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.
Having built and sold two companies, Frontline Staff Inc. and the Momcafé Network Inc, Jill Earthly is paving the way for women entrepreneurs and delivering insightful advice for those in business.“Diversity is essential, and when I say diversity I think of diversity of thought, of perspectives, and that includes gender, cultures, & previous experiences.” Jill is the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform connecting entrepreneurs and investors. Recently, Jill has been recognized as one of the 35 most influential women in British Columbia; a title much deserved. Jill is also the former CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs which is a non-profit association in Vancouver with a mission to guide and educate women entrepreneurs. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Jill about entrepreneurial life, what she does to assist women in the business world, and key advice on how to evolve to achieve success.
Collaboration between business and talent has hit a whole new level thanks to Sammy Davis, the CRO and Founder of The Well – Creative Consultants Inc., a platform which has matched hundreds of businesses and specialized talents through his leadership. “It’s not creating its own need, it’s addressing one that’s already there.”After procuring experience as a business development officer, festival organizer, and a marketing manager, the time was right for Sammy to make his next big idea into a reality. Now described as “a national marketplace where businesses can connect with talent when needed in a truly scalable and affordable way,” The Well allows businesses to hand-pick their team to assemble a perfect blend of working skills.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett will talk to Sammy about The Well’s creation and how Sammy orchestrates hundreds of dynamic solutions for the unique businesses of Canada.
A visionary from Australia and now an entrepreneur of Port Rexton, Newfoundland, Martha Nelson brings together small businesses and the beauty of the island with her wonderful creation: the Skerwink Hostel. “It was already a tourism hot spot… but the tourism was very focused to a kind of an older retiree American market. And my sisters and I being backpackers ourselves thought, ‘Well this is an amazing spot’.” With the help of her partner Gavin, the two were able to resurrect the unique family owned hostel so they can breath life back into the tourism industry of Newfoundland. Budget tourism geared toward backpackers, hikers, nature enthusiasts, and generally a younger crowd, Martha’s mission of making a home away from home has been a continuous success. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Martha about starting a family owned business in Canada, the obstacles HI Trinity- Skerwink Hostel has had to overcome due to its remote location, and how joining forces with other small businesses only establishes more growth and positivity.
Entrepreneurship is about learning, growing, and evolving, and this is proven with Mitch Cobb, the Co-Founder and CEO of Upstreet Craft Brewing. Located in beautiful P.E.I, Upstreet is a brewery that is rising to the top in Atlantic Canada.“When I decided I was going to start a business, I had no experience; I just went for it.” In 2007, Mitch first tried to start up two businesses, but like many startups, neither took off. He pivoted and decided to go back to school to get his MBA at UPEI, and then later began teaching marketing and entrepreneurship at Holland College. In 2014, Mitch took another stab at the entrepreneurial life and husted to startup Upstreet Craft Brewing with Co-Founders Mike Hogan and Joey Seaman. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Mitch about learning through life experiences, what pushed him to never give up, and what is next in store for Upstreet Brewing.
Townfolio CEO Ryley Iverson knows it takes commitment, dedication, ambition, and a wonderfully supportive team to build a solid foundation for success. And, not to mention, personality. “We’re a 500 dollar startup ‘cause I’m kind of the crazy-idea-business mind, Davey is this ‘Unicorn’, and Craig, we call him the Caveman Coder.” Ryley is the Co-Founder of Townfolio, a community profile network used by municipalities and businesses to access hard-to-find public data. Since its launch in 2016, Townfolio provides assistance to over 200 villages, towns, and cities across Canada. Ryley and his team are working to better connect people and businesses to public data and local opportunities. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Ryley about perseverance, resilience, and connecting communities across Canada.
The difference between successful entrepreneurs and those with 1000 great ideas boils down to one factor: execution. That’s why instead of thinking about being the #2 top online influencer in the world, John Rampton put pen to paper and made it happen. “When becoming an entrepreneur, the first step is to just get started.” John Rampton, is the Founder and CEO of Due, an online invoicing company based out of Palo Alto, California. Recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencer in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine as well as a top Blogging Expert by Forbes, John is an online marketing guru and entrepreneur matchmaker. He also writes for notable publishers such as Inc., Huffington Post, Forbes, TechChrunch and Mashable. Passionate about entrepreneurship and building products and services, John is the global go-to for the knowledge and skills needed to startup successfully. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to John about what it takes to be top #2 Online Influencers in the world and the challenges and opportunities that come with leadership.
Entrepreneurs share a common desire to change the world for the better. Change agent and women entrepreneurship advocate, Vicki Saunders, Founded SheEO World with the intention of doing just that. “In this one very special life you have, how are you using your leadership to create a better world?” Vicki is an award-winning mentor, advisor, entrepreneur, and Founder of SheEO. Over the past 25 years, Vicki has launched many models, companies, programs and initiatives all with the goal of finding a pathway to a better world. Her amazing journey has lead her to create SheEO, an organization dedicated to advancing female entrepreneurs. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Vicki about what it takes for women to thrive in the fast paced entrepreneurial world while inspiring listeners to use their leadership to create a better world.
Scared of saying the wrong thing, resulting in unwanted spotlight from an unintentional blunder? The chances of showing up on the trend list on Twitter are lower than you think. PR specialist Lyndon Johnson warns entrepreneurs about being too risk averse, and the real damages done by acting without caution. “Blunders are strange. People think there’s a huge risk in doing something that will embarrass the company or individuals or upset customers. The blunder I see more often than not is people trying to activate relationships before they’ve built them, to the point where they’re randomly shouting at people, ‘do this, help me, buy this product’ before they have the relationship in place.” Lyndon Johnson is the Founder and Strategic PR Specialist behind the platforms ThinkDifferent[LY] and Comms.Bar. He moved to Toronto Canada from the UK, marking the creation of his first public relations business. Lyndon saw an opportunity to innovate public relations and created his company to embody such innovation as well as tailor it towards modern business. More recently, his work in redefining how companies value and define public relations continues with his new platform, Comms.Bar. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Lyndon about his unique approach to PR, his approach to helping his clients, and the stories behind what drove him to create his business.
Inequalities felt in developing nations aren’t always visible. With an estimated 2.5 billion people with unbanked identities, the creation of a digital footprint can make a world of difference for those without traditional documentation. Stephen Ufford knew his next venture would address the identity verification issues faced by over a quarter of the global population. “My whole life was built around transacting online. That wouldn’t have been possible for me if I had simply lived in a [developing country]. I noticed there was a lot of opportunity lost for people in that part of the world… That was really the inspiration.” Stephen is the CEO and founder of Trulioo, a global identity verification company. When it comes to data-driven business, he has founded and successfully sold several consumer data focused start-ups over the last decade. As a serial entrepreneur, Stephen likes to challenge the status quo and if it’s broken, he likes to fix it. In 2011, the identity veteran started his most recent startup, Trulioo, to help build a trust layer into the Internet, and fix the problem of broken identity that today affects so many online businesses. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Stephen about the story behind Trulioo’s creation, and about the awe-inspiring impact Trulioo is having across the globe.
Eli Fathi is the CEO of MindBridge Ai – a company that uses advanced solutions based human-centric AI, machine learning and big data to provide to help identify and eliminate financial crimes. “I was bitten by the bug of entrepreneurship. Because you care, you are going to work that much harder to make sure you are successful”. Eli Fathi is the winner of the 2016 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur Award. A serial entrepreneur who has established himself one of Canada’s most notable entrepreneurs, Eli has built, scaled and exited many great companies in the National Capital Region. Eli’s companies currently employ over 300 people and have generated over $500 Million in revenues since their inception – including FluidReview, which was acquired by Surveymonkey. In today’s interview, we’ll learn the story behind a leading champion and enabler of Canada’s entrepreneurship community.