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Published on Dec 3, 2018
Humber’s first LinkedIn Local event, held November 15 at Humber Lakeshore Campus in Etobicoke, was on themed "The Digital Age of Entrepreneurship".
The evening featured a talk by Saad Siddiqui, CEO of Bonsai – a Toronto-based online shopping platform – and an hour-long panel discussion with LinkedIn notables Manu “Swish” Goswami, Nicole Athanasopoulos, Alyx Parks, and Spencer Turbitt.
Panel moderator and host Raechelle Morris asked questions centred on panellists’ experience in the digital age of entrepreneurship, and attendees networked and asked questions of the speakers.
Jeremy Largo-Afonso, who co-organized the event along with Graham Budgeon, says they chose the panellists for their entrepreneurial leadership, but also for their ability to develop their personal brand on social platforms and engage with their online communities.
Attendees paid rapt attention to Manu “Swish” Gawami, a serial tech entrepreneur with a long list of accomplishments, including a spot on Plan Canada’s 2015 Top 20 Under 20; Nicole Athanasopoulos, founder and director of NuLink Media; Alyx Parks, a career coach and motivational speaker at Bitmaker; and Spencer Turbitt, the CEO of HeroTask and iApotheca.
The discussion was wide-ranging: from those the panellists admire in their field, to how entrepreneurship has changed over the last few years. “There’s so much room in entrepreneurship, and if you’re truly innovative, there’s a lot of space to go around,” said Turbitt, elaborating on the discussion around competition.
“Now more than ever, stick to the fundamentals,” added Goswami. “And that is reaching out and having an incredibly strong interaction with your customer. That is so important – a really big company can’t steal the loyalty your customer shows to you.”
Cesar Lozano sat in the front row, and asked a few questions throughout the night. “I asked what a typical day looked like for them because I tried starting my own business as a student,” he said. “I found it very hard to juggle both, to come up with a business plan, start it off … I wanted to ask them what strategies they used because they’re so successful, and they’ve been in my shoes.”
IGNITE student leaders partnered with the Humber Career Centre, Ten Thousand Coffees, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Alumni Association to host the event.