Start Canada in the Community

Chris D Features Start Podcast

Their brand new podcast, START, will, according to Margaux, “be aimed at Manitobans who enjoy supporting local and learning about the amazing things happening on the prairies.” To be more precise, the new Start Podcast will feature interviews with founders of local start-ups […]

Swish Magazine Article

If you ask me about common themes and advice that founders provide, I would share the sentiment that you simply need to start. Start living your passion, start sharing your ideas, and start taking steps toward doing what makes you happy. […]

Live Taping at Disrupted Tech

Start Podcast taping live on stage at the 2020 Disrupted conference by Tech Manitoba. Host Margux Miller enagaged the panel about starting and scaling a tech company in Canada – focused on the people perspective of growing diverse teams.

Episodes and Show Notes

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

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

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

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 and Subscribe Now to never miss an episode.