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Islam in Canada
In an age of rising Islamophobia can global Muslim startups and the sheer size of the global Muslim market impact ignorance and hatred? As extremism continues to lead headlines about Muslims, how can the story about global Muslim entrepreneurs shine beyond the small minority of extremists who make headlines? This is the biggest story about Muslims around the world not being told, a story with an emerging global ecosystem with tens of thousands of Muslim entrepreneurs all over the world. A story that has resonated so deeply with Muslims globally that last year when we published our first article in this series it was translated into six languages and reached all over the earth. While this may be true for US based venture capitalists in Silicon Valley and beyond who are missing opportunities in investing in Muslim companies, as we show below Muslim startups are finding major funding around the world led by venture capital funds in Singapore, the Gulf and Malaysia. This is a quickly maturing startup space with innovative young entrepreneurs as well as seasoned serial entrepreneurs building companies that are growing across borders and developing this global Muslim market. While there is growing investor interest, this is a complex, global emerging market representative of both local economies and diasporic populations who live across borders and whose reach can allow products to grow beyond traditional markets. To best articulate the scale of the emerging global Muslim startup ecology we have broken it up into 4 areas:. Muslim leadership in tech ecosystems globally. Companies and Startups focused on Muslim majority populations who use Muslim-centric branding.
The majority of Canadian Muslims live in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Canada's national capital Ottawa hosts many Lebanese , South Asian and Somali Muslims, where the Muslim community numbered approximately 65, or 5. In recent years, there has been rapid population growth in Calgary and Edmonton because of the booming economy.
Islam is the most adhered to religion in Indonesia , with There is also a historically important presence of syncretic form of Islam known as kebatinan.