The RKease Journey: Founders WTF
"Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come." - Diane Helbig
Network to invest in your business, it's important like the body and fitness
One aspect of my entrepreneurial journey that I love and always expect to do is, network, network, network, and do even more networking. Networking has been one of the greatest things about starting a business because of all the people who I have met across my journey and the people that have influenced me as well. Throughout entrepreneurship, you need to make as many connections as possible in order to get mentors, future customers, investors, and even just some new friends!!
(Founders WTF: Networking Event)
In the picture above, you see me with one of my Leaper friends from Fanshawe College's Leap Junction accelerator program, Ryan Kelly. Me and Ryan have developed a sound relationship over the years as being entrepreneurs and we have similar problem solving mindsets as well which makes us have a great relationship. Lastly, our name starts with a R for research because we research so much in terms of new innovations and ideas which can have a lasting impact on the world and society.
The Founders WTF event was sponsored by RHA Ventures Inc. which was formerly known as the RHA Accelerator which is a private equity investment firm that invests in early stage founders and innovative companies predominately in the technology space. I learned so much from this event and what it takes to actually succeed in a business or entrepreneurial venture from so many experts and investors whom I was able to talk to. The person, who was able to give great business advice was Joel Mclean, the president of Info-Tech Research Group who has attracted 1400+ employees, as well as $300 million in revenue for his organisation and has garnered international success because of it.
One of the biggest takeaways that I learned from Joel Mclean is that during his tenure at Info-Tech, he was able to "attract" revenue and staff through his entrepreneurial mindset and that we must be considerate of what's going on in the city of London with all of the social issues as well such as the homelessness crisis. Also, he stated that London is a ripe city ready for change, innovation, and growth. There is a strong entrepreneurial climate and they are trying to replicate the success of Voices.com and Info-Tech as well.
Overall, the event was outstanding and I learned so much from so many different people, while being there, and I can't wait for Tech Alliance's Summer Shaker as well too keep networking and build more of entrepreneurial community. With that being said, I hope you enjoy my blog and stay tuned for more tomorrow, peace!! :)