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Launch Lab Client Fauxmagerie Zengarry Awarded $100K from the Government of Canada ‘Women Entrepreneurship Fund’

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Alexandria, Ontario — Wednesday, May 1, 2019 — Launch Lab, a Regional Innovation Centre and part of the ONE Network located in Kingston, Ontario, is proud to announce that Fauxmagerie Zengarry, under the leadership of President Lynda Turner, is the recipient of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund in the amount of $100,000, in nonrepayable contribution funding for 12 months – as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing gender equality.

Fauxmagerie Zengarry, founded in 2013, has seen rapid growth and increasing demand for its dairy-free cheeses, which are hand crafted within their Alexandria-based production facility. Now found coast-to-coast in retail locations including Whole Foods, Metro and IGA, Fauxmagerie Zengarry strives to create innovative products while continuing to grow its business and create employment opportunities in their rural community.

“We are honoured and pleased to be listed among so many worthy recipients of the Women Entrepreneurial fund,” said Lynda Turner, president of Fauxmagerie Zengarry. “This funding will enable us to hire more talented individuals as well as expand our warehouse in order to meet the growing demand for our vegan cashew cheeses.”

“I would like to thank Launch Lab for their continued support and business mentorship which has truly helped us grow and expand at the rate we are experiencing today,” said Lynda. “Their expertise and business experience go a long way in helping entrepreneurs like me get to the next level in business.”

“We are delighted to see Fauxmagerie Zengarry receive this well-deserved funding,” said Scott Runté, Launch Lab CEO. “Our Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program has been able to provide marketing, sales and distribution experience to help the company scale its operations. We look forward to continuing to work with Lynda and her team as part of our goal to help companies like Fauxmagerie Zengarry, that are the future of Eastern Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem.”

Fauxmagerie Zengarry has also benefited from the support of the Cornwall & the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation. The company has received two grants from the Eastern Ontario Development Program to help the company increase their production capacity. “I would like to congratulate Fauxmagerie Zengarry on their continued and well-earned success. Lynda is tirelessly committed to her community and we are proud to have the opportunity to support her growth,” said Lesley Thompson, Executive Director, Cornwall & the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation.

About Fauxmagerie Zengarry – Award-winning vegan cashew cheese company Fauxmagerie Zengarry was born in 2013 out of Lynda Turner’s dissatisfaction with the vegan cheese options on the market. After 25 years in the health and food industry and working as a senior scientist with Health Canada, her passion shifted to creating delicious, plant-based cheese using fresh, local ingredients like Ontario garlic and basil grown in-house on their living wall. Vegan dairy substitutes have come a long way over the past decade. Fauxmagerie Zengarry offers a line of cultured plant-based cheese that tastes as good as the dairy version. Zengarry’s fauxmages are now one of the most sought-after cashew cheeses in Canada and can be found in almost 400 retail and health food stores across the country. For more information on Fauxmagerie Zengarry, visit www.zengarry.com

About Launch Lab – Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, Launch Lab’s regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft). Launch Lab’s head office is in Kingston and has a team of Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) that operate throughout the region. Launch Lab’s purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario. For more information on Launch Lab, visit www.launchlab.ca Media Contact: Garrett Elliott, [email protected]

About Cornwall & the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation – The Cornwall & the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation is one of 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario funded by the Community Futures Program through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev Ontario). They deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. For more information, visit http://mycommunityfutures.ca

About The Women Entrepreneurship Fund – By addressing women’s economic empowerment through initiatives such as the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, Canada will have the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP by 2026 and reach its goal of doubling the number of majority womenowned businesses by 2025. As part of the Strategy, the Government is making funding available directly to women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. The objective is to provide support to women to grow their businesses and facilitate their pursuit of opportunities in markets abroad. The Fund is a $20 million investment providing up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding for 12 months. For more information about the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, visit https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/128.nsf/eng/home