Kari Gordon | Winner of the 2018 Startup Canada Community Leader of the Year Award – National
“Understanding your competitor and what makes you different is key to be a successful entrepreneur.”
Kari Gordon is the Executive Director of Startup Calgary. She is a champion of the startup community, bringing together diverse people, skills, and experiences to foster innovation. She has been instrumental in leading Alberta to transform economic downturn into entrepreneurial opportunities.
Under Kari’s leadership, Startup Calgary became a founding member of the Calgary Innovation Coalition, a collective of 17 organizations representing the innovation community to the Alberta government.
She’s the driving force behind Startup Calgary’s more than 50 events that annually impact hundreds of entrepreneurs at meetups, Startup Weekends, pitch nights, workshops and more.
Kari is a one-of-a-kind leader raising the bar for Startup Communities everywhere.
Startup News had the opportunity to sit down with Kari Gordon to learn more.
SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date?
KG: Understanding your competitor and what makes you different is key to be a successful entrepreneur.
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
KG: If you are just starting up, think big right away, think of the global stage as your customer base.