Philippe Telio | 2014 Recipient of the Startup Canada Entrepreneurial Effect Award
“If you believe in yourself you will succeed.”
Phil Telio may have an engineering background, but this seasoned entrepreneur got a taste of the startup world fresh out of university. His journey started in the early 1990s, pre-internet era, when he joined Public Technologies Multimedia (PTM) — a startup that grew from a handful of people, to hundreds of people in just a few short years. From PTM, he joined Locus Dialogue, which was later acquired by InfoSpace. In 2003 Phil decided to start his own chapter with Embrase, a business-consulting firm centered on bringing innovation to the enterprise market.
Despite his 20 years of executive experience driving strategic business development, his heart has always been in startups so he created a series of events that have now come to be the largest events in Canada for entrepreneurs. This is why Phil was the 2014 recipient of the Startup Canada Entrepreneurial Effect Award.
Phil is proudly known as the Founder of Startupfest, a global gathering of the world’s best entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. The festival features world-class content, from quality pitch ideas to thoughtful exit strategies, across three days of keynotes, interactive how-to sessions and thought-provoking predictions.
Phil is championed for bringing together Canada’s entrepreneurs and has had an immense impact on helping Canadian startups create their businesses. Most recently, Phil has expanded his impact through the creation of the Elevator World Tour, ResolveTO and FWD50.
SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
PT: A burning desire from a very young age. Life was my inspiration.
SN: What has been your biggest lesson to date?
PT: If you believe in yourself you will succeed.
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
PT: Find champions that believe in you as much as you believe in yourself.
SN: What is the one thing we need to do as a nation, today, to position Canada as a global innovation and entrepreneurial leader?
PT: Scale our companies.
SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?
PT: Beat the machine. Or at the very least keep humanity in control.
SN: What is your message to the world?
PT: Help others be the best they can be.
SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?
PT: Interconnection amongst winners.
Listen to Phil’s interview on the Startup Canada Podcast Show with Rivers Corbett.