Futurpreneur Canada-Supported Entrepreneur Receives Prestigious Innovation Award

May 8, 2017

Entrepreneurship and innovation enables youth to effect change

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TORONTO (May 8, 2017) – The Governor General’s Innovation Awards have recognized David Brown as an outstanding Canadian who is actively shaping our future. The young New Brunswick biotechnology entrepreneur’s innovative technology produces a natural biopolymer, chitosan, which is extracted from fungus and mushrooms and helps researchers to develop cancer therapeutics, gene delivery devices, antimicrobials and other pharmaceuticals.

“Innovating means not being complacent with small and large issues facing society,” said Brown founder of Mycodev Group and co-founder of Chinova Bioworks. “There’s no doubt in my mind that innovation is a form of activism. I see the issues of polluting chemical processes and disease-causing food ingredients, and I can use innovation to effect change in a positive direction.”

“Innovation is a primary driving force behind Canada’s prosperity, standard of living and quality of life,” said Julia Deans, CEO, Futurpreneur Canada, which has supported Brown’s entrepreneurial journey. “Futurpreneur supports young innovators like David with start-up financing, mentorship and resources so that they can contribute to an inclusive, compassionate Canada. On behalf of the entire team at Futurpreneur, I congratulate David on this well-deserved achievement.”

Both the Governor General and Futurpreneur recognize that, in a competitive and interconnected world, innovation is fundamentally important to all Canadians and look to inspire entrepreneurial Canadian youth to foster an active culture of innovation that will have a transformative, positive impact meaningful impact on Canadian lives.

“Today’s youth are in for a rough ride,” said Brown. “They need to secure their own future, however it best suits their goals in life. I strongly encourage everyone to look at innovation and entrepreneurship as a way to both have a fulfilling life and to spark change in society and the world.”

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About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of enterprising young Canadians since 1996. We’re the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39 – 10,000 to date. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of almost 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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