Startup Canada Podcast: Phil Telio on being a founder building bridges

As a university student, Startupfest founder Phil Telio studied civil engineering and learned how to build bridges and buildings. After meeting an inspirational startup founder, Telio was
invited to build some virtual bridges instead.

“Like a lot of people, I started out working for tech companies working 90 hours a week, sweating it along, making a lot of mistakes and working on someone else’s dime until I finally got back and started running my own game again,” Telio said.

Today, Telio is the mastermind behind Startupfest, a Montreal-­based startup festival for entrepreneurs around the world. Telio and his team are working to expand StartupFest to international stages and make connections between Canadian startup communities and startup communities around the world.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, Telio talks about startup conferences and festivals, why it is important to connect with your local startup community, and what to do if you’re nervous about networking. Learn how you can maximize startup events to help grow your business and create profit as well as social impact.

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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