“Looking back on my first start-up venture, I wish I had the chance to integrate with other entrepreneurs and build an entrepreneurial community earlier. I can’t say enough about surrounding yourself with support. Having people around you who are going through the same thing is critical to survive the rollercoaster of start-up life.”Chris Johnson Permission Click Inc.
“Be ready for sweat and tears! You have to be ready to work non-stop, to be constantly challenged, to spend a considerable amount of your own money, and to be insanely resilient against failures that you will face on a daily basis. But, even with all that in mind, we have no regrets about starting this adventure – it challenges us and makes us happy every day.”Adrien Sicard & Julie Delisle Beeye
“In my life, I’ve been given two pieces of advice that have inspired me as an entrepreneur: 1 – Do something you love. It is so much easier doing something you are passionate about. When you love your work, you do not feel like you are working anymore. 2 – You will always get an average result if you have an average goal. When your goals are sky high, people get the most creative and the results are amazing. ”David Boudreault & Olivier Carbonneau Ratomic Lab (CycleMap)
“Be ready, it is a lot of work. You must have a complementary team and a lot of respect must exist between partners to overcome challenges and occasional disputes. You will all be tested, so make sure you find the right partners! It takes a lot longer than you think to accomplish your objectives and meet your goals.”Denis Bastien & Pierre Blanchet Idénergie Inc.
“Go for it! Now is the time to try; when you have the energy, the motivation, less responsibility; and if not now, then when? ”Andrew White CHAR Technologies
“Having my Futurpreneur Canada mentor, Denis Prud'homme, has been instrumental for motivating me to do the best that I can, especially when decision making can be extremely risky. ”Kendal Netmaker Neechie Gear
“Always listen to your own voice. It’s okay to doubt and have fear, but what’s the worst that can happen? If I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t wait so long before doing my first pitch. The more you do it, the better you become and people love to give feedback – it’s the most valuable data an entrepreneur can get for their business model.”Etienne Crevier BiogeniQ
“Chances are, for the first five years in a business you’ll work for love and not money. So be ready to give more than you think you had, make less than you think you’re worth, and learn from your mistakes.”Roslyn Bergen and Victoria Etherington The Sweet Side