From Funding to Fame

Democratizing private markets, one conversation at a time
Episode 23
September 7, 2023
David Gens, CEO, Founder, & President of Merchant Opportunities Fund
Enabling Access to Specialty Finance Investments
In this episode, we chat with David as he discusses why supporting small businesses is essential for Canada, the magnitude of the problem faced by Canadians underserved by the banking system, and why equity crowdfunding was a part of the solution to that.
Episode 22
August 3, 2023
Chris Brown, CEO & Founder of Stay Wyld
Investing in Canada's Fastest-Growing Retail Mushroom Brand
In this episode, we chat with Chris as he discusses why transparency matters in this industry, what it's like working with a passionate team, and what it means to be an industry leader in the Canadian market.
Episode 21
July 20, 2023
Chris Lerohl, CEO & Co-Founder of Uproot
Investing in Commercialization Platform for Local Food Brands
In this episode, we chat with Chris as he discusses his vision of creating for others what he wished he had for his business, what it's like working with emerging local brands, and the importance of brand ambassadors.
Episode 20
July 13, 2023
Ahmer Rafiq, CEO & Founder of Souqh
Investing in the Real Estate & Home Improvement Marketplace
In this episode, we chat with Ahmer as he discusses his background in digital transformation and how it led him to pursue entrepreneurship, why homeownership needs to change, and what it means to be recognized as a disrupter in the industry.
Episode 19
June 22, 2023
Willie Cromack, Founding Owner, GM & Coach of Rovers Football Club
Investing in Canada's First Supporter Owners Soccer Club
In this episode, we chat with Willie as he discusses combining a passion for soccer and business, what the future of soccer could look like in Canada, and how the community drives the growth of the club.
Episode 18
June 2, 2023
Alex Clark, CEO & Founder @ QP
Investing in The Third Generation of Social Networking
In this episode, we chat with Alex as he discusses his journey in entrepreneurship and the $200 million CAD exit after the startup he co-founded, Bit Stew Systems, was bought by General Electric Co., QP's positioning in the social media sphere, and takeaways from raising capital over the years.
Episode 17
May 25, 2023
with Trung Pham, CEO & Founder of Ryse
Investing in Innovative SmartHome Technology
In this episode, we chat with Trung as he discusses the need for technology in a home, the future of green homes, and the realities of founding a startup.
Episode 16
May 18, 2023
with Josh Barr, Co-Founder of brust not just coffee
Investing in Functional Cold Brewed Coffee
In this episode, we chat with Josh as he discusses growing up in an entrepreneurial family and how that influenced his journey as a founder, the impact of mentorship in the development and scaling of a startup, and how functional coffee can fit into your lifestyle.
Episode 15
May 11, 2023
Gagan Grewal, CEO & Founder, Mindset Beverages
Investing in Shelf Stable CBD-Infused Kombucha
In this episode, we chat with Gagan as he discusses the market opportunity and consumer interest in edible or drinkable cannabis products, the trick to creating a bitter-free, great-tasting beverage, and the vision in creating Canada's first and only CBD beverage and what that might mean for the industry as a whole.
Episode 14
April 27, 2023
Oussama (Sam) Saoudi, CEO and Founder of KaleMart24
Investing in Natural Convenience Stores
In this episode, we chat with Sam as he discusses the market opportunity created by the shift in consumer behaviour, what it means to be a serial entrepreneur, and the vision for the reinvented convenience store.