Event Details

Every Thursday from June 26th to July 31st.

Time: 4:30pm registration - 5pm start, concludes 6:30pm

Price: $35 + GST

Ticket inclusions: Beer, Wine and Canapes

Venue: Launch Academy - 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Parking: Metered street parking available on side streets. No parking on Hastings during rush hour. Parking lot located at the north-east corner of Hastings and Abbott.




“Launch Academy strives to cultivate young entrepreneurs in BC and partnering with CKNW, the place where British Columbians turn to most for news and information, is an exciting opportunity to team up and support the growth of BC’s economy together with today’s young leaders in business.”

- Ray Walia,

Executive Director, Launch Academy

CKNW is pleased to partner with LAUNCH ACADEMY

Launch Academy is Vancouver’s leading entrepreneurship facility that helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through education, mentorship, lean metrics and networking opportunities. Founded on the values of innovation, opportunities and accountability, Launch Academy aims to build a vibrant start-up ecosystem and a prosperous economy in British Columbia where new jobs are created and new markets are discovered.



CKNW presents The Young Entrepreneurs

CKNW is excited to introduce our newest business series The Young Entrepreneurs.

Join us every Thursday from June 26th to July 31st at the Launch Academy, where Mike Eckford sits down for a one on one discussion with some of BC’s top entrepreneurs. Gain insights into the minds and methodologies of six driven and innovative young BC business leaders as they navigate through the world of entrepreneurship.

Representing multiple industries, these six young business leaders will share their stories as they’ve never shared them before -  stories of innovation, disruption, failure, and success.

At the end of the interview, all attendees have the chance to participate in a special Q & A session.

Meet BC's Brightest Young Minds

June 26th

Lisa Fraser
Founder and CEO, Squeezease Therapy Inc.

Lisa has passion, vision, and tenacity. In 2014, Lisa was awarded BC Business’ Top 30 under 30. In 2013 she was awarded the BC Creative Achievement Award for applied design from the BC Achievement Foundation, recognized by the premier.  She developed her Snug Vest invention and patented technology  from concept to commercialization. It has been recognized by Autism Speaks, the largest autism organization in the world, and by world-thought leaders such as Dr. Temple Grandin. Her invention has won numerous international design, medical, and technology awards for it’s design excellence and innovation.

July 3rd

Rattan Bagga

When Rattan Bagga refers to himself as a “wholesome entrepreneur,” he isn’t referring only to the organic granola and gluten-free treats that New World Natural manufactures. Rattan has been the CEO of New World Natural Foods, a Canadian organic foods manufacturer, since 2010. He also has a tremendous passion towards instilling entrepreneurial thinking among today’s youth. With two like-minded colleagues he co-founded the educational NPO Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad. YELL is a unique platform which offers accredited entrepreneurship courses in BC high schools that empower the next generation of Canadian problem solvers. Rattan was recently recognized by BC Business magazine as a Top 30 under 30 business leader in the province.

July 10th

Joel Primus, Founder & President,

This 28-year-old visionary’s  first taste of commitment and success came through a running career that started at age 13 when Joel was the first athlete in B.C Athletics history to win back-to-back both the  3,000 metre and 1,500 metre titles at the Provincial Track and Field Championships.  Following his running career Joel decided to form the Project World Citizen Society, the legacy from a film trip through Central and South America. The organization currently works out of Ghana and plans are underway to continue filming the documentary in other parts of the world.

While filming in South America, Joel was also inspired by the unique underwear he found there that he could not find in Canada. Upon his return he started Naked Clothing Inc. His vision was to create a seamless fitting luxury boxer brief, creating a sensation of being naked.
Joel took Naked Inc on the Canada’s Hit Show Dragon’s Den twice and the product now sells at Hudson Bay Co, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom, and has been featured on The View, Entertainment Tonight, Men’s Health and Esquire Magazine.


July 17th

Annalea Krebs
Founder and CEO, ethicalDeal

A social entrepreneur, Annalea Krebs is a passionate individual whose mission to make green mainstream inspires those around her. Annalea recognized that the top 3 reasons preventing people from purchasing green products were that they think they are too expensive, they don’t know where to find them, and they don’t know what to trust. For Annalea, ethicalDeal is the solution to this problem as people can trust ethicalDeal to find the best green products and can try them out an introductory price. Annalea is one of BC’s Top 30 under 30, has been named one of the top 25-women run start-ups to watch by Fast Company, and received the Top Online Marketer Award from Small Business BC in 2013. She believes that business can be a powerful force for change, and loves companies that are built to make the world better.

July 24th

Kyle Vucko
CEO and Co-founder, Indochino Apparel Inc.

Kyle Vucko is the CEO and Co-Founder of Indochino. When Co-Founder and University of Victoria classmate Heikal Gani shared the story of his struggle to find a suit, Kyle recognized the potential to shake up the men’s online fashion world. He saw a missed opportunity in the space – delivering men’s custom apparel cost-effectively – and built a vertically integrated company to solve it. Today Indochino is the world leader in custom online menswear, with over 120,000 customers in 130 countries.

July 31st

 Igor Faletski & John Boxall

Igor Faletski is the CEO of Mobify. Along with co-founders John Boxall and Peter McLachlan, Faletski has grown Mobify from a three-person startup in a Burnaby basement to a global mobile software company with over 80 full-time employees and presence in the U.K., Brazil and Japan. Igor is a recipient of the BCBusiness “Top 30 Under 30″ award and an aspiring open water swimmer.

John Boxall is the CTO and co-founder of Mobify, a software company focused on helping retailers deliver exceptional mobile shopping experiences. While attending SFU, John built the first version of TransLink’s text message bus schedule system. John graduated with a BSc in Computing Science and began working on Mobify’s technology platform which today powers over $150 million annually in e-commerce revenues. In 2014, he received BCBusiness’ “Top 30 Under 30″ award for his work in building the Vancouver based company.