Mentors Are Ready to Startup Your Weekend (part two)

By Angela Thibert – Angela is a student volunteer for Startup Weekend Etobicoke

If you can see yourself becoming an entrepreneur in the future then Startup Weekend Etobicoke is for you. Come share in an event where creativeness and innovation are celebrated. Startup Weekend Etobicoke is the place to meet others just like you who all share the common goal to build their own business.

Fortunately we have something that can set you apart- the chance to be mentored by several industry professionals who have once been in your shoes. Here are some more amazing coaches that will be around throughout the weekend.

Jacqueline Spicer


Jacqueline is the president and creative director at INK TANK Design and Communications. Her company has won many awards for its work as a design and communications firm. Jacqueline’s expertise lies in marketing, public relations, and event management. Aside from this she enjoys writing, and brings that creative flair wherever she goes.

Hadi Aladdin


Hadi is the Co-founder and CEO of CoursePeer Inc and various other organizations in the Middle East and North America. His different organizations touch on a wide array of topics from education, technology, digital advertising, and agriculture.  With such an extensive range of experiences, he can be classified as a social entrepreneur working towards a vision. As well, he is an experienced start-up mentor, author, and speaker. 

Mark Stoiko


Mark is a professor at the Humber College Business School, where he loves to teach about business planning, general management, marketing, and sales. Before he started teaching, he ran his own advertising agency and marketing research firms. This is not his first time mentoring start-ups either. He has shared his knowledge and expertise with young entrepreneurs for many years.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you do not want to miss this opportunity to turn your ideas into action. All of these industry professionals will be available to offer the advice, knowledge and expertise you are looking for, whatever your business idea! Startup Weekend Etobicoke is the first step in getting where you want to go, so come out and make the most of it.

Stay turned for a look inside the judging panel that is lined up for Startup Weekend Etobicoke.

Mentors Are Ready To Startup Your Weekend (part one)

By Angela Thibert: Angela Thibert is student volunteer for Startup Weekend Etobicoke

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You have some great ideas, but the problem is you don’t know where to begin? Let us inspire you. Startup Weekend Etobicoke gives you the opportunity to take the first steps in starting a business and provides fantastic coaches to share their expertise throughout the weekend.

All of these industry professionals are volunteering their time at the event with a common goal: to share their knowledge and help you build that business! These coaches will be at your disposal all weekend, so come and take advantage of these great resources!

Marvin Dolgay


Marvin is the founder and president of Tambre Productions Inc., a music and audio production house. This is a company that he has built from the ground up from his apartment. He enjoys composing his own work as well, and has won multiple awards for his work in the entertainment industry.

Dalia Asterbadi


Dalia is the founder and CEO of her own company realSociable, a company dedicated to helping other companies achieve a greater sales capacity through improving customer engagement. She has an extensive background in marketing, management, and loves to problem solve.

Julie Murphy


Julie is the CEO and managing partner at CLUES, which aims to provide strategies and tactics to help organizations improve their effectiveness on a range of different dimensions. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and customer relationship management. From her experience, she has most enjoyed customer profiling and customer value optimization.

Andrew Yoshioka       

 Yoshioka - 2013 ASBMB

Andrew is the founder and president of Sanbonki Inc, a management consulting company.  His company focuses on helping other companies create value, and gain support from investment and partnerships. Andrew’s greatest insights are in the life sciences industry. He has already participated in many other Startup Weekends and competitions, so this is not his first time around.

Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson Head

Lyndon is the founder and general manager of public relations firm Think Different(ly). His firm is different from others in that he is focused specifically on providing pubic relations, marketing, and publicity counseling to startups and small businesses. He is definitely in the right place.

Elizabeth Fenuta


Elizabeth has extensive experience in the architecture field. She has completed her Masters degree at the University of Waterloo, and has spent time studying abroad in Italy. She has worked in various architecture and design firms around Toronto, and now is a partner at Hout Architecture Inc.

Having this impressive roster of coaches guiding you at Startup Weekend is an opportunity not to be missed! Come get work with experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals and get advice specific to your business.  Startup Weekend is a great way to network and build meaningful relationships with people who may help you in the long run.

This post only provides a snippet of the coaches that will be participating in Startup Weekend Etobicoke. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn about the other coaches!

Announcing: Startup Weekend Toronto – Internet of Things Edition


Startup Weekend Toronto
November 21st-23rd, 2014

Pssttt… did you hear?  Startup Weekend Toronto is back and the theme this year is “Internet of Things Edition”.

So get your thinking caps on and identify problems that could be solved by “the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure.” [source: Wikipedia]

In other words, come out for the weekend and create super cool enterprises that use physical and digital stuff to solve real world problems.

More details to come but for now, reserve your tickets before they sell out!