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Empowered Startups partners with Design 1st to launch new businesses


Vancouver-area based start-up incubator Empowered Startups Ltd. has partnered with Design 1st, an Ottawa-based provider of hardware product design, engineering and manufacturing set-up and will collaboratively bring three new products to market in the fall of this year.

These projects, conceived by three entrepreneurs recently selected by Empowered Startups, will target a variety of sectors. Empowered Startups sought out the expertise of Design 1st because of its proven track record in helping clients de-risk and launch over 500 electronics products into diverse markets.

“We run a distributed incubator model where we partner with expert talent across Canada to complement the build and launch of our startups,” says Amber Allen, director, Empowered Startups. “Design 1st brings a one-stop hardware product design, engineering and supply strategy experience to our business team. Our search for a reliable and creative full service team that will lead the development process led us to Design 1st and we are excited to work with them.”

Joint venture represents a powerful partnership for entrepreneurs

This joint venture represents a powerful partnership for entrepreneurs looking to transform their ideas from concept to market. As an incubator, Empowered Startups has gained a reputation for working with entrepreneurs to test the market, secure early adopters and provide funding support. The company also leverages its strong network to successfully bring new products to market.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Empowered Startups to support Canadian product innovation working with international clients and markets,” adds Design 1st president Kevin Bailey. “Empowered Startups is a great fit for our team, sharing Canadian values and expanding our retail, commercial and medical design engineering process.”

Empowered Startups selected several entrepreneurs who moved to Canada on the country’s Start-up Visa Program. Their ideas and skills contribute to the Canadian economy by creating new jobs for Canadians, providing Canadian manufacturing opportunities, as well as advancing research and innovation. The entrepreneurs have been heavily involved in every step of the process and will contribute their local expertise in selling the new products in their home countries.