On the Startup Canada Podcast, we speak 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.
Covering the Spectrum: Fashion, Technology & Health with Adrien Beyk
Adrien Beyk is founder and CEO of Quanta Vici, a Toronto based Smart Wearable tech startup that recently launched the world's first Smart Heated Gloves and Socks. Adrien launched his very first product at the age of 15, a full image editing software suite that got a few million downloads back in the day, known as Pixel Degrees.
He went on to study Engineering at Ryerson University, after graduation he worked with various tech startups as a senior lead engineer, handling the full cycle of different products. Today, he is leading his company, Quanta Vici towards conquering the Smart Apparel industry through a never-seen smart wearable technology that senses and maintains the temperature of your clothing according to your very own personal preferences.
He is also a strong believer of open source venture creation which is why he actively produces content on YouTube and Instagram, sharing his findings and methods as an Entrepreneur.
“No one was launching these products the right way. That is when I decided to give my heart and soul to this product, and commit to making this a very well-executed product and company”
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Adrien takes us along the spectrum of fashion, technology, and health to share how he is making wearables that have an impact and look good while doing it.
Building a Culture of Commitment with Donald Cooper
Donald Cooper is a public speaker and a long-time entrepreneur who holds 7 Awards of Excellence for marketing, service and business. Donald believes that commitment is the key to entrepreneurship.
Donald started his business career at the age of 6, sweeping the floor in the family business for 5 cents a day. He earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario followed by 18 years at Cooper Canada, the family business. Cooper Canada became the world's leading maker of hockey equipment and a Canadian brand icon.
At age 43 Donald left the family business to do something less corporate, reinventing himself as an award-winning fashion retailer. In just 3 years he fundamentally redefined the customer experience, for which he received 7 Awards of Excellence for marketing, service and business innovation.
Donald now helps companies rethink and reinvent themselves to create compelling customer value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability. For his unique business content and compelling presentation style, Donald has been inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.
“Children build forts, but adults build forts too. It is their businesses. This is where they go to feel safe, secure and in control. It’s where they hide from reality”.
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Donald shares the best business tools for your business and lets us know why learning is easy and unlearning is hard.
Expression and Empowerment Through Jewelry with Rachel Mielke
Great jewelry is much more than gems and metals. Rachel Mielke, Founder & CEO of Hillberg & Berk, is making sure to empower women while building a maximalist brand that sparkles.
Rachel always had ambitions of starting her own company. After a trip to Banff when she was 23, she decided to make this happen. Rachel founded Hillberg & Berk with two goals in mind, to create beautiful, high-quality jewelry at an affordable price for women and to use her company as a force for social good. Hillberg & Berk works to advocate for social issues and advocate for women’s empowerment.
Rachel has had the honour of designing jewelry for Queen Elizabeth II, has been awarded many entrepreneurial accolades over the years, and is an honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy but Rachel's proudest accomplishment is by far her three beautiful children and her marriage to her best friend, Zlatan.
“To us, sparkle is about inspiring women to tap into their own unique skills and passions and to share those with the world”.
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Rachel shares what it takes to build brand longevity, and what it means for Hilberg and Berk to be built on maximalism, sparkle, and women's empowerment.
Athlete Recovery & Prioritizing Wellness with Rachael Rapinoe
An athlete's recovery journey can be grueling and difficult. Rachael Rapinoe, Co-Founder & CEO of Mendi is destigmatizing cannabis use in the sports industry and prioritizing wellness.
Rachael is the winner of the NCAA national championship with the University of Portland in 2005. She played pro soccer in Europe in 2010, and eventually retired to pursue her passion in the health and fitness industry.
Leveraging her BS in Life Sciences and MS in Health & Exercise, Rachael went on to build Rapinoe SC–a top soccer performance training company and lifestyle apparel brand with her sister, US Soccer star sister, Megan Rapinoe. Training thousands of players across the U.S., from youth to the professional level, Rachael’s robust and trusted training brand made her a highly sought after performance coach in the Portland area.
After working for the University of Portland women's soccer team as the head performance coach, Rachael left to co-found Mendi-- a cannabis sports brand improving the lives of all athletes using nature's best tools. She continues to apply her expertise in training, competition and recovery in an effort to better understand the role recovery has in performance and the human body. With her network of influential athletes and passion for competing, Rachael shapes Mendi’s products and business to meet the relevant demand in cannabis x sports.
“I don’t believe in the process of being self-made, there are people in everyone's orbit that help us achieve the goals we aspire for.”
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Rachael discusses navigating the cannabis industry as a woman, advocating for athlete recovery, creating spaces for marginalized entrepreneurs.
LGBTQ2+ Entrepreneurs: Leaders in Innovation with Connie Stacey
The LGBTQ2+ entrepreneurial community is full of innovation and is propelling the national economy forward. Connie Stacey, President and Founder of Growing Greener Innovations, is revolutionizing environmental sustainability and advocating against energy poverty.
Holding a BA from the University of Alberta and with 20 years of experience in the IT and computer programming sectors, Connie Stacey is leading sustainability initiatives as the CEO and Founder of Growing Greener Innovations.
Connie is an innovator. She founded GGI in 2014 with a desire to create a better generator - silent, no fumes, no carbon emissions. Upon developing the patented GRENGINE™ solar battery generator, she expanded her patented design into the battery energy storage sector.
GGI has recently been awarded a U.S. Defense Innovation Award, CGLCC Business of the Year award, and a CANIEs Product Innovation Award. Amongst her many awards and recognitions, Connie was included in this year’s Top 50 Change-makers list by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business.
“Know that you have a customer for your product. Companies underestimate the consumer’s interest in buying the product.”
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Connie discusses women’s empowerment in tech industries, making environmental sustainability accessible, and perseverance in your entrepreneurial journey.
Intergenerational Healing through Entrepreneurship with Jad Jaber – June 21 2021
In this week’s episode of the #StartupCanadaPodcast, sponsored by Mastercard, Jad shares why resources and healing go hand in hand for the emotional and social health of marginalized LGBTQ+ folks and how he is working to improve this issue through his non-for-profit work at The Marginalized Majority.
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