Spotlight On FreshWorks Studio

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Engineer Sam Mod was out of his element when he emigrated from India to Victoria in 2013 to pursue an MBA at UVIC. With experience developing mobile apps for large corporations in India, Sam and his business partner, Rohit Boolchandani, were in over their heads with a failed first attempt as entrepreneurs. Little did they … Read More

Spotlight on Ava Technologies Inc.

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

When Valerie asked her three-year old niece where the tomatoes on her pizza came from and she said “grocery stores,” Valerie knew young people were in danger of becoming even more disconnected to their food. A business graduate from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, Valerie worked in the organic food marketing industry, her first foray … Read More

Spotlight On ChopValue

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

Hailing from a small village in southern Germany, Felix was headed for a career in carpentry after leaving school at 15 to study the trade. Along the way he became the best Red Seal carpenter in south Germany, earned his degree in wood engineering and worked in Ethiopia as head of product development for a … Read More

Spotlight On Envol Strategies

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

Raised in a family-owned trucking business, Brianna saw firsthand the difficulties that organizations have with building and retaining great teams. After graduating from UBC with a BComm in 2012, Brianna got into the recruitment business with a Vancouver-based company and saw an opening in the market she knew she could fill. That’s why Brianna built Envol, … Read More

Spotlight On Okanagan Rawsome

Categories: Thompson Okanagan

Born and raised on a large dairy farm in the Netherlands, Afke grew up with business decisions being made at the dinner table. For her being an entrepreneur wasn’t an afterthought, it was genetic and after being self-employed for 30 years as an interior designer, Afke at 60 years of age decided to follow her … Read More

Spotlight On Nextbillion

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

In 2015, Emily Carr University of Art and Design student Naitik was in his first internship at Microsoft Corp. when he had a chance encounter with Kartik Sawhney. Naitik learned that Kartik, 100% visually impaired since birth, had been denied the chance to take the Indian Institute of Technology’s entrance exam because of his disability—eventually, … Read More