Startup Canada Podcast: Accessing Entrepreneurship with AccessNow’s Maayan Ziv

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Overcoming adversity is not for the faint of heart. Maayan Ziv, founder of AccessNow, an app that finds and rates accessible restaurants, stores, hotels, and more worldwide, is working tirelessly to bring accessibility to the forefront of everyone’s minds.

“The idea is to actually build an inclusive community where we can all relate to what accessibility means.”

Living with muscular dystrophy, Ziv is a passionate and relentless advocate for creating a more accessible world. In 2015 she founded AccessNow, a mobile app that maps the accessibility status of locations worldwide. She has since been a regular media commentator on topics such as disability, diversity, and inclusion.

In 2016, Ziv received the City of Toronto Access Award, the Startup Canada National Resilient Entrepreneur of the Year, and the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award in recognition of her innovative solutions and commitment to improving the lives of people of all abilities. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, Ziv and Corbett talk about what it takes to overcome adversity and start up your own successful business.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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