Chic Geek founder Kylie Woods announced as host of Startup Canada’s #StartupChats

February 1, 2018 | Startup Canada, the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurs, announced today that Kylie Woods, the Founder and Executive Director of Calgary-based Chic Geek, is the new host of #StartupChats,  Canada’s top Twitter chat for entrepreneurs.

#StartupChats take place on Twitter every Wednesday and Friday from 12-1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. MST. Entrepreneurs from around the globe join #StartupChats along industry experts and government leaders to answer a series of 11 questions designed to train and inspire participants with the skills they need for entrepreneurial success. #StartupChats are an opportunity for participants to network, fine-tune their entrepreneurial skills, and show their expertise as thought leaders. #StartupChats was previously hosted by Edwin Frondozo, a long-time volunteer with Startup Canada and the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Slingshot VoIP. In 2017, Edwin founded the Business Leadership Podcast. As the producer and host, Edwin discusses how today’s transformational business leaders made it to the top. As he exits his role as the host of #StartupChats, Edwin is taking on a leadership role within the Startup Canada Communities in Ontario.

Woods is an experienced community builder with nearly a decade of experience in communications, public relations and design. In 2013, she founded Chic Geek to facilitate and support women entrepreneurs to become makers, builders and creators through community-based programs.

“I want to spark conversation and connection through #StartupChats,” said Wood. “This is a platform to build excitement, raise awareness and engage Canadians in a community of entrepreneurship that will move us forward.”

“On behalf of Startup Canada, we’re thrilled to have Woods join us as the new host of #StartupChats,” said Rachelle DeSorcy, the Digital Producer at Startup Canada. “She has energy bar none and we’re excited for her to share her expertise in Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to further develop #StartupChats as the national digital community of entrepreneurs.”

Woods will launch the 2018 season of #StartupChats on February 7. The topic is Getting Your Business Online, sponsored by Rogers. For a full calendar of #StartupChats, visit www.startupcan.ca/events.

KEY STATS:

  • In 2018, Startup Canada will celebrate the fifth anniversary of #StartupChats
  • #StartupChats attract an average of 10 million impressions and 50 participants per episode, including thought leaders from successful companies world-wide, varying industries and various levels of government.

For more information, and to schedule interviews contact:

Kathryn Forrest
Marketing, Communications and Government Relations Manager
[email protected]
613-627-0787 ext 106

Melanie Luu
Media Relations Coordinator, Chic Geek
[email protected]
403-830-8068

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, and partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. For more information, visit www.startupcan.ca.

About Chic Geek

Chic Geek builds a welcoming, supportive, beginner-friendly community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Through four key programs (MeetnGeek, TechStep, Mentorship Program and Geeky Summit) we support more women to be makers, builders and creators leveraging technology to change the world. For more info visit www.thechicgeek.ca