Amaya will look to support entrepreneurship in Canada as an elite sponsor of Startup Open House, an event that looks to boost interest in new businesses across the country.

The event sees start-up businesses in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo, Quebec City and Vancouver open their doors to potential job seekers, business professional and members of the public into their workplaces.

Amaya said that it had become a key sponsor of the event as part of its commitment to aiding the growth of start-ups in Canada.

“Entrepreneurialism is the lifeblood of Amaya and a driving force of the Canadian economy,” Amaya chief executive David Baazov said. “We're proud to have grown from a small group of entrepreneurs in Montreal to a global leader in online services.

“I am keenly aware of the challenges entrepreneurs face, especially in the current economic landscape. That's why it's critical to support the next generation of startups as they build companies that will become tomorrow's industry giants.

“Startup Open House is doing great work by providing an avenue for entrepreneurs to gain visibility, and we are extremely proud to support this initiative,” he added.

The event is run by Credo, a company providing project management experience, which was co-founded by LP Maurice, also chief executive of bus travel start-up Busbud.

“It's been exciting to see the growth of this event in the past three years,” Maurice said of the event. “And now, thanks to Amaya, we will be able to raise even more awareness about the event, offering local entrepreneurs that much more exposure and opportunities to connect with top talent.

“It's really great to see corporate players like Amaya supporting a community-based initiative like Startup Open House,” he said.

The Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver open days will take place on October 29th, with the Waterloo and Quebec City events to follow on November 5th.