City celebrates immigrant entrepreneurs at TiE Entrepreneurial Summit

Published on
November 10, 2023
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Business, economy and innovation

The City of Ottawa has recognized five local entrepreneurs for their significant contributions to Ottawa’s economy. The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were presented today during TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) Ottawa’s TiE Entrepreneurship Summit.

The 2023 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award recipients are:

  • Basavaraj Halli – CEO and Co-Founder, farmNXT, GoFor Delivers &
  • Dr. Helen Tang – Founder & CEO, Helen Tang Real Estate
  • Amit Chawla – Founder & President, Capital Home Medical Equipment
  • Ty Arslan – President, Auspice Safety

The Youth Immigrant Entrepreneur Award recipient is:

  • Drayton Mulindabigwi Jabo – Chairman/CEO, The Novas Group

For more information about each award recipient, please visit

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards recognize the success and contributions of individuals who were born outside of Canada and now make Ottawa their home. Since the awards began in 2012, 45 local entrepreneurs have been recognized by the City of Ottawa..

TiE Canada is the largest network of entrepreneurs and professionals in the world, dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. TiE Ottawa fosters entrepreneurship in the National Capital Region by supporting budding entrepreneurs with mentorship, networking, education and global connectivity.

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Entrepreneurs, like those we are honouring today, directly contribute to the success of Ottawa's business community and are a testament to the diversity and the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our city. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. And a special congratulations to the first ever recipient of the Youth Immigrant Entrepreneur Award – celebrating the passion, creativity, and potential of our future entrepreneurial leaders.

Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa