For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have sent three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small business, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. On Monday, Daniel was on the road in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the day, followed by a day in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday. Here is a recap of his two days on the road and some of the ah-ha moments he had.
Stop one of the morning for Daniel, headed to MC Hair College, where Daniel presented a keynote to the students inspiring them to brand themselves, overcome setbacks and be CEO’s (Catching Everything Opportunity).
Next stop, Daniel visited three co-working spaces and various entrepreneurs currently working on start-ups.
Daniel’s Key Takeaway: 87% of businesses in Saskatoon consist of 1-4 employees.
One of the entrepreneurs he met was Brian, Founder of Eco Bains Garden Hydroponic Farm where one of Daniel’s highlights was tasting hydroponically grown sprouts.
Daniel then headed to local eateries where he grabbed lunch and discussed the differences between Toronto and Saskatoon, and the challenges and benefits of doing business in the prairies.
In the afternoon, Daniel had a chance to visit more entrepreneurs, one of those being THRIVE Juice Co.
In the evening, Daniel attended the Entrepeer Experience networking event hosted by The Keg and Futurpreneur Canada.
Following the Entrepeer event, he headed to attend Brett Wilson’s Pitch Party to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and network.
After a jam-packed day in Saskatoon, Daniel’s biggest lesson was: “I learned about the importance of putting ideas together with other entrepreneurs, and seeing how effective these joint ventures and assistance can be. Saskatoon Co-Working spaces are very utilized and are bringing forth amazing start-up businesses.”
On to day two, Daniel had another whirlwind of a day in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He started his morning off meeting Mayor Brian Bowman to help raise the official Global Entrepreneurship Week flag at city hall.
Next he jetted off to speak at the Aboriginal Youth Community Centre about following your dreams and turning bitter situations into successful opportunities.
Following his talk, he toured a few local shops and tourist market mall, met local shop owners and went tea Shopping (Eeek!). Some of the local entrepreneurs and businesses Daniel visited were Kyle of Matrix Repairs Co., Bronuts, a local donut and coffee shop, Leonard Taylor Fashion Store, Shwarma Khan, Green Carrot Juice and many, many more.
In the evening, Daniel attended another Entrepeer Experience event hosted by The Keg and Futurpreneur Canada where he had a chance to network with other entrepreneurs, mentors and local community members.
Daniel’s busy day came to an end, where he once again, shared his biggest lesson from his adventures: “I learned about the importance of recreating yourself as an entrepreneur. Words from a wise entrepreneur said: “While you’re comfortable being stagnant, the next guy/girl is already getting to prepared to wipe you out.” stay re-inventing yourself.
Daniel’s next and final stop on his GEW adventures is Toronto, Ontario. Follow along today (November 18th) at @FuturpreneurON on Twitter.