iTel receives Startup Canada award

iTel Networks has been recognized for its growth as an early-stage company. iTel received the Startup Canada award for High Growth Entrepreneurship, given to a company exhibiting average annual growth rates greater than 20 per cent per year.

Startup Canada supports a national grassroots network of small businesses. The annual awards celebrate “outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.”

“It’s just recognition for the people who work really hard here,” said iTel founder and chief operating officer Dan Rink. “We’re growing quickly because we do a good job and our customers like us and we get lots of referrals. I think mostly it’s just nice to have the recognition.”

Rink said support from mentors and advisors through Kamloops Innovation, the local technology business accelerator, has been critical to iTel’s growth. 

John Zubak, entrepreneur-in-residence at Kamloops Innovation, received the Startup Canada Lifetime Achievement Award for making a “long-term impact and enduring legacy” in advancing a culture for entrepreneurial growth.

Zubak is mentoring companies at Kamloops Innovation through the BC Innovation Council’s Venture Acceleration Program. It exists to guide and coach entrepreneurs starting new businesses.

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