Startup Canada Podcast Ep.126: The Purpose Generation with Spring Activator’s Keith Ippel

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A visionary from Vancouver, Keith Ippel recognizes the new age of the Canadian business landscape.

“The notion of a non-profit is a byproduct of a bygone era. When people did capitalism with no moral compass. And that era is gone. Especially with millennials as a purpose generation, and we see it manifested in Whole Foods, Tesla, Volvo…we’re in this place now where making the world a better place is just going to be the norm.”

Ippel is a serial entrepreneur most notable as the co-founder and CEO of Spring Activator, a Vancouver-based accelerator and incubator. Ippel is an entrepreneur driven by purpose who has raised over 20 million dollars in angel and VC funding. When he isn’t changing the lives of entrepreneurs at Spring, Ippel advises at Hootsuite, Brightkit, and Momentum, just to name a few.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Ippel about his strategy to raise nearly $2 million in funding and important lessons he’s learned during his 15 years in 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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