Swarochish Goswami | 2016 Recipient of the Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award
“Youth are the leaders of tomorrow but they don’t need to wait until tomorrow to lead.”
Swish Goswami is a 20 year old TEDx speaker, venture capitalist (at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital founded by Brooklyn Nets PF Trevor Booker), LinkedIn Youth Editor (50K+ followers), UN Youth Ambassador and serial entrepreneur. He has notably won Plan Canada’s Top 20 under 20, the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award and Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
After successfully collaborating with Google and American Express this summer, Swish started Ballin, a sports media conglomerate heavily focused on bridging the gap between players and fans by utilizing an external network of 10M followers. For his philanthropic and entrepreneurial advocacy, Swish has been featured in over fifty national and international publications including Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur and Mashable.
SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
SG: I wanted to make an impact and build a better world not only for myself but others. It’s cliche, but I saw entrepreneurship as the most direct way a young person like myself could make an impact, meet incredible people, and build the lifestyle I wanted.
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
SG: Stop planning so much and get started! People spend ages writing out their idea and not as much time figuring out how to practically create it. The latter really only comes when you create a pilot project or minimum viable product from your idea.
SN: What is the one thing you think we need to do as a nation, today, to position Canada as a global innovation and entrepreneurial leader?
SG: Stop thinking that we need to have a Silicon Valley in Canada and instead concentrate on connecting rural and urban talent together (something very few ecosystems have done). There’s a wealth of talent in rural areas and the lack of capital and infrastructure for entrepreneurs there is appalling.
SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?
SG: A world where any young person can immediately build applications to what they are learning and experience life fully (not only in the physical but virtual space). I hope to lead the charge from a business, entertainment and political perspective to enable young people to start businesses in a easier and more efficient manner.
SN: What is your message to the world?
SG: Youth are the leaders of tomorrow but they don’t need to wait until tomorrow to lead.
SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?
SG: The platform and voice it has given me to speak on various issues has been fantastic. Also some of the events have been thrilling to attend and participate in.