services. In the same vein, we strongly support our businesses in harnessing the power of innovation in their own organizations.

Mayor's Innovation Awards

These awards recognize Barrie organizations and individuals who have embraced creative problem solving and made an impact in their community, industry, or organization. Here are the top 5 finalists in each category:

Startup Innovation

TandemPark , Good Green Earth, SBS Drivetec Inc, OnPodcastMedia , One More Story Games

Innovative Business

CSR Cosmetics, DriveWise, Environmental Systems Corporation, Innovative Automation, WTD Gloves

Innovative Institution

Alectra, Barrie Fire, Barrie North Collegiate, Georgian College + HBEC, RVH

Shift Disturber

Chad Ballantyne, Chris Adams, Robert Tigwell, Shakir Barmare, Stephen Loftus

Innovative Non-Profit/Social Venture 

The Creative Space, Growing Georgian, Higher Grounds Coffee House, TandemPark, Theatre By The Bay 

Good luck to all the nominees! Award winners will be announced at Xcelerate Summit on October 24th.​

How we Spur Innovation

There’s always something new happening in Barrie’s business community, bringing buzz with increased networking and conversations taking place. Invest Barrie, in collaboration with our community partners, runs various thought-provoking programs and workshops to encourage local businesses to think differently about their commercial landscape. By thinking differently, our businesses will be able to develop creative solutions that will allow them to better compete on both a national and global scale.  With the help of our partners, our aim is that Barrie companies will be leaders in their respective industries, and sought after for their services. Related document: Barrie Startup Resources

The City is focused on supporting the growth of an ecosystem that can foster a startup community and culture of entrepreneurship in Barrie. While the foundational building of a startup community often comes from grassroots initiatives, The City's Invest Barrie portfolio aims to play an important leadership role by:

  1. Enabling and creating connections between players in the ecosystem;
  2. Promote local successes of Barrie and raise the profile of the ecosystem; 
  3. Support the development and expansion of programming, infrastructure and partnerships that supports entrepreneurship.

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