14 episodes

We interview startup rockstars and legends:

Entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, ecosystem leaders, consultants, and coaches.

We talk everything startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and more

We have a big passion around bringing more diversity, impact and inclusion in the startup and venture capital space.

Startup Legends Ashley Martis

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We interview startup rockstars and legends:

Entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, ecosystem leaders, consultants, and coaches.

We talk everything startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and more

We have a big passion around bringing more diversity, impact and inclusion in the startup and venture capital space.

    #14 - Ashif Mawji - Telus CSW Accelerator

    #14 - Ashif Mawji - Telus CSW Accelerator

    Apply today: https://cswaccelerator.com/apply/

    More info: www.startupfuel.com/opportunity?opportunity_id=62e19dd771237f012e2a5f19

    https://cswaccelerator.com/

    The TELUS Community Safety & Wellness Accelerator (CSW) is a first-of-its-kind accelerator focused on addressing the social and safety challenges facing our communities.

    In partnership with AlchemistX, the Edmonton Police Foundation, and Alberta Innovates, the TELUS CSW Accelerator is bringing proven Silicon Valley acceleration programming to the social impact space in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Ashif is a serial entrepreneur who strives for efficiency in everything he is involved with. He is a steady community supporter and believes strongly in giving back to charity. He is happily married to an amazing woman and has two awesome kids.

    Ashif's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashifmawji/

    • 31 min
    #13 - Sumit Bhatia | Accelerator Director | Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

    #13 - Sumit Bhatia | Accelerator Director | Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

    Apply to the accelerator here: www.startupfuel.com/opportunity?opportunity_id=621932aad3e6870164e11996&referrer_id=5d7112e59e11f10063d00d30

    The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator is the first of its kind in Canada.  The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator is the first cybersecurity-focused commercial accelerator in Canada. Headquartered in Brampton's Innovation District, the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator helps early-stage Canadian cybersecurity companies grow into national and international competitors.  About the Program  Our program offers technical and strategic advice, mentorship, and business resources to Canada’s most promising cybersecurity scale-ups and start-ups. Our program offers technical and strategic advice, mentorship, and business resources for early to mid-stage Canadian cybersecurity companies, helping them grow and succeed. There is no cost to participating in the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator, and we do not take equity in participating companies. The Catalyst Cyber Accelerator is supported by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Rogers Communications and the City of Brampton.

    Sumit Bhatia is the Director of Innovation & Policy at the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. 

    Sumit's Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumit-bhatia/

    Watch for more info:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGF7rXOxLh0&ab_channel=RogersCybersecureCatalyst

    • 43 min
    #12 - Sam Chandola | Early Stage VC Investor | First Fund

    #12 - Sam Chandola | Early Stage VC Investor | First Fund

    Sam Chandola works with First Fund, a pre-seed investment fund established by former founders
    who saw a gap in early-stage funding and decided to correct that.


    Picture this a new immigrant to Canada, with no existing relationships, and only $700 in your
    pocket. Underprivileged in Cash, but rich in drive, passion, and a determination to succeed.
    When a serendipitous encounter leads to the first investment in your company and propels your
    career. This is Sam Chandola story!


    Eight years and two successful exits later, Sam has generated more than 55x returns for his
    investors. He has been awarded the 2014 BC Business Top 30 under 30 award, as well as the
    2017 Canada’s Next 150 Award by the Toronto Stock Exchange.


    With his rich early founder experience, Sam, offers some nuggets of information talking about his
    experience finding, funding, and seeding start-ups. Discussing his ethos of betting on the jockey
    rather than the horse, through his sector agnostic, but stage focused fund.  


    Guest Social Links
    **Website:**: https://www.thefirst.vc/
    **LinkedIn**: https://www.linkedin.com/in/schandola89/?originalSubdomain=ca AND
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/first-fund/
    **Twitter:** https://mobile.twitter.com/firstfundvc

    • 37 min
    #11 - Jeremy Neilson | Venture Capital SPV & Fund Admin Software | Assure

    #11 - Jeremy Neilson | Venture Capital SPV & Fund Admin Software | Assure

    Jeremy Neilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Assure. Mr. Neilson has provided support and leadership for some of the most innovative and dynamic industry initiatives in the U.S.--including launching and managing the State of Utah’s $300 million Fund of Funds program, providing due diligence and advisory services for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s $1-billion early-stage venture capital initiative, and created the LLC syndicate (SPV) administration service used by AngelList, SeedInvest, EquityZen and more.

    Assure is a fintech fund administration company that provides the most complete back-office services in the market for fund managers, equity crowdfunding platforms, angel groups and other private-transaction investors.

    Assure’s combination of multi-faceted expertise, efficiency and value is unique in the private equity marketplace. Because of the firm’s distinctive focus on the evolving needs of private transaction investors and projects, it services more financial transactions than any other firm of its kind. Today, Assure’s team manages more than 3,500 special purpose vehicles and growing, produces more than 30,000 K-1s annually, and provides fund managers with the industry’s most comprehensive outsourced-CFO administration solutions, bookkeeping and compliance services.

    Assure: https://hubs.li/Q0128s4-0

    • 45 min
    #10 - Jeep Kline | Impact Venture Capital Partner | VC Fund

    #10 - Jeep Kline | Impact Venture Capital Partner | VC Fund

    A candid conversation with Jeep Kline (Partner at MrPink VC). From her beginnings as a graduate from UC Berkley to a Partner at MrPink VC helping bring much needed resources and support to underserved and underestimated entrepreneurs. Courtesy of her strong background with engagements at Intel, World Bank, and even starting her own company has given Jeep a unique perspective on seeing investment through the lens of Economic Development.Guest 

    Social Links:

    Website: https://mrpink.vc/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeepkline/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeep_kline?lang=en

    • 38 min
    #9 - Ashley Francisco | Head of Startup Developer Ecosystem | Google Canada

    #9 - Ashley Francisco | Head of Startup Developer Ecosystem | Google Canada

    Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders is a 10-week digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups in North America.

    The accelerator program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to Women founder communities across North America. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.


    Website: https://startup.google.com/accelerator/women-founders/
    Email: gfsa-wf-team@google.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-francisco-51484847

    • 37 min