Startup Canada Podcast: The story of a small town startup

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A visionary from Australia and now an entrepreneur of Port Rexton, Newfoundland, Martha Nelson brings together small businesses and the beauty of the island with her wonderful creation: the Skerwink Hostel.

“It was already a tourism hot spot…but the tourism was very focused to a kind of an older retiree American market. And my sisters and I being backpackers ourselves thought, ‘Well this is an amazing spot’.”

With the help of her partner Gavin, the two were able to resurrect the unique family-owned hostel so they could breathe life back into the tourism industry of Newfoundland. Budget tourism geared toward backpackers, hikers, nature enthusiasts, and generally a younger crowd, Nelson’s mission of making a home away from home has been a continuous success.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Nelson about starting a family-owned business in Canada, the obstacles HI Trinity-Skerwink Hostel has had to overcome due to its remote location, and how joining forces with other small businesses only establishes more growth and positivity.

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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Startup Canada is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in Canada.

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