Startup Canada Podcast: Investing in Canadian startups with Nicole Verkindt

It’s no surprise founders can attribute some of their success to their network of colleagues and friends. Nicole Verkindt knows that if you want to become the best you can be, who you engage with can make all the difference.

“The five closest people you hang around with have a huge influence.”

Nicole Verkindt is one of the newest Dragons on CBC’s Next Gen Den. She launched her first startup, a manufacturing business selling to government, when she was just 23.

Four years later at the age of 27, she founded Offset Market Exchange (OMX), a tech company that supports businesses to be more efficient, reduce costs, and reap the highest economic benefit from government procurement contracts.

Today, she is highly involved in Canada’s entrepreneurship community, and even joined Startup Canada on International Women’s Day 2017 to share her story with entrepreneurs and policymakers.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, guest host Janice MacDonald talks to Verkindt about growing up in the tech industry, procurement for small businesses, and the impact of policy on Canada’s entrepreneur-driven economy.

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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