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Startup Canada Podcast: Canada's Entrepreneurship Podcast
52 minutes | May 18, 2021
Identifying Opportunity with Razor Suleman – May 18, 2021
Have you ever had an idea, but didn’t know if that idea was startup-worthy? Razor Suleman, CEO and Co-Founder of Elevate, has some advice! Razor Suleman is a successful serial entrepreneur, investor and champion of the Canadian technology ecosystem. Currently, Razor is the CEO & Cofounder of Elevate, an organization committed to the advancing the Canadian technology ecosystem. Elevate’s mission is to unite the world’s innovators to solve society’s biggest challenges. The organization was created in partnership with Toronto Mayor John Tory along with 150 community and corporate partners. Razor is also the CEO of Design Exchange, a cultural institution that provides access to hands-on design-based learning for Canada’s next generation youth. Previously, Razor is Founder & former CEO of Achievers, a corporate social network focused on employee engagement that was backed by legendary VC Sequoia Capital. Razor built Achievers from an idea to a company with a $100M in revenue in less than 10 years. Achievers was acquired by Silicon Valley based Blackhawk Networks (which is owned by Silver Lake Partners) in July of 2015 for $150M. “You’ll find opportunities by paying attention to the market and to your customers. Look for a vitamin that has turned into a pain killer – there’s your opportunity.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Razor discusses non-dilutive financing for founders, social impact as a profit driver, and how to identify (and test) opportunity. The post Identifying Opportunity with Razor Suleman – May 18, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
36 minutes | May 11, 2021
Mixing Art and Management with Matthew Johnston – May 11, 2021
Food, drink and culture are three things that often intersect. They help to build cultural, creative and social connections amongst communities. Matthew Johnston, CEO and Co-founder of Collective Arts Brewing, is working to increase creative consciousness through delicious craft beverages, art and inclusivity. Matt Johnston is the co-founder and CEO of Collective Arts Brewing Ltd. He started the company alongside Bob Russell in 2012 on the basis of two principles: creativity fostering creativity, and creativity fostering delicious craft beverages. Matt has built and managed brands in every major beer category, from craft, to import, to domestic, as well as brands in the value segment. As CEO of Collective Arts, he has spent the last 7 years disrupting the craft beverage market. Collective Arts, founded in 2013 in Hamilton, Ontario, has a wide range of beers, ciders, spirits and canned cocktails that are designed to be as diverse, creative, and unwavering as the artists profiled; respecting tradition, but not constrained by it. Collective Arts features limited-edition works of art by artists and musicians that change every few months. To date, more than 1,000 artists and musicians have been featured and championed by Collective Arts. Collective Arts was named one of Linkedin’s 2018 & 2019 Top 25 Canadian Startups and is now distributing in every Canadian province, 20 U.S. states, the UK, eight countries in the EU, China and Australia. “I disdain the status quo, and love all things creative – it challenges me and inspires me.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Matthew discusses the strides to create a brand inspired by creativity and bridging cultural gaps with art & drink. The post Mixing Art and Management with Matthew Johnston – May 11, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
46 minutes | May 4, 2021
Financial Literacy as Empowerment with Gurgeet Matharu & Aman Thind – May 4, 2021
Less than 35% of students leaving post secondary education in Canada feel confident enough to manage their own finances. Gurgeet Matharu and Aman Thind of Nava Ventures are on a mission to change that! Gurjeet is an experienced Full Stack Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the Financial Services and Defence industries. He is skilled in Kubernetes, Cloud, Python, Java and supporting the production of ML and scientific workflows and products. Gurjeet has a strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) focused in Systems Engineering from Simon Fraser University. Gurjeet also recently taught cybersecurity at BCIT. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his family dog, junior, or doing Ju-Jitsu. Aman Thind is the Head of Sales and Marketing at Nava Ventures. Nava aims to build a gamified financial literacy and banking app for Canadian Credit Unions to provide to their members. Being a former student-athlete and honours graduate, Aman understands the level of dedication required to make something succeed. Soon after leading Club 16 in both monthly membership and personal training sales, he completed a Junior Analyst internship at Altus Group in the Research, Valuations, and Advisory department. In Aman’s spare time, he coaches children aged 6 to 18, in soccer, to be a positive influence on the community and pave the way for the next generation. Nava Ventures was also the winner of Startup Canada’s ‘Startup Impact: Sustainable Development Goal Pitch Competition’ in the poverty reduction category. “In a time like this, you can choose to quit and blame life on COVID or you can be someone who thrives when the rest of the world seems hopeless.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Aman and Gurgeet discuss value alignment, fundraising for startups, and their mission to empower millennials with financial literacy. The post Financial Literacy as Empowerment with Gurgeet Matharu & Aman Thind – May 4, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
41 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Optimism: The Essential Resilience Tool with Warren Dietrich – April 27, 2021
Every entrepreneur faces challenges along their journey to success. Warren Dietrich, partner at Earthli Plant-Powered Superfoods Inc., believes approaching these barriers optimistically can make all the difference. Warren Dietrich is the co-founder of Earthli Plant-Powered Superfoods Inc. and a Civil Engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, graduating in 2021. In April 2017, Warren was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. After a long 2-year battle with cancer, he successfully entered remission. Since remission, Warren has become a prominent volunteer and spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Cancer is also what inspired Warren to co-found Earthli, a socially conscious, value-based Canadian company focused on plant-based superfoods and environmentally friendly practices that promote bodily health and overall wellness. Warren was also the winner of Startup Canada’s 2020 Startup Impact pitch competition in the category of Climate Action. “When starting your business, do it optimistically. Deciding how you’ll attack challenges is really going to be what makes or breaks your business.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Warren discusses current trends in the health food sector, sustainability, and the power of optimism – both in life and in business. The post Optimism: The Essential Resilience Tool with Warren Dietrich – April 27, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
51 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Strategic Planning: Playing the Odds with Warren Coughlin – April 20, 2021
In a world of so many uncertainties, one of the main reasons founder’s avoid strategic planning is because it seems like a waste of time. Warren Coughlin, business coach at JumpStart Coaching, believes if you learn to play the probabilities, you’ll have an edge up on competition when navigating adversity. Warren helps principled entrepreneurs build a Business That Matters. That is one that delivers to you, the owner, attractive profits and a fulfilling lifestyle while also creating positive impacts on customers, team and the larger community. In other words, it is one that helps make the world – or just your corner of it – a better place. This requires a combination of solid business skills and disciplines guided by deeply held values. He’s been helping entrepreneurs do this since 2002. They have experienced everything from 8 figure exits, to 7 figure salaries, from rapid expansion to minimized operational work because of the development of great leaders and high performance values-driven cultures. Warren’s also a recovering lawyer, a serial entrepreneur, college professor, actor, theater director and Dad to a wonderful daughter who constantly challenges him to be a better person. “A rookie poker player can beat a professional in any given hand, but the pro player is always going to win the game. Strategic business planning works like the discipline of the pro player.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Warren discusses finding the root problem, and the need for execution and accountability in strategic planning. The post Strategic Planning: Playing the Odds with Warren Coughlin – April 20, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
59 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Navigating Clean Technology with Greg Kiessling – April 13, 2021
We often assume that because green energy costs more to produce, it’s less profitable for the seller in the long-run. Greg Kiessling, Board Chair of Canadians for Clean Prosperity & Inmotive Inc., believes we are just starting to see the real potential of cleantech, and that the possibilities will only increase as carbon prices adjust. Greg Kiessling is founding chair of Canadians for Clean Prosperity, a not-for-profit advocating for carbon pricing. He is also an investor and board chair of Inmotive Inc., a Canadian start-up developing an innovative two-speed transmission for Electric Vehicles. Greg was co-founder and board chair of Bullfrog Power from 2004 to 2018. Bullfrog Power is Canada’s leading green energy provider. He has also served in a variety of fundraising and board leadership roles for the ground-breaking Pathways to Education program. Earlier in his career, Greg was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sitraka, which was Canada’s largest self-financed software company when it was purchased in 2002. Greg received his Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 1984. “Think about how you can be ahead of your competitors on reducing carbon – this will help the earth and you.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Greg discusses the current trends in the clean tech space, the importance of carbon reduction, and his career in the 90’s software scene. The post Navigating Clean Technology with Greg Kiessling – April 13, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
47 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Making It Work with Jess Chow and Sunny Fong – April 6, 2021
Entrepreneurship is infamously difficult – with hard decisions, stressful deals, and many nerve wracking unknowns around each corner. Sunny Fong and Jess Chow, Co-Founders of VIEREN, think the key to making it work is a healthy co-founder relationship, unwavering curiosity, and having a creative edge. Jess Chow launched VIEREN as a love letter to her family, celebrating more than 40 years of luxury watchmaking. Growing up, she was immersed in watches and travelled often to watch factories around the world with her parents. She never thought she would get into the business back then. Instead, she focused her career on business strategy in Toronto. After a decade as a Management Consultant advising brands, she was ready to follow her passions for entrepreneurship and build a brand of her own. With time in focus, Jess saw an opportunity to create something special when she met Sunny. Sunny Fong, Project Runway All Star & winner of Project Runway Canada, is driving the creative vision. His womenswear label, VAWK, has received International acclaim and has been seen on the red carpets of the Cannes International Film Festival, the People’s Choice Awards, and the Oscars. After nearly two decades in fashion, Sunny was inspired to venture into watch design after meeting Jess. Sunny approaches designing for VIEREN like he would a runway collection – by focusing on structure, texture, and details. He had a vision, but translating his signature style from garments to gears was challenging, so he flew to Switzerland to work directly with the watchmaking team on our launch collection. “I only know what I know, so as an entrepreneur it’s important to have a network that gives you actionable advice and makes you feel good – we are still just human after all.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Sunny and Jess discuss their co-founder relationship, the benefits of curiosity and creativity, and the launch of VIEREN. The post Making It Work with Jess Chow and Sunny Fong – April 6, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
59 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
The Power of Community with Ravina Anand – March 30, 2021
Community is incredibly powerful when building a company and when attempting to solve a pain point in someone’s life, just ask Ravina Anand, Co-Founder of FLIK! Ravina Anand is a social-tech entrepreneur and the COO of FLIK, the first female-identifying apprenticeship portal. In a hyper globalized world, Ravina aims to advance women’s economic participation and help women from remote and underserved communities. With experience in municipal politics and community advocacy, she promotes diversity by encouraging people to fight injustices and challenge stereotypes. On a global level, Ravina advocates for women and creates conversations around the trends and procurement for scaling social innovation situated in inclusivity, diversity, and equity. She has had the honour of speaking across North America to industry leaders, students, and creators about shattering expectations and breaking barriers. “People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. As entrepreneurs, one of the most important things we can do is connect with our community.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Ravina discusses her journey in social impact entrepreneurship and the power of community. The post The Power of Community with Ravina Anand – March 30, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
50 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Creating New Value with Debbie Motilewa – March 23, 2021
Creating new value for our customers and our communities is vital as we scale the impact of our businesses – enter Debbie Motilewa, Sustainable Business Leader at Afro-hub Market! In the past nine years, Deborah Motilewa has helped several entrepreneurs across three different continents – North America, Africa and Europe create shared value – focusing simultaneously on the community and business profit (triple bottom line). At 25, she was the youngest PhD graduate from Covenant University, Africa’s most prestigious University. In the startup world, Deborah is the sustainable business leader of two social enterprises: The VolunteerNG and Afro Hub Community – both focus on creating sustainable communities in line with a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The VolunteerNG has partnered with over 70 volunteers, mentored over 800 young adults, and is sponsoring 30 kids through elementary and high school. In the research world, she writes peer-reviewed articles and makes contributions on corporate social responsibility, business sustainability and human capital development. Deborah has over 30 published articles and has contributed to academic books. She is also the author of “SMART Goals: Making habits work for you”, and is currently working on her second book on sustainable business management. “Think value, always. Creating new value for our communities and people. People always remember businesses that make an impact.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Debbie discusses sustainable business management, the art of creating new value, and her work with Afro-hub Market. The post Creating New Value with Debbie Motilewa – March 23, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
45 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Harnessing Fear with Keturah Osinde – March 16, 2021
Fear of criticism, judgement, and failure – fear is something founders are all too familiar with. Keturah Osinde, CEO of Fittedfast, thinks instead of avoiding fear, we should harness it. When Keturah was a kid in high school, the last thing she thought she would want to take on was entrepreneurship and the world of creation. In fact, she wanted to be an orthodontist. Fast forward a few years later and Keturah was applying for her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto — thankfully realizing that her passion was not with mitochondria or chlorophyll cells: but with justice, writing, creativity, and development of the city through technological means. Keturah is currently a 4th-year student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Ethics, Society + Law, and Urban studies; minor Women’s Gender studies. Fittedfast was created out of her love for technology and the city. In the era of social distancing and COVID19, local business closures were becoming more common within the city of Toronto. When Keturah recognized these trends, she created Fittedfast to bridge the gap between online and in-store shopping with hopes of levelling the playing field for local businesses against giants like Amazon. “We can choose to see fear as an opportunity – something we look straight in the eye and attack.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Keturah discusses the science of fear, navigating fear as an opportunity, and choosing to become “the person that makes it happen”. The post Harnessing Fear with Keturah Osinde – March 16, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Making the Most of Mentorship with Ashley Werhun – March 9, 2021
In 2021, 87% of millennials expect mentorship opportunities when starting at a new company. Ashley Werhun, CEO of Mentorly, is on a mission to make it more accessible. Ashley Werhun is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mentorly.co. Mentorly.co is a cloud-based mentorship solution for businesses, schools, and organizations looking to invest in their people and help them soar. Mentorly was first launched as a marketplace. Now called, Mentorly Marketplace, it is an open market place that connects expert mentors and mentees from around the world in the creative industries. With a background in professional dance, Ashley has spent the last decade touring the world performing with Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet BC and Trey McIntyre Project. Within her role at Trey McIntyre Project she also discovered a love for entrepreneurship, fundraising and team building, breaking the mold of how something was once done became addictive, in short: she caught the disruption bug. It was her experience being on long tours when she started to feel that mentorship could be done in a more effective way. Ashley is dedicated to making the next generation’s path more clear and supported and to make sure that each individual knows that their gifts and ideas are valid and deserve a platform. It is important to her to continue to give back through masterclasses, talks and of course mentoring. “We all need an umbrella – or parachute – of mentors. Having a diverse set of mentors from different industries, backgrounds, and geographies can really help founders make the best decisions for them.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Ashley discusses how she is scaling mentorship, mentorship as a confidence building tool, and Mentorly’s new partnership with Startup Canada! The post Making the Most of Mentorship with Ashley Werhun – March 9, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
51 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Entrepreneurship as Healing with Dawn Iehstóseranon:nha Setford – March 2, 2021
Entrepreneurship is often seen as a great way to work flexible hours and forge your own future, but it can also be used to heal communities. Just ask Dawn Setford, founder and president of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada! Dawn Setford, she who keeps the feathers, is Mohawk Bear Clan whose familial territory is St. Regis/Akwesasne. Dawn is the founder and president of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada – home base for over 250 Indigenous artists. She is the facilitator for the Indigenous Women’s Arts Conference and IndigenARTSY.com – a multivendor Indigenous Arts Marketplace. Dawn has dedicated herself full time to protecting endangered Indigenous art forms to empower Indigenous women and the next generations of traditional Indigenous artists. She is the owner of Pass The Feather.ca. She is a Feather Keeper and artist; practicing and sharing traditional bird medicines. Her extensive knowledge and collection of feathers are showcased at passthefeather.ca. When she’s not sharing her feathers, Dawn is a graphic and web designer whose focus is on Indigenous business and organizational branding and marketing. “When Indigenous women are confident, they teach their children to be confident – and that is intergenerational healing.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Dawn discusses her work helping to create artistic identities for Indigenous women, the importance of women in community healing, and entrepreneurship as a marriage of money and happiness. The post Entrepreneurship as Healing with Dawn Iehstóseranon:nha Setford – March 2, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
55 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
The Art of Leadership with Bruce Poon Tip – February 23, 2021
Great leadership is a vital piece of the puzzle for founders. Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures and Planeterra, believes leadership is a continuous transformation, not a final destination. Passionate about the power of travel to change the world for the better, Bruce Poon Tip is a global leader in social entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, and innovation. He is best-known as the founder of G Adventures, the world’s largest small group adventure travel company and pioneer of community tourism. Bruce’s first book, Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business, became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2018, Bruce was honoured as one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs in the category of social entrepreneurship, and in 2019 he made his top 10 debut on Glassdoor’s Top CEOs in Canada list. Bruce has also been granted three honorary doctorates – two in laws from Capilano University and the University of Victoria, and an honorary doctorate of business from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, United States. In 2020, he was honoured as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and released an instabook titled Unlearn: The Year the Earth Stood Still. “Everything starts and ends with great leadership. It should be something all founders study. Because when your leadership stalls, the entire business starts slowing down.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Bruce discusses the travel industry during COVID-19, redefining the limits of social enterprise, and the importance of measuring good leadership. The post The Art of Leadership with Bruce Poon Tip – February 23, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
47 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Funding the Future with Raymond Luk – February 16, 2021
Raising capital is an age-old problem for founders – but what if there was a free matchmaking service that connected startups and funders? Enter Raymond Luk, Founder and CEO of Hockeystick! Raymond Luk is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Hockeystick (a matchmaking system for startups and funders), Flow Ventures (a financial consultancy for startups), Year One Labs (an early-stage micro-VC fund), and others. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and removing barriers to raising capital through technology. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife who is the founder of Zvelle, a fashion company. “It’s easy to get caught in the weeds when building something new. The “easy button” model forces you to strip away all of the features, buttons, and crazy business models – because none of it matters if your customer can’t hit that big red button.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Raymond discusses the founder mindset, the “easy button” model, and his mission to solve the global problem of private-market funding. The post Funding the Future with Raymond Luk – February 16, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
44 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Product Development 101 with Jason Sparrow – February 9, 2021
In the tech startup space, it’s easy to overload products with every gadget and feature you can think of. Jason Sparrow, CEO of BarrelWise, thinks we should involve customers in the design process and be aware of not over-complicating our products. Jason is the CEO of BarrelWise Technologies Ltd., which has developed the world’s first comprehensive system for wine barrel management that delivers process efficiency, quality control, and barrel-by-barrel quality insights to wineries. Jason holds an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of British Columbia as well as a BA in History and Economics from the University of Victoria. He was also recently recognized as an Entrepreneurial Changemaker as part of the Inniskillin Changemaker Initiative, in partnership with Startup Canada. “One thing that has helped us a lot is getting constant feedback from potential users. Get your customers involved in the design process right from the get-go.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Jason discusses involving your customers in product design, the do’s and don’ts of product development, and going out of your way to delight early adopters. The post Product Development 101 with Jason Sparrow – February 9, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
46 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Utilizing the Right Tech with Michal Pisarek – February 2, 2021
Powerful technology is only as good as its application – faults in execution and implementation can often lead to over digitalized workspaces and overly complicated operations. So how do we utilize tech to empower customers and our ventures? Just ask Michal Pisarek, CEO of Orchestry! Six-time Microsoft SharePoint MVP, former Co-Founder of Dynamic Owl Consulting and of BONZAI Intranet, Michal Pisarek is a serial entrepreneur, international speaker, Microsoft 365 thought leader and former professional chef bringing his great depth of product, leadership and user experience expertise to Orchestry. His team empowers organizations by creating custom solutions that help organizations effortlessly unlock the power of Microsoft 365. “Too many entrepreneurs fall in love with the technology they are trying to use but they aren’t in love with the idea of working with customers or with the problem they are trying to solve. Your mission and vision are critically important.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and powered by Microsoft Canada, Michal discusses executing ideas, the importance of relationship building, and utilizing the right tech. The post Utilizing the Right Tech with Michal Pisarek – February 2, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
47 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
The Future of Work with Jason Brommet – January 26, 2021
Week to week, the business landscape in Canada changes drastically – often making it difficult for entrepreneurs to plan for the future. Jason Brommet, Head of Modern Work for Microsoft Canada, chats about tech as a critical investment for entrepreneurs as they plan for the future of work. As Head of Modern Work for Microsoft Canada, Jason leads the team responsible for enabling organizations to amplify the ingenuity of their people with secure, collaborative platforms and tools that accelerate growth and success. Within the Microsoft 365 portfolio, he oversees productivity platforms, such as Microsoft Teams, as well as security and compliance tools. The Microsoft 365 team works with and across Microsoft’s sales and delivery teams, and their market-leading ecosystem of partners. “Find the moments to adopt tech as a platform for innovation and resiliency. Invest in tech to enable your most valuable asset – your people.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and powered by Microsoft Canada, Jason discusses Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams, empowerment through technology, and things entrepreneurs should be doing to prepare for the future needs of their workplace. The post The Future of Work with Jason Brommet – January 26, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
46 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Building Great Teams with Bruce Croxon – January 19, 2021
It’s no secret that a great team can be the difference between a company’s success and failure. Bruce Croxon, Partner at Round13 Capital, values a few specific traits on his team – curiosity and open mindedness. Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, while achieving revenue of just under $100 million. Since the sale of Lavalife, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in growth-stage companies in the technology sector. As an ex Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tapped into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth-stage Canadian tech companies. He also co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business and believes our entrepreneurs can hold their own with anyone in the world. “Great teams can make incredible companies out of so-so ideas. On the other hand, bad teams can ruin great ideas.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Bruce discusses investing in your most valuable asset – your team. The post Building Great Teams with Bruce Croxon – January 19, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
50 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Understanding Circular Design with Lindsay Lorusso – January 12, 2021
Sustainability is a buzz word in the entrepreneurship community – but what is true sustainability and how do we achieve circularity within our ventures? Just ask Lindsay Lorusso, Co-Founder and CEO of Nudnik! Lindsay is a circular economy nerd After spending 15+ years innovating in the waste management space she launched her own business, along with her twin sister (also a waste management alum), to tackle a growing global waste problem through their clothing brand, Nudnik. Nudnik transforms the softest 100% organic cotton off-cut fabrics and end-of-roll threads & trims that would otherwise pollute the planet into unisex, contemporary basics for kids with monthly rotating themes. Nudnik has successfully completed programs at the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation, Next Canada’s Next Founders program and EY’s Velocity. Nudnik was selected for Desjardins Good Spark Program, a finalist for the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program and as a leading Changemaker in the Changemaker Initiative with Startup Canada and Inniskillin Estate Winery. “I believe that sustainability will be the biggest pillar of business going forward. So whatever you do, do it through a sustainable lens.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Lindsay discusses the circular economy, the global problem of textile waste, and running a business with her twin sister. The post Understanding Circular Design with Lindsay Lorusso – January 12, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
53 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Financing Your Idea with David Kosmayer and Simon Yep – January 5, 2021
Often one of the most daunting tasks an entrepreneur can face – how do you finance your startup? Simon Yep and David Kosmayer chat about the benefits of corporate partnerships vs. traditional venture capital investing when financing your big ideas, and how to navigate entering those partnerships. Simon Yep, VP of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Moneris, oversees strategy, investments, M&A and partnerships. Simon has over 19 years of experience as a strategic advisor and business leader accountable for developing and executing organic and inorganic initiatives to drive P&L growth in fintech, payments, loyalty, retail and healthcare. David Kosmayer is CEO and Founder of Bookmark.com, a Website Builder disrupting the future of web design with Artificial Intelligence. David created his first company at 22 just coming out of college. Marketing Extensions Inc., an online affiliate and marketing agency, was born from the basement of his parent’s home. This company grew under his leadership into a 55-person team, topping $60M in revenue in less than a decade. “Like any relationship, a partnership is work. Have the difficult conversations and find the areas where you can and can’t compromise so you’re on the same page. Honesty and transparency are paramount.” In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and Ceridian and powered by Moneris, Simon and David talk about the importance of entering funding partnerships that align with your values and goals, and why corporate partnerships are often a great way to do just that. The post Financing Your Idea with David Kosmayer and Simon Yep – January 5, 2021 appeared first on Startup Canada.
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