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Episode 42

Victoria Lennox


Co-Founder @Startup_Canada, Founder @NACUE, entrepreneurship expert, evangelist.


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Victoria Lennox is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, Canada's first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement. Victoria is the catalyst of a national grassroots network of local Startup Communities; PIVOTmagazine.ca, 1000startups.ca, StartupAward.ca & MentorshipChallenge.ca among other high-impact, national programs - recognised by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada's Top 30 entrepreneurs in 2012. She joins us to share her insights and experiences building non-profit, social driven organizations.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Victoria.
  • Learn more about how she champions entrepreneurs through Startup Canada.
  • Learn more about social enterprise startups and the challenges there.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, Canada's first-ever, entrepreneur-led, national movement.

Victoria is the catalyst of a national grassroots network of local Startup Communities; PIVOTmagazine.ca, 1000startups.ca, StartupAward.ca & MentorshipChallenge.ca among other high-impact, national programs - recognised by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada's Top 30 entrepreneurs in 2012. She joins us to share her insights and experiences building non-profit, social driven organizations.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Victoria got started as an entrepreneur.
  • How she's approached building national, purpose-driven organizations.
  • Why she launched Startup Canada, how they've grown, and where they are going.
  • The biggest lessons learnt along the way.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:44
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

2:43
So what keeps you motivated to do all the work you’re doing?

3:31
We often hear about some of the challenges associated with building B2C or B2B businesses - but what’s it like building a social enterprise/non-profit organization?

5:06
You’ve pretty much devoted your life & career to startups and small businesses. Can you take us through some of the programs and organizations you were a part of early in your career?

8:05
How did you grow NACUE to 100 universities and colleges impacting more than 55,000 young Brits?

11:40
Of the many hats you wear, your primary focus is on Startup Canada, as the co-founder and CEO. What is Startup Canada and why did you start it?

13:58
In less than 3 years, the volunteer network of Startup Canada has managed to grow to more than 80,000 entrepreneurs and 400 partner organizations across the country. How have you achieved this quick growth?

22:00
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt over the few years building Startup Canada?

28:52
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

30:34
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

31:42
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Victoria on Twitter
Victoria on the web
Startup Canada on Twitter
Startup Canada on the Web
Startup Connect
Oxford Entrepreneurs
National Association of Student Entrepreneurs
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Expensify
Hootsuite
Asana
Google Apps
Skype

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