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.

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Pitching Solutions for Success with Chris Crawford – December 11 2018

Working with an international client list that includes companies like Google, Disney, 20th Century Fox, doesn’t go hand in hand with sleeping in bus stations and not being able to make payroll, right? Not usually, but in this case, it does. Chris Crawford lives to tell the entrepreneurial hero’s journey story. From finding himself broke and moving out of his Toronto apartment, Chris has climbed his way up to success, staying hungry and finding happiness on his way. Chris Crawford is the Founder of Kick Ass Media, an experiential printing company for events and a movement that is about creating business that people love to be a part of. Each day, Chris and his team come together and use their creativity to work on amazing projects to solve problems for clients and customers. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Chris about approaching sales and making sales, creating outstanding culture and the illusion of cash flow equalling profit or success.

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How We Can Include Senior Entrepreneurs with John Hamblin – December 4 2018

Entrepreneurship has no expiry date. It’s a world where all ideas are welcome and the experiences and knowledge of each individual should be grasped, grown, and gathered to make strong, diverse teams. Atlantic Canada-based John Hamblin knows we must embrace and support the aging population and the rise of senior entrepreneurship to better society and grow our economy. Like himself, John knows there is an army of senior minds that are ready to put their energy, excellence and expertise to use and have no plans of slowing down. In 2014 John founded Startup Canada’s Halifax Community as part of the Startup Canada organization. In recognition of his efforts to support and grow the startup community, John was awarded the 2015 Atlantic Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Recently, John founded a Halifax chapter of Aging2.0, a Silicon Valley based organization geared to the application of technology to assist seniors. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to John about creating the best possible startup ecosystem in the Atlantic and in Canada, and that is one that includes seniors.

The Entrepreneur’s Advantage with Jason Flick – November 27 2018

The intersection of art and technology is responsible for some of the most incredible inventions and discoveries made to date. For Jason Flick, CEO and Co-Founder of You.i TV, the possibilities are endless for enticing business ideas. “If you aren’t blending art into your business it will be very hard to succeed in this era.” Jason has been all about disrupting the status quo, which led him to co-found You.i TV, driving the nation’s biggest TV industry partners today. The company’s flagship product, You.i Engine has thought to have blended art and technology so well together that it continues to push the forefront of the future of TV. Also bringing in 25 years of technical and business leadership, Jason is the active mentor and contributor to the Ottawa’s startup community, and believes success of small business and entrepreneurship will be essential to the Canadian economy in the future. On today’s podcast, we will talk to Jason about getting over those first entrepreneurial hurdles to thrive, blending art into business and the entrepreneur’s advantage.

Reaching Further Through Entrepreneurship with Shawn King – November 20

What stops the most driven, ambitious and creative people from success is often fear. For Shawn King, an Atlantic Canadian Chief Creative Office at Arrivals and Departures, combating fear meant reaching his goals. “When we’re not at our best is when we are overthinking, overanalyzing, sometimes we paralyze ourselves with fear.” Shawn is a highly respected creative enthusiast who gets his kicks out of doing good and stepping beyond the status quo. With over 25 years of experience, Shawn is no stranger to success or creativity. Previously a contestant on the Amazing Race Canada, he is a current podcast host where he discusses all things related to recreational Cannabis, and an everyday creative problem solver at Arrivals and Departures, a Halifax and Toronto based creative agency. In this week’s #StartupPodacst, host Rivers Corbett talks to Shawn about his journey from competing on the Amazing Race Canada, spreading positive reminders through graphic tees, and his creative solutions for clients and passengers at Arrivals and Departures.

Technology Adoption and Unlocking Markets with Amber Mac- November 14 2018

From connecting with professionals on LinkedIn and Twitter, to expanding the reach of your business online, Amber Mac knows what it takes to build rich and engaged communities online. “I think that social media is the number one tool where entrepreneurs miss out.”Beginning her career in the late 1990’s, right in the middle of the dot-com boom, Amber has achieved her success working as a strategist and marketing professional in the technology startup world. In 2006, Amber combined these skills and experiences to build her very own digital agency called Konnekt, and has since worked with clients including Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Fast Company, PayPal and more. Amber appears regularly on networks like CNN, Bloomberg, and Sirius XM and is the author of her national bestselling book called Power Friending, and a co-author of Outsmarting Your Kids Online, a book all about internet safety for kids. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Amber about how entrepreneurs can ensure they’re staying ahead of the game by adopting digital tools and technology.

The Role of Entrepreneurs in Global Development with Jonathan Ortmans – November 13

Creating global networks allows entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers to access resources and human capital with less hardship and more accessibility than without. Jonathan Ortmans recognized a need for a centralized, robust platform where entrepreneurs can engage with their like-minded counterparts. “What we’re trying to do with this global community is to sharpen the focus: how do we help companies scale, start smarter, or scale in the first place… we turn around & say how do we do that in a much more precise way.” Jonathan is the Founder and President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), an organization that provides a platform of programs and initiatives to help new firms start and scale within one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, arching over 170 countries. In consortium with policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and affiliated support organizations around the world, Jonathan has launched the number of initiatives such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, Global Entrepreneurship Congress and the former US president Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to engage major influencers in building robust platforms for entrepreneurs to thrive. Under his initiatives, the emerging entrepreneurs around the world have received more than one billion dollars in investments so far and they are growing. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Jonathan about the key milestones in going global.

Wealthy Women Leaders with Pat Mussieux – November 6

You want to give up, you’re tired, you’re only halfway, why should you keep going? Well, you didn’t come this far to only come this far, you must keep going because you can, you are strong enough and you can do it! Climbing a mountain is very similar to overcoming hardships and reaching new goals you have set out for yourself, Pat Mussieux is very familiar with this and she wants you to be as well. “My secret weapon is my mindset.” Pat is the founder and CEO of Step2Happiness and she has been one of the recognized voices for women’s entrepreneurial success in Canada. A four time Stevie Award winner for Women in Business, she has proven herself that she could re-launch her coaching and speaking business from zero into a multiple 6-figure home business. As the host of Roger’s TV show, Wealthy Women Leaders, Pat is a trusted voice for women entrepreneurs on the air as well as when she travels around the world, inspiring a variety of audiences ranging from the public sector, private sector to non-profits.In this week’s #StartupPodcast, we will talk to Pat about her inspirational story of climbing mountains in Arizona and getting back up from the series of life challenges.

The Power of Stories with Kendal Netmaker – October 30

How do you become a world renowned speaker and successful business owner of your own clothing brand? For Kendal Netmaker, it was all about dedication.“You have to give in order to get something. That’s how you’re gonna learn how to be a coach, how to be a consultant and even as a speaker.” Kendal Netmaker is a multi award-winning Canadian Indigenous speaker and owner of the fast-growing Neechie Gear, a social enterprise boasting quality athletic gear that donates five per cent of its profits annually for youth to play sports. Netmaker is also the founder of Netmaker Enterprises, a company committed to engaging and inspiring future generation leaders to start and pursue their own businesses. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Kendal about his journey with starting up, tips and tricks to scaling businesses, and finding the right mentor.

Scaling for Growth with Brian Veloso – October 26 2018

It’s no easy task to scale and grow a company. It’s an even more challenging task to scale across a country and lead teams from coast to coast to coast, however when handled by a bold, experience leader, scaling becomes part of the plan. Brian Veloso is the Head of SMN at SAP Concur Canada. “We have entrenched ourselves in the small and medium sized businesses here in Canada”. Brian Veloso has more than 19 years of experience in strategic sales in both the technology and services industries in Canada. For the past 13 years, Brian has been an integral part of expanding SAP Concur’s footprint into the Canadian market. Currently focused on building up SAP Concur’s fastest-growing-small and mid-sized business division, Brian know what it takes to lead multiple teams, and has been an integral player in expanding SAP Concur’s existing client base.

Becoming Truly Social with Tara Hunt – October 23

A true pioneer in online marketing and one of the most respected authorities and thought leader on online communities.  Tara Hunt is the President of Truly Social Inc, a creative content agency in Toronto that connects you to your customers. Also an author of one of the first books on how the social web is changing business, The Whuffle Factor.  In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Tara about shedding corporate habits online, her experience working for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party leadership campaign and living your brand fearlessly and unapologetically.