Eli Fathi – Canada as an AI Superpower

    Eli Fathi | 2016 Recipient of the Senior Entrepreneur Award

    “I want the world to embrace innovation, which will create commerce around the world and will also uplift developing countries.”

    Eli Fathi has founded or co-founded companies that currently employ over 400 people and have generated over $500 million in salaries and net benefits to the economy.

    Today, Eli is the CEO of MindBridge, a data analytics company that uses AI and machine learning technologies to uncover material irregularities in data. Eli is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits in launching innovative technology companies in North America that serve a global customer base.

    Eli is also civic leader and key influencer in Canada’s tech community,  having served on a number of diverse not-for-profit board of directors.

    SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

    EF: The freedom to be able to chart your own destiny.

    SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date? 

    EF: That success does not come in straight line and there are challenges along the way that you need to overcome.

    SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?

    EF: Be persistent, set up your goals, work hard towards them, and do not pay attention to naysayers. Focus on your goals and objectives.

    SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?

    EF: We should promote the practice of capitalism with a heart and not forget about the less fortunate in the community.

    SN: What is your message to the world?

    EF: I want the world to embrace innovation, which will create commerce around the world and will also uplift developing countries.

    SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?

    EF: Startup Canada is an incredible organisation which is building an environment for entrepreneurial momentum and success in Canada. It is promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Listen to Eli’s interview on the Startup Canada Podcast Show with Rivers Corbett.


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    Lindsay is a freelance journalist passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and small business. A graduate from Carleton University's journalism program, Lindsay enjoys traveling across Canada to cover Canada's entrepreneurship community.