The Fellowship: Startup leaders, future founders, and ambitious young professionals in Canada share their biggest learnings & failures (you'll probably make the same mistakes, but that's OK.) Your one-stop shop to learn about the Fellowship program, our community, and their thoughts on topics like inclusion, coping with ambiguity, innovation methods, workplace trends, and startup life.
Who the Fellowship Program is NOT FOR We’re super excited about Venture for Canada’s Fellowship Program 2022, and we know a lot of you are. The applications launched September 8, 2021. What started with a Training Camp in 2015 and 35 Fellows has evolved to a community of +380 startup and entrepreneurial leaders. It's our 8th run at this, and we’re often asked, “Who exactly is this program for?”
Designing your path takes boundaries and courage It has taken me most of my life to learn that setting boundaries and taking the time to dream and reflect before acting, are invaluable ways for me to move forward. It has allowed me to become more productive and happier as I continue on my personal and professional journey.
The Essential Entrepreneurial Skill: Always be learning We live in an age of hyper-access to information. Content comes in the form of articles, YouTube videos, or social media graphics. The platforms seem endless, especially if you’re on the go. Even driving, we have audiobooks and podcasts to consume new content and information.
Leading Change 2021 Conference Reflection I gravitate towards events and programs that bring together youth to educate, encourage and amplify the voices of next-generation leaders; that’s largely a reason I was drawn to Venture for Canada’s fellowship in 2020. Recently, I attended Leading Change Capital 2021— a Globe Capital conference forum.
The Importance of Perseverance In our life path, we often come across obstacles and can feel like giving up. However, I've found that positively reframing your thoughts and consistently working towards your goals help with feelings of defeat when things don’t go as planned.
The ROI of Creativity Here's how leaders can learn the benefits of innovation and how to foster an atmosphere of creativity in their teams.
Think Longer “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” - Einstein. An early mentor at one of my internships gave me the advice to “Think Longer”. It might be the best piece of advice I failed to take seriously.
Should I Have A Personal Brand (And If So, Where Do I Start) There’s a professional development trend going around that’s been widely misunderstood. Many fantasize about having it. Few follow through on building it. And even fewer do the work upfront to define what their end-goal is. 
Reflections from an Untraditional Path and Breaking Down Stereotypes I’m Brittany. I graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience, became a VFC Fellow in 2017, and worked a sales job for two years. I am now a software engineer working at a financial technology company in Toronto. These are my four reflections from my journey into the dev world thus far.
Caring for your Mental Health while working at a Startup in 2021 In March last year, most folks' lives underwent a significant change. COIVD-19's arrival in Canada turned my world upside down. Like many others, I went from going to an office during the weekdays and hanging out with friends on weekends to experiencing the first provincial lockdown in my 700 square foot apartment overnight.
5 Books I loved in 2020 | VFC CEOs Picks Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related public health restrictions, I’ve spent more time at home this year than ever before.
5 Must-Haves to Set Yourself Up for A New Role in our new Virtual Work Reality If you’re lucky enough to land a new job during the pandemic, you’ll likely be starting the role while working virtually. Transitioning to remote work can definitely be a struggle, and joining an organization while working virtually comes with its own separate set of challenges.
Books that Bind us and the Reason to Read + Join a Bookclub (or not!) Twelve years ago my father had one big concern about my future. It wasn’t a typical concern about my career path, my scholastic achievement, or the woes of teenagehood. His concern was one entirely about my hatred of reading. 
The Non-Linear Paths towards Entrepreneurship and Pit-Stops Along the Way Entrepreneurial solutions to address local problems can come from anywhere - government, private sector, or NGOs. There are plenty of people working within various levels of government who are taking an entrepreneurial approach to addressing the challenges that they see.
Why investors should put their money in an often under-looked area Technological innovations have taken us by storm. Smart technology and digital tools have created a world of opportunities and employment in several industries. Across cities, tech-hubs exist and grapple with some of the most complex and straightforward challenges we face - always coming up with new answers to old problems.
A 2020 Crash Course: Three methods for Leading with empathy as a (new) SDR during a global pandemic
The Leisure Clash Kick in my door on any given workday, and you would only be able to tell if I’m at work or not based on which computer I’m using. This isn’t uncommon. Remote workers everywhere are making the basic distinction between work and leisure in their space, in their time, or out of thin air. 
Why I Won’t Ever Be Going Back to the Office The rise of remote work is the critical push we need to level the professional playing field. It's my opinion that companies that support remote work provide added opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Not sure you agree? I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder —better known as ADHD. Let me share with you how working from home has changed my life for the better.
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