Start-up Financing | May 28, 2014
As I reflect on my first year as an entrepreneur, I think back to the early stages of developing my business, when all I had was the idea. Fortunately, after searching on the internet for resources on how to launch my business, I came across the Spin Master Innovation Fund. I was inspired after reading about some of the entrepreneurs that had been through the program. So many young people just like me were once where I was, and now had started successful and highly innovative businesses. I decided to apply. Who knew what would happen next?
After passing through the business plan stage of the competition, I was selected to do a pitch to an executive panel. The questions they asked and feedback I got made it an invaluable experience in itself. Shortly afterwards, I was selected as a 2013 recipient of the fund. This gave me the chance to meet with Spin Master’s executive team for one-on-one mentorship during a 2-day Launch Pad workshop. They helped me tackle my business challenges and to further hone my business model. Some of them even put me in touch with some of their contacts outside of Spin Master! Beyond the Launch Pad program, the funding and the mentor I was matched with have been key factors in getting my business up and running. Futurpreneur has also continued to support me with events and opportunities to meet with key business people and media that have helped me grow my business further. Without a doubt, the dedication of the Spin Master executives and Futurpreneur to helping my business succeed continues to impress me today.
A year ago, I didn’t know where I was going to be or what was going to happen with my business ‘idea’, but today I can confidently say that I have a roadmap for my success and a lot more people I can reach out to when I need it.
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For more information about the Spin Master Innovation Fund, please visit www.spinmasterinnovationfund.ca