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People & Culture »

As the workplace becomes digitised and staff more distributed, it’s getting harder to develop and support teams – this series relates perspectives, tricks and tips for people who bring teams together.

*If you work in human resources, people & culture or related fields managing teams – you will want to register for our annual Gathering conference here.

Reza from Wave Apps at StartWell

Reza Rahimi on how team culture can survive a pandemic [Video]

Hear how Wave, a Canadian software company providing money management solutions for SMBs, kept culture alive in 2020-2021
Max Chen from Sonder in the StartWell Podcast Studio

Max Chen on global identity and distributed teams in hospitality [Video]

With hospitality training and experience managing data in the sector, Max brings unique talent to Sonder as its Manager of eComm Performance.
Cheli Nolan from Relay at StartWell

Cheli Nolan on experimenting with making offices fun again [Video]

Relay grew its office footprint through the pandemic and tried to make it a place where staff could enjoy themselves.
Sylvia Shultz from Zulu Alpha Kilo at StartWell

Sylvia Smiley on the power of relationships for talent attraction [Video]

Zulu Alpha Kilo is a growing Canadian creative agency attracting talent across the country and in New York.
Startups & Business »

Uncovering the entrepreneurial journey of Canadian innovators and the business they work with.

Makeup and Hair Artist Pureness in the StartWell Podcast Studio

The entrepreneurial journey of a Toronto based makeup & hair artist

Elizabeth Taylor aka Pureness joins us for the StartWell Podcast to give our audience an artist's perspective of entrepreneurship.
NFTs & The End of Style Gate-Keepers with Michael Casey (Coindesk)

NFTs & The End of Style Gate-Keepers with Michael Casey (Coindesk)

In this, Michael pontificates on how the arts/culture industry is changing with the evolution of asset ownership structures via NFTs.
Launching A Product Based Company with Katherine Homuth (Sheertex)

Launching A Product Based Company with Katherine Homuth (Sheertex)

Lessons and anecdotes from founding a company around new technology to change a product category forever (Scaletech 2022 Conference)
Tui Allen at Scaletech 2022 - held at StartWell Studios

Ideation Stage Considerations for Startups with Tui Allen (Shopify)

Recommended considerations for startup founders - informed through Tui's experience launching Shopify Balance (Scaletech 2022 Conference)
Media Producers & Productions »

Exploring expressions of creativity through conversations and works.

Canon Road Trip 2022 Studio Experience at StartWell [Event Recap]

Canon Road Trip 2022 Studio Experience at StartWell [Event Recap]

100s of Professionals and hobbyist photographers came to StartWell for a 2-day hands-on studio session with the EOS R lineup.
2022 Cashmere Collection - Shot by Justin Wu at StartWell Studios

2022 Cashmere Collection – Shot by Justin Wu at StartWell Studios

The Cashmere Collection heralds the annual return of Cashmere’s awareness and fundraising activities for breast cancer.
Lovebomb pop up at StartWell Studios in downtown Toronto

Love Bomb – An Art-Fashion-Music Popup at StartWell Studios [recap]

We sit down with collaborators Cat Choo and Ian Kelso to hear how their launch event at our Studio went + what's coming up next.
A SOCAN Hackathon Hosted at StartWell’s Offsite Venue on April 9th and 10th, 2022

Cue-Sheet-Palooza: A SOCAN Hackathon At StartWell’s Offsite Venue

This event explored ways music creators and stakeholders can get better paid for their screen-based performance rights royalties. Check out this new post!
Audio-Only Podcasts »

Our flagship broadcast, the StartWell Podcast, is recorded on campus in studio and presents diverse perspectives from local entrepreneurs. All episodes »

Reza Rahimi at StartWell for the Gathering Podcast

Reza Rahimi (Senior Director, Payments and Payroll Products – Wave) [Gathering Podcast ep.8]

Hear how Wave, a Canadian software company providing money management solutions for SMBs, kept culture alive in 2020-2021
Max Chen from Sonder in the StartWell Podcast Studio

Max Chen (Manager, eComm Performance – Sonder) [Gathering Podcast ep.7]

With hospitality training and experience managing data through EMEA, Max brings unique talent to Sonder as its Manager of eComm Performance.
Cheli Nolan (Head of People - Relay)

Cheli Nolan (Head of People – Relay) [Gathering Podcast ep.6]

Relay is rare as a company that grew their office footprint through the pandemic and experimented with making it a place for fun.
Amanda Cupido - Founder of Lead Podcasting at StartWell

Amanda Cupido (Lead Podcasting) [Gathering Podcast ep.5]

Amanda Cupido is an award-winning podcast producer, radio executive, university instructor, author, and entrepreneur.
Coworking Space Design Guide »

Anyone responsible for other people can develop community – one of the most important aspects an office that enables coworkers to flourish personally and professionally. Enabling community however can be an involved process – this section of our magazine shares tips and tricks from our experience to help you foster community in your own workplace.

StartWell furnished office members, coworking space members and guests enjoy reverse osmosis filtered and still water

Building the best watering hole: encouraging serendipity, focus and health through reverse osmosis

We set out to give our members and guests the best hydration experience we could - making access to it uniquely intimate yet shareable. Read to find out how!
An espresso being prepared at StartWell's coworking cafe in downtown Toronto

Awakened experiences: delighting people through bespoke cafe service

We love giving guests on campus a fun atmosphere to enjoy when they arrive and the option of taking away joy when they leave campus. Read to see how we do it!
Open bar/kitchen at StartWell coworking in Toronto

Modular kitchens for daytime eating: the appliances and utility of offering cold storage, quick heating and easy washing up

Read this post to learn how to keep it simple at your workplace. Not every food prep space needs bells & whistles, just a means of heating and cooling food.
A bright and spacious 12 person furnished office at StartWell in Toronto

Affordable does not mean cheap: how brands like IKEA enable agility and modular design

Read now to find out about desks. Consider an example situation where you need a lot of desks fast to setup a new workplace; do you have time to waste money?
News & Events »

Catch up on the latest news and happenings on campus at StartWell.

Startup Grind Toronto - Sept 15 2022 "The Importance of Debt" at StartWell

Discussing SMB Debt – With StartWell, Jeeves & Silicon Valley Bank [Event]

On September 15th 2022 we are producing the September session of Startup Grind Toronto with a fireside chat about SMB debt.
StartWell is the home of Toronto's Startup Grind Chapter - with over 6,000 entrepreneur members

StartWell is the new home of Startup Grind Toronto

Led by StartWell's CEO Qasim Virjee, this 6k+ member event series will be hosted monthly at StartWell's Toronto campus..
StartWell Coworking's Summer Patio on King Street West in Toronto - A great outdoor space for guests in meetings and coworking members.

StartWell’s New King Street Patio is Open

With warmer weather upon us in Toronto it's a pleasure to unveil our new outdoor patio in front of our King Street buildings. Perfect for relaxing on campus.
TechTO Summer Social May 11 2022 - Media by StartWell

TechTO Summer Social May 2022 [Event Recap]

Join us and look at TechTO’s first outdoor event of the summer in Toronto bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, investors + more. Check out the video!

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