Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I was selected as 1 of 10 young journalists to take part in the Canadian International Development Agency's program with Journalists for Human Rights to mentor and train local journalists in a developing country. It taught me about NGO structure, government relations and how to measure sustainability and impact at a grassroots level. I also spearheaded a blanket drive across my community while in high school, to keep the homeless around Toronto warm during the winter months; was a founder of Carleton University's Red Zone, an campus wide initiative designed to create a unified spirit on campus to support Varsity athletes; and acted as the Varsity representative on Carleton University Athletics Board for two years saving multiple teams from being eliminated from the budget. In 2015, I completed a product and business accelerator with MSH District at Brightlane in Toronto and am currently enrolled in a social business accelerator at the Centre For Social Innovation in Toronto to develop Reign & Co. further.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
I am currently working with advisors provided by MSH District selected to assist with various areas of my business that I have questions about. For instance, I had an advisor who is an experienced marketing professional to help work out a strategy. MSH also set up a pitch night, in which I was able to present Reign & Co. to a panel of successful entrepreneurs to gain constructive feedback and undergo a Q&A period infront of a live audience. This was valuable as it allowed me to see what they responded to and where I need to streamline my points about the business model behind Reign & Co. In conjunction with MSH, I am being mentored by the Dean of Social Innovation at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, to ensure I properly form as a B Corp and align myself with the right people and contacts to create a successful triple bottom line company. Additionally, I am working with a business consultant from The Richard Ivey Business School at Western University who understands how to bring a new product to market, has strategic expertise in business development and experience in raising capital. Lastly, I am in the beginning stages of talking with our water charities about future partnerships and how we can benefit each other's growth strategies.