(TORONTOMay 18 2021: Azadeh Dastmalchi, owner of VitalTracer and full-time student at the University of Ottawa, has won $10,000 and has been named 2021 Student Entrepreneur National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, HSBC Bank Canada. 

VitalTracer is a medical start-up that offers both SaaS solution and a smartwatch that accurately captures vital signs without disrupting daily life. The aim is to create a platform for those who need to improve or manage health with a convenient and non-invasive solution. 

“At HSBC, we aim to help communities and businesses thrive, supporting the entrepreneurial spirit that drives success,” says Caroline Tose, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Bank Canada, and executive sponsor for the partnership. “We couldn’t be more pleased to recognize these outstanding young entrepreneurs who are the future of Canada!” 

Azadeh earned the coveted title of Student Entrepreneur National Champion – competing against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs across CanadaAfter qualifying through the Student Entrepreneur Opening Round of Competition, Azadeh went head to head with two other student entrepreneur finalists, pitching her business to a panel of business executives. She was crowned Student Entrepreneur National Champion on May 18 at the Enactus Canada National Exposition. 

“At Enactus, we strive to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” said Enactus Canada president, Nicole Almond. “Azadeh exemplifies the qualities we hope to inspire in our future leaders. We are honoured to celebrate her accomplishments and help advance VitalTracer through this financial award and recognition.” 

The Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education. 

For competition updates, visit nationals.enactus.ca. All competition results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition following the event. 


ABOUT THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR NATIONAL COMPETITION: To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future. Every year, student entrepreneurs present their businesses to panels of Canada’s industry leaders in national competitions in order to be named Enactus Canada’s Student Entrepreneur National Champion. 

ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 39,000 lives.  

As a global network of 35 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca. 

ABOUT HSBC BANK CANADA:  HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in the country. We help companies and individuals across Canada to do business and manage their finances internationally through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Wealth and Personal Banking. HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC Bank Canada, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,984bn at 31 December 2020, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.                                                                   

Media Inquiries:
Gaston Calzato
Manager, Marketing & Communications 
Enactus Canada 
gaston@enactus.ca | 647.867.6357