Starting Point Conference

 

Keynote Speaker

Manu “Swish” Goswami

Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Manu (Swish) Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career. Just 21 years old, he is already a serial entrepreneur; a LinkedIn Youth Editor; a past Fortune 500 consultant for Google and American Express; a venture capitalist; a UN Youth Ambassador; and a three-time TEDx speaker. A disruptor, curator, and a builder, Swish shares his philosophies on the entrepreneurial hustle, personal branding, and the trends leading technology and business decisions today, to help individuals and organizations get noticed and engage in our fast-moving economy.

After successfully building Technotronics and working at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital, Swish is now the founder and CEO of Trufan, a tech driven media company building technology to help influencers, brands, and agencies discover and reward their top fans. He also sits on various boards, including Dunk, a media network of 10M followers hyper-focused on basketball, and the League of Innovators, a Canadian charity started by Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite.

In total, Swish has started six high-impact ventures in four industries, and has been recognized for curating the world’s first youth social capital fund; an online incubator for entrepreneurs based in rural areas; and, a mobile app that connects households, events, stores, and restaurants with leftover and excess food, with people in need of affordable and accessible food options.

The recipient of many honours and awards, Swish has been honoured with the United Nations Outstanding Youth Leadership Award; Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur Award; and as one of Plan Canada’s “Top 20 under 20”. Swish has also notably spoken at the 71st Session of the United Nations, TEDxUofT, World Business Dialogue, and American Express.

Growing up with a speech impediment, though never bullied, Swish was not ignorant to the stigma faced by individuals who suffer from mental, verbal, and physical disabilities. This was a contributing factor in shaping his continued belief that the most successful businesses can be built on a foundation that provides a positive social impact to others.

Master Class Instructors

Ricardo McRae

Ricardo McRae

Ricardo McRae is committed to creativity and commerce working together. Today, he’s helping families become financially independent & debt free, as a licensed Financial Broker. Before his foray into financial services, Ricardo was the award-winning entrepreneur behind the boutique ... View Speaker

Karen Furneaux

Karen Furneaux

Karen Furneaux is a three-time Olympian and two-time World Champion in the sport of sprint kayaking she has recently authored and published her first book, Strong Beauty: Power Up the Champion Within. She has been named one of the top 15 most successful athletes in Nova Scotia sport history. View Speaker

Paul LeBlanc

Paul LeBlanc

Paul grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He’s a serial entrepreneur having started up multiple successful companies over a 25-year span. At 19 he co-founded Coastal Communications with his best friend and father. After buying his father out and selling that business to Micky MacDonald, he founded ... View Speaker

Laura Simpson

Laura Simpson

Laura Simpson is the CEO and co-founder (along with artist, Dan Mangan) of Side Door, a Canadian startup with the mission to create greater value and opportunities for performing artists by facilitating shows in houses and other alternative venues. The online platform matches artists and hosts ... View Speaker

Matt Wowchuk

Matt Wowchuk

Matt is the Managing Partner of North Keg, a beer keg lease-to-own business and a widely adopted option for both Breweries and Cideries to build their keg float. Recently, Matt and the team at North Keg have also begun the second division of North Keg which focuses on servicing beer kegs in the View Speaker

Kena Paranjape

Kena Paranjape

Kena is the Co-Founder of BRIKA and the Founder of All You Are.  After earning an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, she created merchandising strategies for Old Navy, Banana Republic, Joe Fresh and a high-end eco-friendly lifestyle concept shop before launching her own businesses. Kena ... View Speaker

Gloria Roheim McRae

Gloria Roheim McRae

Gloria is a catalyst for social media and financial education. In all that she has done over the past 15 years of her career, Gloria has championed the power of women in business and selling, like a boss! Today, she’s both a Sales Manager at Hootsuite Inc., by day, and a licensed ... View Speaker

Ron Lovett

Ron Lovett

Ron Lovett is an author, entrepreneur, and leader with a passion for change. He builds companies with a purpose – brands that challenge and disrupt their industries. Always in pursuit of a smarter, better way, he relentlessly researches best and simple processes and is quick to execute. Ron ... View Speaker

Bailey Parnell

Bailey Parnell

Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is an award-winning digital marketer, TEDx speaker, and businesswoman with a talent for helping people and brands tell better stories. ... View Speaker

Hamza Khan

Hamza Khan

Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur. He’s the Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s most comprehensive resource hub dedicated to helping and empowering millions of students across the country. He co-founded both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & View Speaker

Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald

After a 10-year career in the international footwear industry, Todd began his energy career in 2001, helping a large publicly-traded company set up a successful energy trading entity.  In 2005, he followed his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started Energy Atlantica.  Now, with 18 years ... View Speaker

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