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Editorial from StartWell’s Founder and CEO, Qasim Virjee.

What lessons can be drawn from the closure of OneEleven?

What lessons can be drawn from the closure of OneEleven?

StartWell's founder Qasim Virjee ponders why the local coworking/accelerator space closed and how we can collectively learn from the experience.
We must protect main streets to save the pedestrian experience in our cities.

We must protect main streets to save the pedestrian experience in our cities.

The social interaction which our pedestrian-friendly streets provide is the glue that binds urbanites with opportunities for self-expression and dialog.
Contextualizing new opportunities for event space

Contextualizing new opportunities for event space

StartWell's podcast and video production efforts move to our event space, expanding scope of publishing efforts through the pandemic.
People line up, distanced from each other waiting to get into a drugstore across from StartWell on King St W in Toronto

A New Normal

It is important to open our minds to what we want the New Normal to be when 'this' all ends. Announcing our new podcast and content series.

Films »

Live-recordings from events held in campus plus feature productions relating perspectives of entrepreneurs and innovators in Toronto.

Kelly Peters (CEO & Co-Founder, BEworks)

Kelly Peters (CEO & Co-Founder, BEworks)

Recently BEworks developed a WFH Diagnostic Tool - here their CEO explains what inspired the Tool's development & how they apply its principles.
Yenza3

Yenza3

The 3 cofounders of Toronto-based firm Yenza3 join us by video-link for this episode which covers many topics including remote work culture.
Shez Samji (MD, Silicon Valley Bank Canada)

Shez Samji (MD, Silicon Valley Bank Canada)

In this conversation recorded for our A New Normal content series, we caught up with the MD of Private Equity Services at Silicon Valley Bank Canada.
Nav Sangha (Founder, Ambassador)

Nav Sangha (Founder, Ambassador)

We called up Nav Sangha - the Founder of Ambassador, a Toronto based startup helping brick and mortar retail businesses go digital.

Podcasts »

We publish two podcast series here and through our syndication partners.

The StartWell Podcast [iTunes] [Spotify]
Conversations with members, partners and associates of StartWell, recorded in our studio and at live events on campus.
A New Normal [iTunes] [Spotify]
Featuring innovators and entrepreneurs working through challenges which the global pandemic is presenting them.

Kelly Peters (CEO & CoFounder, BEworks)

Recently BEworks developed a WFH Diagnostic Tool - here their CEO explains what inspired the Tool's development & how they apply its principles.

Yenza3

The 3 cofounders of Toronto-based firm Yenza3 join us by video-link for this episode which covers many topics including remote work culture.

Ep6: Shez Samji (MD, Silicon Valley Bank Canada)

The Managing Director of Private Equity Services at Silicon Valley Bank Canada shares his perspective on working through the pandemic to A New Normal.

Ep5: Nav Sangha (Founder, Ambassador)

We called up Nav Sangha - the Founder of Ambassador, a Toronto based startup helping brick and mortar retail businesses go digital.
Photo Galleries »

Featured photography from events held on campus and off-site.

Queen Street Diminished: Closed & Empty Stores

Queen Street Diminished: Closed & Empty Stores

In 2014 Vogue Magazine rated this same strip as the 2nd coolest neighbourhood in North America - now, the majority of stores are either closing or closed.
Delta Growth at Home

Delta Growth at Home

Delta Growth, a StartWell member digital marketing agency, has always valued transparency and flexibility - here they welcome us to their home offices.
Dark Futures 2019 at StartWell, presented by Nik Badminton

Dark Futures 2019 at StartWell, presented by Nik Badminton

Participation in modern society bears psychological, physiological, macroeconomic and technological implications ... this event questioned them.

Features »

Interviews, opinions and more from our editorial team and community.

Lessons from Remote Work: Digital 55

Lessons from Remote Work: Digital 55

Lauralee Sheehan, the Chief Creative Officer at Digital 55 offers her take on remote work with tools her team is using and things they miss on campus.
Lessons from Remote Work: Delta Growth

Lessons from Remote Work: Delta Growth

Cofounder and Vice President Brendan Philp shares his team's tools and tricks for working whilst not on campus at StartWell.
StartWell Event Venue Featured in BizBash Best 2020

5 Tips for Enabling Authentic Collaboration at Events

From experience running Toronto's boutique corporate offsite venue, StartWell's Founder/CEO offers advice for enabling authentic collaboration at events.

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