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.
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.
Kylie Toh is an incendiary social entrepreneur igniting the Calgary tech, social entrepreneurship, and women-in-business community. Coming from a background of communications, Kylie was exposed to the energy of entrepreneurship. Since then, she’s transformed her career into one of giving back. “I’ve always come to it from a place of just absolute curiosity. I kind of stumbled upon this tech and startup scene in Calgary and fell in love with it.” Kylie is the Founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit building community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. She was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of “Calgary’s Heroes.” She has also been recognized as a “Need to Know” in Alberta Venture. In 2016, Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Kylie about being a voice for women in STEM and the challenges and opportunities that come with running a non-profit organization.
Entrepreneurs are always looking to improve to become the best they can be. This ideology often translates into their work, and into their business. Edwin Frondozo, Co-Founder and CMO of Slingshot VoIP, knows what it takes to be the best and incorporates this skill into his business, his hobbies, and his life. “Communication is the key to everything.” Edwin is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurship and SMEs and helps them grow and scale in the Cloud by enabling them with simple tools to communicate. An avid runner, Edwin has participated and finished in both the Toronto and New York City Marathons. He has his sights on the Chicago Marathon in 2017. When he is not running, he is working on mastering the handstand, hosting #StartupChats, or bonding with his new family addition, baby Jade. Today, we’re talking to Edwin about how to bootstrap a Cloud-based business and adapting to the changing environment of business communications. We’ll also learn how to balance daily parenting life by running.
Shyra Barberstock is the Founder, CEO, and President of Okwaho International Inc., a global Indigenous communications and consulting firm. She is also the co-founder of the Okwaho Network, a social network for Indigenous business. Stuck at a crossroads, Shyra and Co-Founder Rye Barberstock decided to fill the gap. “Let’s stop talking about it and actually do something… Why don’t we build an Indigenous social network for business?” Shyra is the Startup Community Lead for the newest Startup Community, Startup Kingston. Over three years ago, Shyra Founded Okwaho International Inc., one of the most influential advocates of Indigenous business in Canada and around the world. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Shyra about her successes and failures as a social entrepreneur, the connection between innovation and reconciliation, and she’ll share some top Indigenous business success stories we should all know about.
It isn’t every day you encounter a young entrepreneur with insight quite like Swarochish ‘Swish’ Goswami, a 19-year old serial entrepreneur and the 2016 winner of the Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Whether he’s fearlessly speaking to hundreds of people about his passions and experiences, writing for big-name publications, or managing his day-to-day, Swish is an inspiration for the leaders of today and tomorrow. “We’re the leaders of tomorrow, but you don’t need it to be tomorrow to lead.” Swish juggles his life as a sophomore at the University of Toronto studying Peace, Conflict, Justice Studies and Ethics, Society, and Law, with being a TEDx and United Nations speaker, Canada’s UN Youth Ambassador, a Youth editor at Linkedin, and an award winning entrepreneur who has started seven high-impact ventures. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Swish about what it takes to be a young social entrepreneur primed to become a Canadian legend.