Melina Saloman| 2016 Recipient of the Startup Canada Newcomer Entrepreneur Award
“Take risks early and don’t be afraid to fall.”
An industrial designer and founder, CEO and Creative Director of Ingomma, Melina Saloman is a multi-disciplinary industrial designer who learned the design trade in Brazil before immigrating to Canada. In Canada, she led a Kickstarter campaign to sell early versions of the Ingomma concept and graduated first in her class at the Founder’s Institute in Toronto.
Today, Ingomma is a Canadian company empowering designers with more versatility with colour, surface design and sustainability.
In 2015, Melina filed a provisional patent introducing Ingomma technology and materials to serve a new B2B market of consumer product designers. She is driven by the opportunity of the new method she has patented and collaborations she can offer to her peers in the fashion trade.
SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date?
MS: Is important to trust others and be around people that know your value.
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
MS: Take it day by day. Be strong and firm in maintaining your vision.
SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?
MS: I hope Canada stands as a fair trade, immigrant friendly nation and restores its identity as a peacemaking nation in business and politics, leading North America with a more friendly outlook in politics.
SN: What is your message to the world?
MS: Take risks early and don’t be afraid to fall.
SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?
MS: The exposure improves my credibility as a entrepreneur.