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FanSaves Wins RC100 2019


Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation Announces the Winner of its Second Startup Competition

August 14, 2019 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

PEMBROKE, Ontario–After three intensive rounds of competitive down-selection, FanSaves won the second annual RC100 Startup competition, securing $100,000 in early-stage investment from Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC).

FanSaves is a platform that helps sports teams and other organizations activate their fan base, increase engagement and compile valuable customer data and ROI. Their mobile app gives fans discounts and deals from sponsors of their favourite teams and organizations. Each redemption is tracked in a dashboard, unique to each team and sponsor, and gives them customer analytics and a way to track return on investment.

“We want to prove that you don’t have to live in Silicon Valley to be a successful tech company. We want to show the world that Renfrew County is THE place to do business and we want to prove that a rural county can help produce a world-class tech startup. The RC100 investment will make this possible”. Shannon Ferguson, Co-Founder & CEO FanSaves.

The competition, which began in February of this year with 28 entries, officially ended today at the SRB Technologies Inc. RC100 Startup Reception held at the Pembroke & Area Airport.

“We are excited to be backing FanSaves” said Ray Bonenberg, Chair of Renfrew County CFDC’s Board of Directors. “The innovative software is impressive but even more so, the people who are behind its commercialization. Congratulations to all.”


About FanSaves

FanSaves is disrupting the way teams (including sports teams, organizations, towns and BIAs, e-sports, events, festivals, universities and colleges, and influencers) sell sponsorship and advertising by giving businesses who sponsor these entities a way to track their return on investment, as well as valuable customer data. Their app is the first platform that connects fans to multiple teams and their sponsors all in one place; activating their fan bases and encouraging them to spend money at the businesses that support their favourite or local teams. Incentivizing people with discounts and deals on the FanSaves app, not only helps them save money but also promotes shopping local, enhances tourism in areas that are on FanSaves and acts as a conduit to help inform people (whether they are from the area or out-of-town) of places they can eat, shop, stay or get services at.

Find out more at

About RC100

RC100 is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and modelled after the successful N100, Northumberland’s CFDC’s open invitational technology startup competition. Delivered by Renfrew County CFDC in collaboration with L-SPARK, Startup Canada and Invest Ottawa, and through sponsorship by BDC, Algonquin College, City of Pembroke, Renfrew County Economic Development Department, MathWorks, Budgeto, SRB Technologies Inc. and powered by Reviewr, RC100 will enter its third year with a call for applications in January, 2020. Visit us online at

About FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario actively works to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. For more information, visit



Renfrew County CFDC‘s Executive Director, Diane McKinnon at 613 431 3951 ext. 222 or


Renfrew County CFDC’s Loan Manager, Mike Thompson at 613 431 3951 ext. 223 or

Rural Innovation Initiative Information Sessions – May 29-30

information sessions

Following the launch of the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario, come out to any of the three information sessions being held May 29-30, 2019 to learn more about the opportunity, who is eligible, what is eligible, and more.

Deadline for local applications is June 30, 2019.

Contact Kelley Lemenchick at 613-431-3951 ext. 229 or for additional information.



RC100 2019

Are you ready to take your start-up to the next level???
Now accepting applications for RC100 2019!

To see if you/re business is eligible, go to WWW.RC100.CA

Deadline for Applications is April 30, 2019

Financial Literacy for All – Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Community Futures Financial Literacy Workshop is an engaging hands-on workshop to help participants learn how to make a budget, manage expenses, understand credit and debt management, protect themselves from fraud and save for their future.

Come learn about the importance of understanding, having the skills and confidence to manage your day to day finances.

Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Kenwood Corporate Centre; Arnprior

Register by emailing Teena McKitchen at or call 613-431-3951.

Teeny Tiny Summit


Register now for Teeny Tiny Summit- An Economic Development Conference for Small Towns and Rural Townships

Thursday, April 4; 9 am to 4 pm


Calabogie Peaks Resort

Greater Madawaska Township

30 Barrett Chute Road- the downhill day lodge chalet

Calabogie ON K0J 1H0

CED 101 Training


Please join us for a Community Economic Development 101 Workshop coming up…hosted by the County of Renfrew at the Horton Community Cente, March 21, from 1 pm to 4 pm. This workshop is  geared towards new and returning municipal councilors, municipal staff, and others interested and involved in community economic development in their community.

To  register for a session please click this link. Other dates and locations available.

For more information, please email or call 1-877-424-1300.

Contact North Information Session


On January 15th, 2019, come learn more at one of the two information sessions. For your convenience, the sessions will be held in two locations, Pembroke and Renfrew.

Morning session:
Time: 10 AM
Location: 9 International Drive, Pembroke

Afternoon session:
Time: 2 PM
Location: 1035 O’Brien Road, Renfrew

Come learn more about how PARO and Contact North can assist your business in moving forward in 2019.

Contact North is an amazing resource that offers:
Distance education options to Ontario residents
LBS, Workplace Development, and High School courses for free
College and University courses and programs

PARO specializes in supporting women in business in small and medium sized businesses, and social enterprises. They have developed services and programs with exactly your needs in mind; start up, business growth and networking.