startUp Event Series

startUp Event Series
Become your own Boss

Monday, April 19  – Wednesday, April 21, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm

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The startUp entrepreneurship series is designed to excite your inner boss, grow your business skills and learn about funding opportunities for your big idea!

Hosted over 3 days, you can attend each day or pick and choose to suit your entrepreneurial interests!

Day 1: startUp | Becoming the Boss: Entrepreneurship 101
Monday April 19th| 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Discover how to become and adapt as an entrepreneur in today’s new normal. What problems am I able to solve? What challenges can I expect and how can I overcome them? Learn and network with entrepreneurs who have successfully pivoted and adapted their businesses during the pandemic.

All this and more during this first session!

Meet the Panelists! – Day 1 Speakers

Street Voices was founded by Joel Zola while he was a homeless youth in the Canadian shelter system. Joel is a Black man who lived in homeless shelters across Canada for 7 years after being kicked out of his house at the age of 15. During this time, Joel recognized that the voices of homeless youth were not being heard due to the lack of accessible platforms and services. This presented Joel with the idea for Street Voices, a platform that would amplify marginalized voices. Joel has accomplished many milestones since the launch of Street Voices first magazine, and he has since turned Street Voices into his full-time job.

Instagram: @streetvoicesto
Street Voices LinkedIn

Susan Tung is a restauranteur who opened Hanoi House a month before the COVID-19 pandemic. Overcoming an unprecedented obstacle, she managed to build her business and brand in 2020 and was able to open a second location 10 months later. Susan’s experience in the food and beverage industry ranges from family-owned Chinese restaurants to student bars/nightclubs. With her degree in teaching, she hopes to inspire youth to follow their passion and follow their personal goals.


House of Glass are a wife and wife duo who live and create in Toronto, Canada. We’re creating a gender autonomous queer clothing line and designing with comfort, inclusivity and everyday people in mind. Conforming to gender-normative clothing is over. We’re like you and we make clothes for us.

Facebook: /houseofglassclothing

Day 2: startUp | From Side Hustles to Full time Gigs
Tuesday April 20th | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Have a passion project or idea but aren’t sure how to turn it in to a full-time gig? Are you stuck on how to turn your side hustle into a money-making opportunity? Are you looking to kick off your own business without comprising life’s other priorities?

Develop your side-hustle stamina and learn how to manage your time while building a business (with other commitments on the go).

Meet the Panelists! – Day 2 Speakers

Daniel Pye is the founder of Rise to Thrive which is a nonprofit that offers an online fundraising platform that motivates youth to form healthy habits and raise money for Canadian mental health initiatives. At 21 years old, Daniel started Rise to Thrive with the goal of creating a movement for people to feel encouraged to take care of their mental wellness throughout the pandemic. Their team of 36 volunteers just launched the first Rise to Thrive campaign on March 15th, where their community comes together to form habits and fundraise alongside one another.

Personal Social Media Handles:


The Rise to Thrive Social Media Handles:


Currently a full-time Event Services Manager, I assist in the planning and execution of weddings, corporate retreats, & hotel events. Growing up, I always had a passion for giving in every sense of the word. I often used my creativity to connect my family and friends through family outings & events. My love for gifting really became apparent when I moved away from home and began to miss the connection I craved celebrating every birthday and holiday with my family. Enter Miller Box Co.


An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC.  Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct to consumer brand that is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand while using the concept of a circular economy in the brands ethos and in developing their latest line of products.  Creating a new segment in the beauty industry – Sustainable Socially Conscious Beauty.

Instagram: @cheekbonebeauty
Facebook: Cheekbone Beauty
Twitter: @cheekbonebeauty
LinkedIn: Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc

Day 3: startUp | Show me the Money! – A Deeper Dive into Grants, Funding and Proposals
Wednesday April 21st| 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Think like a founder and determine if you’re business-launch ready. On the third and final day of startUp, you will have the opportunity to hear directly from industry professionals on how they can help you get your big idea off the ground.

Meet the Panelists! – Day 3 Speakers

With a background in International Development, impact investing, small business development and extensive experience as a gender and impact measurement expert in Canada and globally, Joanne’s passion for understanding and serving small business communities drives her work at Futurpreneur.

Joanne joined the Futurpreneur Canada in team in 2014. Futurpreneur’s mission is to provide early-stage financing, mentorship and other resources to help aspiring entrepreneurs age 18-39 launch successful businesses that contribute to sustainable economic development in their communities and for Canada.

Joanne’s role initially was to explore opportunities to support more rural, remote and Indigenous young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. This exploration became the ThriveNorth initiative and Futurpreneur ran this program for 6 years. As Project Manager, Joanne developed the programming elements and delivery model. In 2019, Futurpreneur was able to build on this experience and launch a national program to reach and serve Indigenous young entrepreneurs across Canada to launch and grow successful businesses.

Facebook: Futurpreneur
Instagram: @futurpreneur
Twitter: @futurpreneur
Youtube: Futurpreneur Canada
LinkedIn: Futurpreneur Canada

Justin “Jah’kota” Holness is an award winning entrepreneur receiving the 2018 CBC Trailblazer Award for TR1BE Music. He is an award winning youth worker receiving the Youth Community Service Award from the Committee of Youth Officers Ontario while working at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health as an Indigenous Youth Diversion Coordinator. His passion is to help Indigenous entrepreneurs strive towards achieving self-determination.


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Indigenous Page:

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