The Work and Rewards of Funding with Jeremy O’Krafka

Jeremy is the Founder of MENTORnetwork and the Funding Path program. He helps organizations to improve their capacity to hire, innovate and make an impact by accessing grants, incentives, partnerships and procurement programs. As an entrepreneur, educator and community builder, Jeremy has a vision for Canada’s culture of mentorship and aligning entrepreneurs with social change.

In addition to his own business, he is a Senior Grant writer with GetGrants and Funding and Partnerships Manager with TimeSaved. 

His involvement in the startup community has included volunteering with Startup York Region, MastermindTalks, Fireside Conference, Techstars Startup Weekend, Enactus and JCI Toronto. Jeremy has previously worked with ventureLAB, Seneca College, BizLaunch, and the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers.

“Before you start applying to grant programs, spend some time learning about how the system works and speak to other entrepreneurs who have been through this before”.

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Jeremy O’Krafka walks us through the often tiring and frustrating process of grant writing and applying for funding while reminding us that there can be great rewards and accelerations that come afterward.