Michael Legary – 2012 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award

The Nelson Tech Club is proud to support Michale Legary in his finalist entry for innovation projects that will either improve their company’s processes, products or services, or their ability to better meet their clients’ needs.

His entry, titled “Grants with a Difference” which focuses financial support for hackerspaces and makerspaces across Canada.

With a unique marketing campaign, information security provider Seccuris wants to spur  grassroots creativity across Canada by distributing grants to non-profit groups known as community innovation spaces. Typically located in rented quarters, these entities enable innovation by providing physical space and equipment that would otherwise not be available to first-time or established entrepreneurs. “These local initiatives are one of the best kept secrets in Canada,” says Michael. “By encouraging this kind of homegrown ingenuity, our proposal will create new opportunities for Canadian communities, and build a larger pool of innovators and entrepreneurs to draw on.”

Inspired by the growth of these efforts in Canada and worldwide, Seccuris has seen how an amount as small as $1,000 can create new jobs and opportunities no one would have thought possible. Michael was excited to see the fruit of innovation spaces in Winnipeg: “A two-person team was able to start a snowboard company in three months; with just $300 to access the space and equipment, they built and tested their first prototypes. Connecting with groups like these helps deepen our involvement in the innovation sector and enable our access to technical influencers.”

For all types of organizations – private, public and non-profit – the key to anticipating the challenges of the future lies in cutting-edge innovation. The problem is how to tap into, and nurture it. Michael believes that being an entrepreneur is about more than just making money and sees entrepreneurship as a catalyst for change. “A vote for our project goes beyond helping Seccuris,” he says. “It nurtures grassroots ideas that can shape our collective future.”

You can vote for his project every day up until June 19th. The NTC proudly supports Michael in this great endevour.

VOTE FOR MICHAEL HERE

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