“Don’t wait – if you feel like it, take the chance because as a young entrepreneur now is the time to make mistakes and learn from them. Also, I recommend finding a mentor as people are happy to help and give back.”Zach Wolff Exigence Technologies Inc.
“As a new business, I don't think you can ever have enough experienced people there to help you. Having Linda Daley as a mentor was great because she provided a fresh perspective and vital business experience.”Lisa Donaldson Fiddleheads Kids Shop Inc.
“Get prepared, make sure your timing and funding is right, and go for it! If you are passionate about what you do, it will never feel like work, but make sure you take your time and plan for success.”Emma Harding Rockit Vocal Studios
“Seeking out support services like Futurpreneur or family and friends I believe is key. Having resources to assist you is probably the most important part of taking that first initial leap. Not only will you need help in the first stages ie. business planning, financial support, but having a support network to discuss ideas or get advice from is crucial. ”Lee Buckland Toneland Studio
“My mentor, Dan Crook, is fantastic! He is a trusted adviser in all topics and he is always there when we need his advice. With 40 plus years of experience and leadership in the IT industry, he has a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge.”Alexey Saltykov InsurEye Inc.
“My mentor, Joan, has made me feel like she is really in my corner. Her experience has strengthened my confidence in my ability to follow my passion and make it a success. I can’t wait to see how our relationship continues to develop.”Hillery Taylor Nest Family Centre
“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.
“Participation in the Futurpreneur Canada mentorship program has given me a great sense of pride and inspiration. To see how George’s hard work and determination have paid off has been really rewarding for me. I know that he will continue to do great things in his life and career and I am proud to have played a small part in his success.”
“Don’t wait. If you have an idea, find ways to start testing it. Starting a business might seem daunting, so break down your idea and find small, less intimidating ways to test it. Learn as much as possible. This will help you decide whether to start a business with that idea, or a portion of that idea, or to try an entirely different idea altogether.”Kevin Alto Alto Longboards