19 – Start-Up Funding, Accelerators, and Clean Tech

Start Podcast episode 19 Scott Russell

19 – Start-Up Funding, Accelerators, and Clean Tech

A Conversation with Scott Russell of SolarSkyrise

This week on Start Podcast, host Margaux Miller speaks with Scott Russell, Co-Founder and CEO of SolarSkyrise, a data analytics company that provides architects, engineers, and real estate owners with data to generate new revenue streams from unused vertical real estate on buildings. SolarSkyrise’s founder explains how to access funding, deal with start-up stress, and exist in the prop tech and clean tech space. Scott believes in doing strong research, knowing your strengths, and concentrating on what’s meaningful. If you want a crash course on start-up grants and accelerator programs, and you love talking new tech applications, then this episode is for you! Listen to the full episode now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcast platform. Or jump back to our homepage to listen here: www.startpodcast.ca. Find SolarSkyrise Online Here: Scott’s Recommended Resources: Shout Out to Organizations Mentioned by Scott in this Episode:
SHOW NOTES
  • 3:13 to 4:55 Clean Tech vs. Prop Tech
  • 5:26 to 8:14 Accelerators, Competitions, and Mentorship Programs
  • 8:15 to 11:00 Picking a Good Team and Getting Started
  • 11:05 to 14:52 Grant Funding; what funders are looking for and what you should look for too
  • 15:00 to 19:32 Preparing for a Round of Seed Funding and Pitching to VCs
  • 19:35 to 21:53 The Effects of Covid-19 on Start-Up Funding
  • 23:14 to 24:49 SPEED ROUND
  • 24:50 to 28:50 What It’s Like When Things Get Tough; Knowing Your Strengths
  • 28:52 to 30:55 Running Different Businesses at the Same Time; Concentrating on What’s Meaningful
  • 30:56 to 38:26 Dealing with Difficult Conversations and Situations as a Start-Up Founder
  • 38:27 to 42:55 Canadian Prairies Start-Up Ecosystem
  • 42:57 to 46:52 Myths to Being an Entrepreneur