Episode 56: Michele Romanow, Dragon on CBC's "Dragons' Den"
"Start now." - "Slow success breeds confidence." These are some key pieces of advice that Michele Romanow gives our listeners in this episode. Best of the WWEST producer Vanessa interviews Michele at Creating Connections 6.0 where Michele was a keynote speaker on May 4, 2019. She shares what her busy everyday life is like, who inspires her, and how iteration breeds innovation, as well as what she does to take breaks from her role as a public figure.
Guest: Michele Romanow (Twitter)
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A "Dragon" on CBC's hit show Dragons' Den, Michele is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which in 2018 gave entrepreneurs more than $100 million in funding; SnapSave, which was acquired by Groupon; and Buytopia.ca, ranked #3 on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies. Named in WXN's "100 Most Powerful in Canada" and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes' "Millennial on a Mission" list, Michele brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.
Michele has driven new digital solutions to many of the world's leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil, and she has advised Fortune 100s and governments on innovation, AI, blockchain, and the new economy. She was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards; and was a Cartier Women's Initiative Award global finalist. Awarded Angel Investor of the Year by the Canadian Innovation Awards, Michele is a prolific angel investor who has also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more women entrepreneurs. In the media, Michele's work has been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, The Globe and Mail, and Chatelaine.
During her Civil Engineering undergrad at Queen's University, Michele founded The Tea Room, the first zero-consumer-waste coffee shop. She was also given the Queen's Tricolour—the highest honour awarded by the university—and, after completing her Queen's MBA, she founded Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated commercial fishery.
Michele is currently a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen's Business School and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.
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- CBC's Dragons' Den
- "Dragons' Den star Romanow's seven tips for maximum productivity," The Globe and Mail, October 5, 2018
- "Enter the Dragon: Michele Romanow Tells Young Entrepreneurs to 'Start Now'," Forbes, February 28, 2018
- The League of Innovators
- SHAD (summer enrichment program for high schoolers in STEM)
- Smith School of Business - Queen's University
- The Tea Room at Queen's University
- Vail Resorts