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We publish multiple podcast series here and through our syndication partners – all episodes are below.

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.
To Gather [iTunes] [Spotify]
A series which examines the Hospitality, Meetings & Events industries with hosts Qasim Virjee & Orlando Carreira.

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

Philippe Telio – Founder, StartupFest (Hybrid Event)

In 2020, StartupFest faced tough decisions considering hosting their 10th Festival - in this session we learn how they embraced a hybrid event format.

Introducing “To Gather”

To kick things off, Qasim and Orlando discuss some topics they'd like to explore in the series which examines the Hospitality, Meetings & Events industries.

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.

Nikolas Badminton (Futurist Speaker & Advisor)

Badminton breaks down what it means to be a Futurist, relates personal experiences from working through the pandemic and much more in just 30 minutes.

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.


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)

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

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.

Ujwal Arkalgud (CEO, Motivbase)

Ujwal offers some consumer trends he's seeing at the moment and offer his take on how companies might use this time as an opportunity to innovate.

Tarun Nayar (Director, 5x Festival)

We dialled up Tarun in Vancouver for his take on changes in the music industry and what entertainment trends he sees emerging from this pandemic period.

Sameer Mohamed (Founder, Fahrenheit Coffee)

We caught up with Sameer Mohammed in Old Toronto to hear how the pandemic is affecting his award winning specialty coffee business.