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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.

Ryan Bolton - Photographer (Ep.38)

Ryan Bolton – Photographer (Ep.38)

Journalism originally led Ryan to photography as a career - we discuss the backstory plus tips and tricks for improving as a career creator.
Amin Jadavji from Elevate Farms on the StartWell Podcast

Amin Jadavji – CEO/Founder, Elevate Farms

Elevate Farms is leveraging technology developed to test the ability to grow life on Mars - scaling up with vertical farms for leafy greens.
Ran Goel from Fresh City Farms on the StartWell Podcast

Ran Goel – Founder, Fresh City Farms (Ep.36)

Fresh City Farms sprouted from humble beginnings about a decade ago as an urban farming experiment in Downsview Park.
Jacqueline Vong on the StartWell Podcast

Jacqueline Vong – CoFounder of Playology Intl (Ep.35)

Hear some of her experiences taking the minions to China, bringing the Wiggles to Canada and much much more.
Jay Rosenthal on the StartWell Podcast

Jay Rosenthal – CoFounder at Business of Cannabis (Ep.34)

We sat down with the cofounder of Canada's leading publication focused on the emerging North American Cannabis industry.
Adam Weitner on the StartWell Podcast

Adam Weitner – Founder of Astrolab Studios (Ep33)

In this episode we meet Adam, the founder of one of Toronto's best boutique sound-stages who is also a professional photographer and DJ.
Len Senater on the StartWell Podcast

Len Senater from the Depanneur (Ep32)

Celebrating 10 years in business, Len joins us to recount the foundation story of The Depanneur, an experimental culinary social enterprise.
Ascari founders on the StartWell Podcast

Eric Joyal & John Sinopoli (Ep31)

A conversation that introduces their career history and perspectives working within Toronto's restaurant industry.
Neil Martin from Project Spaces at StartWell in Studio A

Neil Martin (Co-Founder, Project Spaces)

Neil relates his company's history, community profile & the importance of coworking for developing communities in urban contexts.
Ali from Rally Video on StartWell's A New Normal Show

Ali Jiwani (CEO, Rally Video)

Toronto based video startup Rally joins us for a chat making video calling more social using their new platform.
StartWell Presents: A New Normal with David Ciccarelli (CEO,

David Ciccarelli (CEO,

In this episode, we hear from a founder who has grown his startup to 100+ employees, raised millions and understood the value of work-anywhere through C19
Aliya Ramji (MT Ventures @McCarthy Tétrault ) on StartWell's A New Normal

Aliya Ramji (MT Ventures @ McCarthy Tétrault)

This conversation was recorded for StartWell's A New Normal series. Aliya Ramji is the co-founder of MT Ventures, McCarthy Tétrault's startup program.