StartUP Sault is a grass-roots, volunteer organization connecting new entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provides the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies. StartUP Sault connects local entrepreneurs and innovators through events, meetups and networking opportunities. We are part of the Startup Canada Network.

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie is working to build a supportive, thriving startup ecosystem and community in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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Our Team

Nevin Buconjic

Nevin Buconjic

Nevin is a serial entrepreneur, author, and strategic business advisor. Nevin is the Founder and Community Lead of StartUP Sault Ste. Marie. Nevin is the 2017 Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion...

Janelle Tang

Janelle is a passionate entrepreneur and the Paint Nite Sault Ste. Marie Licensee. She is actively involved in the community through fundraising initiatives and likes to support many grass-roots organizations.

Juan Moreno

Juan is a web developer, technical enthusiast & entrepreneur. Juan is the founder of On Focus Now and is involved in a number of other projects showcased at

Jodie McNabb

Jodie is a realtor and entrepreneur, Toastmaster and leadership guru. Jodie is the owner/operator or Yes! It Fits.

Nadia Amaral

Nadia is Senior Account Manager with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Nadia’s expertise includes business financing and growth.

StartUP Sault executive team members are entrepreneurs, innovators and community builders volunteering their time to develop, organize and facilitate entrepreneur-focused meetups, events, programs and initiatives to help grow a thriving startup community in Sault Ste. Marie. Want to join us? Reach out to us at and tell us why you think you can help StartUP Sault grow and make an even greater impact.

Community Enterprise Partners

Our community enterprise partners include the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Northern Region Partners and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).