The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.
Serial entrepreneur Michael Sacca is all about making sure freelancers reach their maximum potential. When he is not interviewing with successful startup founders, he is helping them scale by offering innovative freelance solutions. “We are able to bring quality work to people, we are able to keep them busy, and we also able to treat them like equals, not like they are just working for us.” Michael is the former President of Crew.co and Co-Host of Rocketship.fm. Michael is a trusted entrepreneur amongst his network of independent creatives who work on products used by millions of people for some of the industry’s largest companies like Apple, Google, Uber and Dropbox. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Michael about his path to becoming the president of one of the most successful web development sites, and how he managed to assemble his team of creatives who have worked for some of the most reputable companies today.
The greatest ideas are often those written on napkins, coming into fruition over the course of a night with a seemingly endless supply of cold beer. The idea of Beau’s All Natural Brewing is no different. “I stopped and thought for a minute and said, ‘well if you’re serious, Dad, I will sell my house and quit my job, fold up the record label and I’ll start a brewery with you.’ And we spent the rest of the day dreaming up this brewery we were going to open.” Steve Beauchesne is the CEO and Co-Founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing. Beau’s is a family-run, employee-owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery that has seen 500% growth in the past 5 years. Since it started in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 85 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing, sustainability, and has raised more than 1 million dollars for charity. Steve certified Beau’s as Canada’s first-ever B-Corp brewery, founded February 1 as International Gruit Day and successfully lobbied to have some of Canada’s old beer laws changed to recognize the rights of craft brewers. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Steve about his journey into B-Corp beer-preneurship and how Beau’s integrates giving back into its business model.
14-time award-winning thought leader, two time TEDx Speaker and CEO to Lovell Corporation, Kelly Lovell is a youth motivator working to connect youth entrepreneurs to communities and businesses on the global stage. “If you want to make a change there is no better way to do so than doing it yourself. And with time, the attraction will all be organic. Stop listening to no; society is full of negativity. Your focus should be to use the doubts as a pivot. Hence, motivativating yourself to make your plans work.” As one of Canada’s premier youth consultancy firms, Lovell Corporation helps Fortune Global 500® companies build effective youth marketing and millennial employee retention strategies. Lovell is also the Founder and CEO of My Effect, a personal development platform that helps people and organizations differentiate in the market by tracking skill-building volunteering and leadership achievements. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Kelly about new sources of capital and how to give back to the community.
What does it take to disrupt an industry? This is a common question asked by entrepreneurs looking to power the next tsunami of change. Eric Apps is making waves in the field of law by using his experiences as an entrepreneur to innovate. “As an entrepreneur, disrupting an industry doesn’t mean getting into a fight or competing at a higher level, but it entails knowing who you want to disrupt, how you are going to go about it and how you are going to get money out of it.” Eric is a Toronto-based serial entrepreneur on a mission. He is the Co-Founder of Aluvion Law, Organimi and Founding-Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. Eric was President of an AI and machine learning software company called Angoss for over a decade, long before it was fashionable. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Eric about how he combines tech, business, and law to disrupt an age-old industry.
Entrepreneurs run on coffee. To get through the long hours and countless client meetings, fresh and readily available roasts need to be purchased at the click of a button. Suneal Pabari, Founder of the Roasters Pack, “There’s so much going on with coffee, we wanted to show the depth of what’s there. We wanted to showcase the wide range of what coffee could really be.” Suneal Pabari has been an entrepreneur since he was young, and before he even entered University, constructed his very first company at the age of 15. He is the founder of Roasters Pack, which offers top quality flavours of coffee across Canada with his business partner, Adam Frank. Today, they strive to continually innovate and improve the coffee industry and create the best retail experience for discovering your new favourite coffee. In this #StartupPodcast, hear host Rivers Corbett talk to Suneal about what it’s like to run an ecommerce platform and future online coffee empire.
Whether you’re an early-stage startup or in the growing phases, fraud can hit when you least expect it. It can span across your business and can ruin your finances, reputation, and leave your startup out to dry. Fraud prevention guru Rick Rennie uses his expertise to warn startups about what can happen without the right precautions. “When fraudsters hit, they tend to attack quickly with high velocity.” Rick Rennie is the Vice President of Customer Fraud Management at Mastercard Canada. He provides day-to-day security risk assistance to customers and closely monitors global security trends. Rick identifies fraud prevention opportunities, including the use of MasterCard’s industry leading risk products, while ensuring best practices are implemented for new payment technologies. To prepare for fraud prevention, host Rivers Corbett talks to Rick about how fraud affects small business. He will speak about how entrepreneurs need to be aware of risks while making sure they do not fall victim to business fraud. Find more information on how to protect your startup at pcisecuritystandards.org/pci_security/small_merchant. Want to Master Your Card? Visit Mastercardbiz.com today.
Some may find comfort in the traditional day job where you receive a faithful pay-cheque twice per month, but for Paul Stevenson, the repetition and unending routine left him feeling numb. “I have to do something more for myself, that will make me happy and that will transcend into my children and the people around me.” Paul is the proud Co-Owner and Managing Partner of ReferralMortgages.com, Founder of the Orleans Power Team and a Co-Host of GROWcast, a podcast focused on connecting thought leaders around the globe. He has incredible insight and experience in the finance sector having previously worked eight years for TD Bank Financial Group as a financial advisor and investment representative. Paul chose the life of entrepreneurship as he left the banking world, where he is now changing Canada’s real estate landscape through creative tools, resources and software. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Paul about leaving the comfort of his day to day job and start a new life as an entrepreneur.
International Women’s Day celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion worldwide. Championing those working to support women entrepreneurs and business leaders is essential in raising the bar for gender parity. Marissa McTasney, Founder and CEO of MoxieTrades, is passing on the torch to Janice McDonald, Founder of The Beacon Agency to become the new Startup Canada Women’s Ambassador. Janice is preparing to inspire national action with one empowering idea. “This will be the year of collaboration.” In this special #StartupPodcast, CEO of Startup Canada and host Victoria Lennox interviews two leaders who are unleashing the inner entrepreneur of women across the nation. Celebrate International Women’s Day with Startup Canada in this special podcast at www.startupcan.ca/women.
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Pivoting and iterating is a crucial process when starting up. By talking to people, researching and developing a service or product, what your original idea may have been can be something completely different then when you launch. As she worked to create Awake Labs, Andrea Palmer found which niche was right for her. “The more people we talked to in the autism community we learned we could have a huge impact.” Awake Labs is an autism health company committed to empowering those living with autism. Passionate about creating social impact, quantified health care, and democratizing technology, Andrea is changing lives through entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was awarded with the Startup Canada Award Young Entrepreneur Award in the BC & the North Region. Earlier in the year she represented Canada among 30 of the world’s leading startups as the Canadian winner of Start Tel Aviv, a global competition organized in Canada by Startup Canada and the Embassy of Israel in Canada. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, listen as host Rivers Corbett talks to Andrea about technology applications in healthcare, lessons learned from international investors and how young entrepreneurs can make the most of global opportunities.
Sometimes startups get stuck in the weeds with strategies, plans, and everyday operations. Chris Kowalewski of Fulton Inbound Marketing knows what every entrepreneur needs to remember what makes startups successful. “There is no B2B, no B2C, only P2P: people to people.” After ditching their 9-5 jobs to travel across Canada, Chris Kowalewski and Rob Hyrkiel Co-Founded Showstopper Gear and Fulton Inbound Marketing in Toronto. Combining their passion for hockey and personable marketing, Chris and Rob are carving their dreams into new and unique career paths. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Chris and Rob about everything from building brands, marketing, and attracting customers to your business. Between the two of them, they have more than ten years of experience building brands for business.