DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair

Plan, launch & grow your business at our fair, October 19, 2022, 3–7 pm

Held annually in Surrey, BC, during Small Business Month, the DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair supports diverse entrepreneurs to get the knowledge and tools they need to plan, launch and grow their own business in Canada.

Our 2021 hybrid event was a great success with 150+ attendees, a dozen exhibitors, two inspirational speakers including celebrity chef Vikram Vij and Freshworks CEO Samarth Mod, and the presentation of our Immigrant Entrepreneur Grants.

We’re so pleased to announce that our 2022 event will be back in person with:

  • Full tradeshow with information and resources about starting a business
  • Immigrant business marketplace
  • Keynote speaker Avi Arya, founder, Internet Moguls on “How to be a Fearless Entrepreneur”
  • Sponsor presentations, including from presenting sponsor CWB
  • Our new DIVERSEcity Business Pitch Competition for immigrant and BIPOC entrepreneurs — Dragons’ Den style with selection of three winners with prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500. Apply here!
  • Presentation of the CWB Women Makers and Creators Award 2022 (two prizes of $1,000 each)

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 3–7 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Surrey City Hall 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Who can attend: Any member of the public or DIVERSEcity client or connection interested in entrepreneurship or starting a small business in BC. 



To learn more, contact selfemployment@dcrs.ca.



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Be a sponsor or exhibitor

Newcomers face countless barriers to employment, and the pandemic hasn’t helped. It’s no surprise then that many newcomers turn to self-employment and entrepreneurship after arrival, with higher rates than Canadian-born people. Statistics show that 10.8 per cent of self-employment Canadians are immigrants, versus 7.5 per cent who are born in Canada.

It’s, in fact, a global trend. A study by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found that immigrants were more likely to start businesses than native-born populations in most of the 69 countries surveyed. Why is this the case? Immigrants have the education, skills and risk tolerance to succeed as entrepreneurs. However, they lack information on the local context of doing business.

That’s why new immigrant entrepreneurs need additional support to plan, launch and grow their business. The DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair is a great starting point for newcomers and other diverse community members.

Want to connect with these immigrant entrepreneurs?  Join the DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur and Small Business Fair 2022 as a Business Pitch Competition Sponsor, Featured Exhibitor, Exhibitor or Door Prize Sponsor.

Download our Sponsorship Package 2022

Contact us to learn more! Email selfemployment@dcrs.ca.

Present at our DIVERSEcity Business Pitch Competition and win up to $2,000

Are you an immigrant or BIPOC entrepreneur? Apply now to present your business at our fair's pitch competition, and you could win one of three prizes of $2,000, $1,000 or $500.