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.
Storytelling is essential for growing a strong and memorable brand. For Emily Smith, it seemed obvious that in order to stay ahead, companies need to combine the power of art and science. “We’re an experience company. We leverage the latest tech to create amazing, shared-story experiences for our clients customers.” Emily is the CEO of *no campfire required, a Toronto-based geeks-meet-augmented reality company. *no campfire required launched in 2014 and has since been crafting interactive social experiences using their most popular product, PASSPORT AR, which Emily says is a “customizable Pokemon-Go.” As the personality behind no campfire required, Emily connects with brands, tourism destinations, and festivals to promote its products. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Emily about how she’s enriching the audience experience and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for *no campfire required.
Gloria Roheim McRae attributes her success to one common denominator. “Everything we create, every act of a business, of creativity, of relationships, of friendship, is about love. It starts from love and it is fostered by love. And love will get us through those hard, hard times. It’s gotten me through the hardest moments of entrepreneurship.” Gloria is the Co-Founder and Chief Consultant for Toronto-based brand-building company, Wedge15. Since the company’s inception nearly five years ago, Gloria’s crafted over 250 digital marketing strategies for various non-profits and SMEs across the country. Her most recent position titles her as the Senior Value Consultant at the west-coast Canadian giant Hootsuite, where she’s responsible for creating world-class strategies for top clients. Her book, BYOB the Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss, ranked as a best-seller on Amazon.ca and has since inspired a generation to forget their comfort zone and make a soft-landing into entrepreneurship. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Gloria about how her self-starter mindset led her to rule the digital world and how she’s navigating the new North American dream.
April Dunford is the brains behind making a startups product sparkle. After noticing the disconnect that often happens when entrepreneurs are hyper-focused on their startup for months, even years, April created a framework and action plan to strategically position the result of determination and hard work. “You’ve built a thing, it’s amazing, it has special features. Now what you have to do is step back and think, what context do I put it in so my special stuff really shines?” April is an experienced startup executive who’s deeply interested in positioning and creating and expanding into new markets. The founder of Rocket Launch Marketing, the Toronto-based mentor and author has held executive roles at global companies and is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the DMZ. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to April about her role at the SaaS North conference in Ottawa and how she’s helping entrepreneurs make their products stand out.
At a young age, Dan Martell learned that if he was going to the play the game, he was going to play it big. From Moncton to San Francisco, Dan’s left an imprint as a wildly successful and award-winning Canadian entrepreneur who’s started, grown, and exited two companies while putting his hometown on the Map. “When I started Clarity I raised $1.6M from like Mark Cuban and a bunch of other cool investors, and made them wire the money to TD bank on Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick.” Dan is the founder of Clarity, a platform that connects business minds by phone to advisors who support by answering any questions an entrepreneur might have. He currently works as a top advisor and coach for performing SaaS startups. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, fellow New Brunswicker and host Rivers Corbett talks to Dan Martell about his story as an East-Coast entrepreneur turned global success.
After nearly 20 years in the startup scene, Mark MacLeod has witnessed first-hand how Canada’s transforming into a bustling hub of tech and innovation. His experiences in helping founders to fund, grow, and exit their companies, while building mutually-beneficial relationships across borders and oceans has led him to become a notable figure in the startup scene with a razor sharp view of the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem. “I think the word’s out that Canada is a great place to build a software business.” Mark is the Founder of SurePath Capital, a strategic financial advisory company for the emerging leaders in SaaS, ecommerce and SMB software. From funding to exits, Mark supports visionaries on their path to success. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Mark MacLeod about the realities of exiting your startup and how Canada’s becoming the hottest place to start and grow your tech company.
Is your business ready to go global? If you’re about to make the leap into foreign markets, it’s essential to understand how to recognize, avoid and plan around corruption and bribery. “When you’re operating in some of these countries you’ll be faced with ethical dilemmas on a day to day basis.” Justin Taylor is the Senior Corporate Affairs Analyst at Export Development Canada (EDC). He leads anti-corruption due diligence and reputational risk analysis for transactions supported by EDC. As December 9th was Anti-Corruption Day, Justin and his team are raising awareness around the risks Canadian businesses face when doing business abroad. Everyday, Justin works with companies who are facing issues to help them understand their anti-corruption and compliance practices and the steps they’re taking to address business integrity issues in challenging markets. In this week’s podcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Justin about his role in Canada’s fight against corruption and bribery, and how he’s protecting small businesses.
On November 29, the Startup Canada Podcast Show attended the SaaS North Scale-up Conference, Canada’s largest SaaS conference to talk to Meena Sandhu, the SaaS North Conference Director and Meghan Herman, the Head of Inclusion and Innovation at Shopify. Meena and Meghan sat down with guest host Rachelle DeSorcy, Digital Program Coordinator at Startup Canada to discuss the conference and how Shopify is becoming a global leader in inclusion.
Entrepreneurship can be a driving vehicle for hope and reconciliation. After experiencing a tragedy no parent or human should face, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish turned to entrepreneurship as a way to advocate for peace, while empowering a generation of women and girls. “Businesses can play active roles in the prevention, settlement, transformation and stability of communities… It can lead to social, human impact. It should be based on moral human principals and that’s what I fully believe. [Entrepreneurship] is about exposure and connection and messages of peace and humanity.” Dr. Abuelaish is a Canadian-Palestinian medical doctor, teacher and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist. Born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abuelaish is a four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and is known as the “Gaza Doctor” who has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace. In memory of his daughters, he established Daughters for Life Foundation. Believing that lasting peace depends on empowering girls and young women, it provides scholarships enabling young women of any Middle Eastern nationality or faith to pursue studies otherwise inaccessible to them. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, we’ll talk to Dr. Abuelaish about the power of peace and how he’s working to distinguish the rising acts of hatred around the world.
Millennials are the first generation to have grown up surrounded by digital information. To have access to an unending source of content, opinions, and ideas can be both a blessing and a curse. That’s why Zainab Muse, Co-Founder of Wingd, an award-winning digital media agency is working to align the digital age with the values held by her generation. “Think of us as the digital age caveman, we are the natives of digital age … for us, we can actually change the direction of how generations after us utilize the Internet, because we are the ones pioneering it right now.” Zainab is an advocate for youth entrepreneurship. Her inspiration to start Wingd grew from an idea to make the content shared on mainstream media a lot smarter and solutions-driven in order to empower young people to understand their immense potential. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Zainab about the multimedia company on a mission to empower millennial voices, and how Wingd aims to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Not every business can make it big on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Co-Founder and President of Drake General Store, Carlo Colacci knew it’d take purposeful collections of hand-curated treasures to attract people of all ages. “Our key demographic is everyone. We’re trying to appeal to the young, to the old, to the family, and everyone in between. We try to appeal to the curious culture seeker.” Carlo, in partnership with his Co-Founder Joyce Lo, run the Toronto-based Drake General Store, a unique one-stop-shop for modern and classic Canadian goods that fill all it`s buyers with intrigue and nostalgia. Working with local artists and and in-house designers, Carlo’s curations reflect the modern version of the classic general store. The company’s expansion to other cities like Ottawa, and addition to an online shop that ships across the country, also reinvigorated the interests of local roots while scaling back the fast-changing fashion and consumer good industries. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, we’ll talk to Carlo about how our cultural products can maintain authentic Canadian identity, all the while keeping up with the changing trends of contemporary lifestyle.