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Startup Canada Podcast: Canada's Entrepreneurship Podcast

Startup Canada: A Grassroots, Entrepreneur-led Movement to Bring Together, Celebrate, and Give a Voice to Canada’s Entrepreneurship Community.

69 episodes

Oct 26, 2021

Accessing Government Support with Minister Nina Tangri 

Today’s guest is Nina Tangri, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Mississauga-Streetsville and Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. 

Nina is an entrepreneur and small business owner with over 30 years’ experience in financial management. Before entering politics, she successfully ran her own insurance company. 

Nina was first elected as the MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville in 2018. In June 2019, she was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade with a mandate to focus on economic expansion and investment in Ontario’s world-class life sciences ecosystem. In her new role as Minister, Nina is committed to growing Ontario’s small business community and supporting the province’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Her greatest community achievements include serving as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and was a Cabinet Member of ErinOak Kids. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for her dedicated volunteer work. 

“It is critical to understand that one size doesn’t fit all. We really want to help businesses rebound and support our economic growth across the province.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, we talk to Minister Nina Tangri about spearheading initiatives for job creation and mentorship across Ontario and how the relationships you build are your main ingredient for success.

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Oct 5, 2021

When Challenge Meets Opportunity with Don Ludlow 

As the Vice President of Small Business, Strategy & Partnerships at RBC, Don provides strategic oversight and leads a team that is responsible for delivering marketing-leading solutions, partnerships and client experiences that go beyond traditional banking to help Canadian entrepreneurs successfully start, manage and grow their business. Don also manages the development of RBC’s strategy for the broader Business Financial Services portfolio, including the group’s client experience, CRM, and data analytics strategies. 

Don joined RBC in 2001 and has 20 years of experience within the financial services and banking sector. He was most recently the Regional Vice President of the South Western Ontario Region, leading a team of RBC Advisors to support the growth of small and commercial business clients in the community. Prior to joining RBC, Don served as an Infantry Officer in the Canadian Army where he led soldiers on a number of domestic and international operations and worked in both staff and training roles. 

“Where there is challenge, there is also opportunity. The pandemic disrupted our lives but it also allowed people to look through a new lens, and find new opportunities, and the potential for new business ideas.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard and powered by RBC, Don shares how the pandemic has accelerated certain business trends and the support RBC offers to help entrepreneurs through both challenges and growth opportunities on their business journeys. 

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Sep 28, 2021

Disrupting Real Estate Investing with Ava Benesocky 

Coming from a family of accountants, Ava values hard work and compassion above all. She became one of the youngest award-winning agents at REMAX and was unstoppable thereafter. Fearless and ready to write her own story, she moved to Vancouver, where she built a strong network of real estate investors. She continued to learn and grow with resilience and persistently gained knowledge in the field of real estate investments.

Realizing the pain points many investors have when looking to passively invest in real estate, Ava pivoted her focus to real estate private equity. She co-founded CPI Capital, a uniquely innovative company allowing investors to invest in Multifamily investment opportunities and benefit from passive income, above-market returns, monthly cash flow, and limited liability. Ava is a public speaker and has been featured in publications such as Forbes and numerous Podcasts and YouTube shows. Ava helps busy professionals to earn passive income through smart Real Estate investments. 

“You need to be a master of delegation to succeed in this space, there are so many moving parts. You also need to be humble and partner with experts and incredible operators.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Ava shares CPI Capital’s disruptive model that is changing the way Canadians access real estate and create better passive income streams for themselves, and encourages you to chase solutions, not money.

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Sep 21, 2021

An Appetite for Risk with Allen and Eva Lau 

Eva is a well-respected entrepreneur-turned-investor and one of the few women leading a venture fund in Canada. She is the Founding Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures, a venture fund that invests globally in early-stage, transformative tech companies. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she worked alongside the co-founders of Wattpad in the company’s early days. She helped nurture and scale the company from its infancy, and grew it to tens of millions of monthly users around the world. Eva is also involved in many incubators and accelerators, such as Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Ryerson’s DMZ, University of Waterloo’s Velocity and Techstars. With a sharp focus on investing in companies with strong network effects as their defensibility, Eva has created the ASSET framework that many entrepreneurs and accelerators have adopted in their developing business strategies. Eva is regarded as an expert in this area.

Allen Lau is the CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, a global multi-platform entertainment company and the world’s leading social storytelling platform, where he leads the company’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. A leader in Canada’s technology sector and startup ecosystem, Allen is a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators, a lobby group that advances the interests of Canadian technology companies at all levels of government. He is also the co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, alongside his wife Eva. 

“We listened to our users and understood their intrinsic needs. We allowed them to be our ambassadors and our marketers and it worked out beautifully.” 

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Eva and Allen join us and we cover a ton! Tune in to hear how the two met and what the early days of Wattpad looked like for them, Allen’s first advertising cheque from Google, what excitess Eva as an Angel Investor and why your partners in business (and life) must bring out the best in you. 

 

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Sep 7, 2021

Partnering on Community Missions Through Tech with Peter Near and Casey Pruden 

Peter Near is VMware Canada’s National Director of Technology, and a thought leader in Canada on topics including hybrid cloud strategies, data center modernization, and infrastructure security. As part of the Canadian Enterprise technology landscape for nearly twenty years, Peter has held a number of leadership positions including delivery of large enterprise transformation projects and leading global product management teams. Peter is passionate about leveraging the intersection of technology to drive business impact.

Casey Pruden made a decision early in his life to focus on the application of technology to better people’s lives through increased independence. He joined Community Living Toronto in 1991 working with children with Intellectual disabilities and then shortly after joined the IT team.  He is currently the Director of Information Technology at CLTO and is focused on supporting CLTO through a Digital Transformation and through a number of provincial initiatives to support a broader technical transformation within the Ontario Developmental Sector. 

“One of our end goals is that we want people living as independently as possible. And the technology that we acquire and leverage takes us to a brand new level of what independence can look like.”

In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast sponsored by Mastercard,Peter and Casey share what began their partnership, how the pandemic accelerated their five-year plan to a five-week plan, and why they are a prime example of a value-aligned partnership.  This episode is powered by VMware.

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