34 – Finding Friends and Building Business w/ Katie Hartle of FriendMatch

34 – Finding Friends and Building Business w/ Katie Hartle of FriendMatch

Meet Katie Hartle, Founder and CEO of FriendMatch – a unique company that is exactly as it sounds – think online dating but strictly for platonic friendships instead. In a time where loneliness is at an all-time high, Katie has built a community over 100 countries to help tackle just this, answering the question “How to Make Friends” for more than 5 million people – and counting.

In this episode, we cover the human side of business, how to build a lean start-up, tips for growing a community, and so much more. If you have an idea you believe in – be sure to catch this episode to be inspired to get started today!

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33 – Believing in Yourself and Your Business w/ Cheryl Zealand of Cranked Energy Bars

33 – Believing in Yourself and Your Business w/ Cheryl Zealand of Cranked Energy Bars

Meet Cheryl Zealand, Founder and CEO of Cranked Energy Bars – a protein bar company carried by over 100 Manitoba retailers and set for national expansion.

If you are starting a food based business from your home kitchen and want to learn to build your brand – tune in to this episode for tips from Cranked Energy Bars!

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32 – Navigating a New Food Business w/ Glenda and Rory Hart of The Canadian Birch Company Ltd.

32 – Navigating a New Food Business w/ Glenda and Rory Hart of The Canadian Birch Company Ltd.

Meet Glenda and Rory Hart, Co-Founders of the Canadian Birch Company. They create products from organic birch sap and craft the world’s finest pure birch syrup.

In this episode, Host Margaux Miller taps into the ins and outs of the birch syrup industry, inquiring into dealing with food products and getting into retailers, and garners advice for working with programs like the Scotiabank Women Initiative.

If you are starting a food based business and you want to skip some hurdles of learning the hard way – then be sure to catch this episode!

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31 – Starting a Meal Kit Subscription Box Company w/ Anthony Halyckyj of 204 Meal Prep

31 – Starting a Meal Kit Subscription Box Company w/ Anthony Halyckyj of 204 Meal Prep

Meet Anthony Halyckyj, the Founder of 204 Meal Prep – a subscription box meal kit company that delivers convenient meal options direct to your door. In our conversation, Anthony shares with us the hurdles of the subscription business model, the experience of purchasing his main competitor, and even some tips for eating healthy.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the ins and outs of a subscription box meal prep company – then this episode is for you!

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30 – Small Business Funding, Grants, and Mentorship w/ Michelle Leona of Wolseley Kombucha and Caroline Ksiazek of Futurpreneur Canada

30 – Small Business Funding, Grants, and Mentorship w/ Michelle Leona of Wolseley Kombucha and Caroline Ksiazek of Futurpreneur Canada

Meet Michelle and Caroline, two business leaders from either side of the entrepreneurship coin. From the start-up side, Michelle Leona is the Owner and Head Brewer of Wolseley Kombucha – a women-owned and operated business kombucha brewery. From the support side, Caroline Ksiazek, the Regional Lead in the heart of Canada for Futurpreneur – Canada’s only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18 to 39.

Our guests provide great tips on how to leverage the power of your network and use mentorship to get ahead, as well as tips for securing grants and funding for your Canadian business.

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29 – Building a Start-Up Ecosystem w/ Marshall Ring of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator

29 – Building a Start-Up Ecosystem w/ Marshall Ring of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator

Meet Marshall Ring, Founder and CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator – an organization that helps to commercialize disruptive technologies into businesses ready to scale nationally and internationally. Our host picks Marshall’s brain on what it’s like to grow a start-up ecosystem, some exciting success stories from the Canadian prairies, and some really important insight advice for anyone looking to participate in an accelerator.

If you’re curious about what it takes to start your own start-up hub or if you are looking to join one – then don’t miss this episode!

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28 – Starting an International Charity w/ Darcy Ataman of Make Music Matter

28 – Starting an International Charity w/ Darcy Ataman of Make Music Matter

Featuring Darcy Ataman, the founder and CEO of Make Music Matter – an organization using a unique form of music therapy to help survivors of conflict and trauma.

Darcy shares about his background as a music producer, what it’s like to start an international charity from the heart of Canada, and how his innovative program created and scaled in partnership with Nobel Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege now operates in 8 countries around the world.

If you want to learn about starting an international charity, or the possibilities of using music for healing, then don’t miss this episode.

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Note: this episode contains stories about conflict and post-conflict zones and topics may be sensitive for some listeners.

27 – How to Scale Across Canada and Get a Deal on Dragons Den w/ Catherine Metrycki of Callia Flowers

27 – How to Scale Across Canada and Get a Deal on Dragons Den w/ Catherine Metrycki of Callia Flowers

Kicking off season 3, we speak to Catherine Metrycki, Founder of Callia Flowers. We cover how she launched and grew her tech business which has reimagined the way we send flowers.
We discuss her deal on Dragons Den with Manjit Minhas, which has since provided the support necessary for Callia to be able to open all across Eastern Canada (to be now in 55 cities). And Catherine shares with us some of her experiences in improving customer service and mental health as a leader.

If you’ve ever wondered how to scale a business, or whether Dragons Den is worth it – than this episode is for you! For full show notes and resources directly from our guests, visit www.StartPodcast.ca and Subscribe Now to never miss an episode.