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 Wednesday, Aurélie was on the road in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the day. Here is a recap of her day on the road and some of the ah-ha moments she had along the way.
Aurélie started her day by meeting Scott Andrews, Business Development Manager at Futurpreneur Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland. They visited the Common Ground, which is co-working space, where entrepreneurs, artists and event scientists use as an office. “They really believe that mixing all kinds of workers is a good thing, and that everyone can learn from one and another. This is where the Futurpreneur’s office is and I wish I had an office looking like this. I met so many cool people!”
Aurélie’s Highlight: I fell in love with the Common Ground. The emplacement is so pretty and the people working there really looked like they were having a good time. The space was really ‘trendy’, and I would be really inspired to work there all day.
After a quick visit at Common Ground, Aurélie and Scott left to go to the flag raising ceremony, at St. John’s City Hall. “I had the chance to raise the GEW flag with the Mayor of St.John’s, Dennis O’Keefe, and we had a great time discussing the history of St.John’s.”
Next, Aurélie left to go have lunch at the YellowBelly Brewery where she met with Futurpreneur mentor, Jarrod Pettipas and the two guys behind the Biolantic. “I had the chance to talk about H2UP (Aurélie’s business), since they were asking me a lot of questions about my business.”
Aurélie’s Highlight: I also really had a good time eating at the YellowBelly Brewery. I met with Jarrod, who is actually working at TD. I also had the chance to network with two young entrepreneurs, who are working in the medical technology field. We had a good talk on how it can be hard, sometimes, to be patient when you have your own business.
After lunch, Scott and Aurélie walked on the oldest street in St. John’s and stopped by an awesome little independent coffee shop, where they grabbed a well-needed and delicious coffee.
Following their much needed caffeine fix, Aurélie was all up and ready to go visit the furthest point of North America. “We went on top of a mountain where we had this awesome view. I really felt small in this big world, #perfectmoment!”
Aurélie’s Highlight: I really have to admit that being on the furthest point of North America was really something. It was really cold and windy, but the feeling you get knowing that there is absolutely nothing between you and Ireland, except water, is phenomenal. How beautiful is this planet?
On the way back, Aurélie stopped by the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. “Scott bought me a special chocolate bar where the concept was that you would eat your words. I had to eat it all and it was so good, #Perfectmomentnumber2!”
Finally, on their way to the airport, they stopped by FiberLilly, another Futurpreneur entrepreneur where Aurélie spoke with the Founder, Erin Kirby. “I really liked the colorful store and the young entrepreneur behind it, and I was so glad to see how fast her business was growing.”
Finally the day of adventures in St. John’s concluded and Aurélie has to say goodbye to her tour guide and expert, Scott. “One of my highlights was Scott! I really had a great time wandering around St. John’s and chatting with him. I could really tell that he was interested in what I am doing with H2UP and it was good to discuss with someone who has a lot of experience in entrepreneurship. »
Aurélie’s will end her Global Entrepreneurship Week adventure tonight in Ottawa. Follow along as she explores Ottawa today on Twitter at @FuturpreneurON.