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Youngpreneur with Anjalee Naren

Hi, I am your young host, Anjalee. I’m a college student who loves solving problems. But, as it turns out, being a Youngpreneur is hard. Personally, I’ve spent more time wanting to quit and feeling lost, than I would ever like to admit. So now, I am trying to solve that problem for some other Youngpreneurs. On the show, we bring in crazy smart founders of all ages to ask them the questions that are on our mind. Whether you are just trying to come up with an idea, launch from 0 to 1 or you are a little further along in your journey, we are here to help! So what are you waiting for, take a listen :)


Sustainable Innovation with Shadi Bakour
This week we are thrilled to feature Shadi Bakour on our podcast. Shadi Bakour is the CEO and Co-Founder of PATH, a sustainability-focused bottled water company that provides the first 100% refillable, recyclable bottled water in a sturdy aluminum bottle. An expert in the beverage industry, As an entrepreneur  Shadi’s extensive experience and proven track record of growing disruptive businesses have allowed him to drive the overall vision and strategy for PATH. Tune into this week's episode to learn more about engraining impact for entrepreneurship.
54:41 5/11/22
Sharing Wiz(dom) with Cyrus Moradian
This week we are thrilled to feature Cyrus Moradian on our podcast. Cyrus Moradian is the CEO and Co-founder of Wize, a company that empowers students to realize their potential. To date, Wize has helped over 70,000 students across North America. He is also the CEO and Co-founder of Beat Your Course, a company that provides a diverse range of products and services that give students a competitive edge to achieve their desired goals and aspirations in today’s fast-paced university environment.  Tune into this week's episode to learn more about boosting your potential.
48:33 5/4/22
Make Consistent Decisions with Ahmed Elsamadisi
This week we are thrilled to feature Ahmed Elsamadisi on our podcast. Ahmed is the founder and CEO of Narrator. Narrator enables companies to understand their customer, ask questions, and analyze data across all their systems from a single universal data model that grows with them. Ahmed started his career at Cornell's Autonomous Systems Laboratory, building algorithms for autonomous vehicles and human-robot interaction. He then joined Raytheon to develop AI algorithms for missile defense, focusing on tracking and discrimination. In 2015, Ahmed joined WeWork as the first hire on their data team. He built their data engineering infrastructure and grew the team to forty data engineers and analysts. Ahmed was also recognized as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 for 2021.  Tune into this week's episode to learn more about Making Consistent decisions.
50:21 4/27/22
Freedom of Making Choices with Sheevaun Moran
This week we are thrilled to feature Sheevaun Moran on our podcast. Sheevaun Moran is a spiritual warrior for business success and growth. She is the founder of Energetic Solutions Inc . Sheevaun has also worked with fortune 500 companies, tech startups, attorneys, biotech transformation experts, authors, and many more .she delves in to help folks on the path to becoming entrepreneurs and CEOs. Sheevaun has used her unique formula to help over 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEO, and leaders achieve freedom and flow in business and life. She brings them clarity, simplicity, and profits. She has also written 20+ books and hosts her podcast about success. Tune into this week's episode to learn more about the freedom of making choices.
47:57 4/20/22
Implementing and Revitalizing Systems with Aaron Spivak
This week we are thrilled to feature Aaron Spivak on our podcast. Aaron Spivak is a Canadian serial entrepreneur who started his journey with entrepreneurship at 18 years old, co-founding Revitasize, an organic cold-pressed juice kitchen serving high-quality juices and various vegan options.  Aaron most recently co-founded a sleep improvement company called Hush. selling Canada's most popular weighted blanket and sleep essentials. Helping those improve sleep, ADHD, and so much more. Aaron is also a former Canadian Junior Hockey League player, OUA Champion, public speaker, and startup advisor. He was also most recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 for the Retail and E-commerce sector. Tune into this week's episode to learn more about implementing and revitalizing systems.
27:49 4/13/22
Act on Your Strengths with Jan Becker
This week we are thrilled to feature Jan Becker on our podcast.  Jan Becker is President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Apex.AI, Inc. Building on the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS), Apex.AI was founded in 2017 to enable developers to implement complex, safety-critical software for autonomous mobility successfully. Some of the big players that have invested in Apex include Toyota's A.I Venture fund and Volvo. Jan has been active in the field of Autonomous vehicles for over 20 years, among which he has been working in several positions at Bosch, Faraday Future. Since 2010, Jan has even been a Lecturer at Stanford University for autonomous vehicles and driver assistance.   Tune into this week's episode to learn more about acting on your strengths.
56:26 4/6/22
Taking that Leap with Kaiya Gamble
This week we are thrilled to feature Kaiya Gamble on our podcast. Kaiya Gamble is a versatile pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Calgary, Alberta. Her debut single, “Speak Out,” was premiered on CBC Radio’s ‘Key of A.’ The song placed Top 3 in the International Women’s Freedom Song contest (2021), received airplay on Alberta’s top radio stations, and was nominated for Pop Single of the Year at the 2021 YYC Music Awards. She is also the youngest artist ever to be featured on HOLR Magazine’s ‘In the Mirror Podcast’ and she was nominated for the Prophets of Music Emerging Artist award at the 2021 YYC Music Awards. Most recently, Kaiya was named Lawson Vocal Studios 2021 Standout Artist in the national performance competition “Becoming”.  Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Taking that Leap.
31:33 3/30/22
Empowering Women with Felena Hanson
This week we are thrilled to feature Felena Hanson on our podcast. Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provide a productive environment for growing businesses. Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, BBC News, Forbes, and the New York Times.  She is a published author and international speaker.  Her book, “Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business” is available on Amazon. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Empowering Women.
39:13 3/23/22
Deep-Seated Drive to Serve with KC Rossi
This week we are thrilled to feature Kc Rossi on our podcast. Kc Rossi is a Business & Leadership Coach who helps high-achieving CEOs and entrepreneurs go from people-pleasing burned-out perfectionists to profitable powerhouses. She’s been a full-time entrepreneur since 1991 and has built six and 7+ figure businesses. She is also a Certified Aromatherapist, Mind-Body Eating Coach, and NLP Practitioner. This allows her to bring an integrated and intuitive approach to her coaching. Kc is also the Founder of The Soulprint Method®, a system that combines energy, mindset, and spirituality. This holistic approach provides extreme clarity, dissolves limiting beliefs, improves performance, and opens the way to experience and share your full potential. She is the host of Women Developing Brilliance® — The Spirit of Business; a show dedicated to cultivating confidence, increasing visibility, elevating vibration, and leading with purpose. Her work has also been highlighted in ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Thrive Global, SmallBizDaily, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapists, Female Entrepreneurial Association, and The Smart Girl Tribe. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about her deep-seated drive to serve.
46:11 3/16/22
Purpose and Transparency with David Zamarin
This week we are thrilled to feature David Zamarin on our podcast. David Zamarin is the Founder & CEO of DetraPel, his latest venture that appeared on Season 9 of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. DetraPel is an advanced materials company that manufactures protective coatings without any cancer-causing fluorochemicals (PFAS). He also founded two other companies that he has since exited. David is also a member of several advisory boards: he currently sits on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board of FedEx, is a Strategic Advisor for EntrepreneurShares, is an advisor for Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, and does numerous speaking engagements. A member of Forbes 30 Under 30, Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and Boston’s 25 Under 25 by BostInno, David inspires youth ventures by being an active member of several youth entrepreneurship advisory boards. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about being independent and transparent.
52:12 3/9/22
Creating Freedom with Katherine Wintsch
This week we are thrilled to feature Katherine Wintsch on our podcast. Katherine Wintsch is the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she helps the largest companies in the world such as Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, and Airbnb better understand and support their mom customers and employees. And in her latest venture, Katherine combines 10+ years of groundbreaking research on motherhood with her own personal journey in her popular book Slay Like a Mother. Parade magazine recently named Slay Like a Mother, one of the “top 10 life-changing self-help books of the year” and Katherine’s research has been featured by The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Katherine is a recipient of the “Working Mother of the Year” award by the Advertising Women of New York, the “Outstanding Woman” award from the YWCA, and most recently a “Woman of the Decade” award from the Women’s Economic Forum in India. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about her drive to succeed.
46:33 3/2/22
Drive to Succeed with Olga Nesterova
This week we are thrilled to feature Olga Nesterova on our podcast. Olga Nesterova is the founder of OnestBusiness - a Marketing Strategy consulting company specializing in working with business startups and entrepreneurs. She is also the President of Onest TV Network and Executive Producer at Onest Media Productions. In response to social unrest in summer 2020, Olga founded the Artists 4 Justice nonprofit initiative that unites performers of all kinds in their fight for justice and unity. Olga has also worked in TV production after having produced NBA, WNBA & NHL halftime entertainment as a part of her ProAm Dance Team company. Additionally, she has founded Onest Media Productions, which creates exclusive series and programs for various companies and organizations alongside its Onest TV Network.  Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about her drive to succeed.
42:00 2/23/22
Positive Mindset and Social Change with Lisa Curtis
This week we are thrilled to feature Lisa Curtis on our podcast.  Lisa Curtis is the Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, the leading brand pioneering the sustainably sourced superfood moringa. Kuli Kuli’s moringa powders, bars, and wellness shots are sustainably sourced from African women and other small farmers worldwide and sold in 11,000 U.S. stores. Lisa began working on Kuli Kuli while serving in the Peace Corps and has grown it into a multi-million dollar social enterprise. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic, where she managed a team of six to grow the company from zero to over $5M invested in solar through Mosaic’s online marketplace.  Previously, Lisa wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House, served as a United Nations Environment Programme Youth Advisor, and worked at an impact investment firm in India. Lisa was recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and Inc Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders list. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about building a sustainable food system.
35:43 2/16/22
Perseverance for a Better Future with Sea F. Briganti
This week we are thrilled to feature Sea F.Briganti on our podcast. Sea F. Briganti is the Co-Founder and CEO of LOLIWARE, an award-winning, seaweed-based climate tech company replacing single-use plastics. She has also co-founded other companies such as HyChia, Mademoicell, and The Way We See The World. In addition, she has won multiple international awards for her work related to LOLIWARE seaweed-based products. Over the next five years, Sea and the LOLIWARE team are hyper-focused on rapidly obsoleting big plastic with seaweed to tackle plastic pollution, improve our ocean’s health, and decarbonize our future.  Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about perseverance for a better future.
45:33 2/7/22
Striving for Greatness with Grant Aldrich
This week we are thrilled to feature Grant Aldrich on our podcast. Grant Aldrich is a serial entrepreneur who has a purpose driven mission to make higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone.  He’s the founder of which helps people save up to 30% on their college degree, and Preppy, which has made job certification training faster, easier and cheaper.  Grant has spent his entire career working in startups with nearly 18 years of experience. He has been a board member and donor to a number of nonprofits, an advisor to many publicly traded companies, and a guest speaker at seminars and graduate school courses. He has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, American Express, Reader's Digest, and nearly 100 radio shows and podcasts. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Striving for Greatness.
42:12 1/31/22
Managing Brand Space with Dave Hirschkop
This week we are thrilled to feature Dave Hirschkop on our podcast.   Dave Hirschkop is the founder and creative force behind Dave’s Gourmet. His products reflect his love for delicious food, wholesome ingredients, and innovative ideas. Dave became determined to design innovative pasta sauces using the best tasting and highest quality ingredients he could find. His creations include Butternut Squash, Organic Red Heirloom, Wild Mushroom, and Golden Heirloom Pasta Sauces, earning him more than seventeen prestigious Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation awards, including “best in category” four times. Dave has also authored a cookbook and made numerous appearances on television including the Food Network. His success has been built on viewing situations from different perspectives and creating solutions and products that create joy and meet needs.   Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Managing Brand Space.
35:44 1/26/22
Overcome Failures with Ashlee Ammons
This week we are thrilled to feature Ashlee Ammons on our podcast. Ashlee Ammons is the Co-Founder and the President of Mixtroz. She is the 38th Black Female to raise over $1M in pre-seed funding. Prior to co-founding Mixtroz with her mother, Kerry Schrader, Ashlee established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z, as well as legacy brands like Moët Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Ashlee serves on the Executive Board of Tech Birmingham and is an Advisor to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center following her time on the NEC’s Board. Ashlee is a 2019 Birmingham Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient as well as Birmingham 40 Under 40 of the decade and Business Journals National Rising Star. Ashlee and her mother were named “Powerful Women” by Entrepreneur Magazine on their inaugural list in November 2019.  Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about overcoming failures.
46:25 1/19/22
Embracing Opportunities with Sophia Fairweather
This week we are thrilled to feature Sophia Fairweather on our podcast. Sophia Fairweather is the founder of  is a unique financing platform that connects single parent and zero parent families access to buying their first home. Sophia is also an award winner in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). At the age of  8, she was the youngest award recipient of the Women of Inspiration Awards for official Canada 150. Her influence space is diverse, from being a board member to an AWSN board member to an ERA Board member. She is also a Government Policy Influencer, an Entrepreneur, author, and contributor to community Now Magazine and UWN, a National Youth Ambassador for UWN, and a creator and moderator in the Peer to Peer JAM Role Model talks! Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Embracing opportunities.
54:41 1/12/22
Exhibiting Diverse Talent with Reetu Gupta
This week we are thrilled to feature Reetu Gupta on our podcast. Reetu Gupta is the CEO and the Co-founder of Cirkled In, an award-winning, 21st-century recruitment platform for Kindergarten – College students to exhibit themselves in the best possible way and increase their success rate for all their applications - from college to jobs, internships, and scholarships. Before Cirkled In, Reetu spent 20 years in corporate America, from startups to Fortune 50 companies. Reetu earned her MBA (Valedictorian) in Technology Management from Foster School of Business at UW and MS and BS from NIT, India. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about Exhibiting Diverse Talent.
46:20 1/5/22
Exponential Learning with Tevah El Emmet
This week we are thrilled to feature Tevah El Emmet “The Idea Man” on our podcast. Tevah El Emmet is the Founder and CEO of Nspired Media, a platform that supports companies to optimize their social impact then uses that to market their business and increase profits. He also sits on the global advertising team at Facebook where he has been recognized by company VPs for being a founding team member of Facebook Elevate, Facebook’s global company program to train millions of black and Latinx-owned small businesses in marketing. Tevah has also advised US Congress on using economic policy to reverse the negative effects of inequalities faced by minority-owned businesses. He’s also spoken at Pixar, Stanford, Facebook, Yelp, and the Federal Reserve. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about education and exponential learning.
38:28 12/29/21
Building the Underlying Foundation with Anant Bhardwaj
This week we are thrilled to feature Anant Bhardwaj on our podcast. Anant Bhardwaj is the Founder and CEO of Instabase, the horizontal application platform that employs deep learning to solve unstructured data problems. It has reimagined how businesses build, run and share software applications, changing how they operate. Under Anant’s leadership, Instabase raised $130 million in funding and reached unicorn status just four years after launching in 2015. While working on his Ph.D. at MIT, Anant realized businesses needed one horizontal platform where enterprise applications could be easily created and used. To solve this, he built a platform, now Instabase, that enterprises such as Standard Chartered began to test building applications on. Today, Bhardwaj’s Instabase is a trusted platform used by top financial and insurance companies, including customers like NatWest, Standard Chartered, and Gusto to automate complex business processes from processing the largest volume of paycheck protection loans in the country to automating the entire insurance claims process. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about building the underlying foundation.
49:57 12/22/21
Balancing Technology and Humanity with Archer Chiang
This week we are thrilled to feature Archer Chiang on our podcast. Archer Chiang is the Founder and CEO of Giftpack. He is an entrepreneur, a product designer, and a software engineer. He has also been a serial entrepreneur with four companies across the globe (US, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea) since he was 19. A drop-out from Stanford University (Computer Science Master), graduated from Academy of Art University (New Media MFA), and National Sun Yet-sen University (Computer Science BA) in Taiwan. In the past five years, he has fixated on the digitalization of the gifting economy to change and impact the way people do gifting. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about balancing technology and humanity.
32:13 12/15/21
Prioritizing Kindness with Evie Smith Hatmaker
This week we are thrilled to feature Evie Smith Hatmaker on our podcast. Evie Smith Hatmaker is the Founder and CEO of Rebellious PR. After almost 10 years working with startups and Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley, she started Rebellious PR in 2016 to pursue her vision of elevating PR industry standards through better work, better agency culture, and a focus on cultural competency. She has repeatedly infiltrated the cultural zeitgeist with her forward-thinking clients whether fighting sex tech censorship, uplifting and amplifying underrepresented founders and companies, or landing media opportunities in nearly every major media outlet. In 5 years, she has built and scaled Rebellious from independent practice to a million-dollar agency. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about prioritizing kindness.
30:23 12/8/21
Leverage to Create Impressions with Jeff Hu
This week we are thrilled to feature Jeff Hu on our podcast. Jeff Hu is the CEO and Co-Founder of Turing Chain, the platform helping schools issue e-certificates on the blockchain, creating a paperless and reliable reality. He was also the first invited scholar at Berkeley Blockchain X-Lab, and global fellow at Clinton Foundation. He previously worked as Head of Blockchain in a New York media company and NLP consultant at J.P. Morgan. Jeff Hu has published three blockchain papers in ACM, IEEE, and international journal CPE and was awarded the Best Paper in CryBlock'18, Germany. In addition, he was the winner of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017 HK, the South Korea FinTech UpTown Competition 2018, ETNet E-commerce Competition 2019 HK, and 20+ international awards. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about taking the first step.
43:12 12/1/21
Growing Intentions and Inner Drive with Kylie Woods
This week we are thrilled to feature Kylie Woods on our podcast. Kylie Woods is the Founder and Executive Director of Chic Geek, a supportive community that aids women with progressing in their careers. Chic Geek is driven with strong roots to amplify gender diversity in technology and empower women in tech through various programs. Kylie Wood’s career has evolved from being an employee and consultant to an entrepreneur in the technology industry. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about leading with intentions and inner drive.
41:11 11/24/21
Owning Your Passion with Dean J. Fusto
This week we are thrilled to feature Dean J. Fusto on our podcast. Dean J. Fusto is the President and Head of the Brandon Hall School, an international boarding and day school. He is also the founder of Teach.Learn.Lead community. This site is an online edu-library that has grown massively, building a vast global network of teachers and school leaders seeking professional development and access to educational research. In 2017, he founded the Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies at Brandon Hall School to develop his passion for inspiring youth leadership. Dean J. Fusto is a 2020 recipient of the Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a past recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship through the University of Connecticut and an EE Ford Fellowship. Dean J. Fusto is also the author of The Next Best Thing to Being There. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about owning your passion.
33:43 11/17/21
Growth Mindset and Transparency with Tim Jackson
This week we are thrilled to feature Tim Jackson our podcast. Tim Jackson is the President and CEO of SHAD Canada, uplifting the next generation to be equipped with resources and knowledge to solve the world's problems. In addition, he has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology startups, Vice President at the University of Waterloo, and Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. Tim Jackson has also chaired several boards such as The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, and the Centre in the Square Theatre. Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about growth mindset and transparency.
46:35 11/10/21
Take a Chance with Danielle Baxter
This week we are thrilled to feature Danielle Baxter on our podcast.   Danielle Baxter is the CEO and Co-Founder of BinoBooks, a customizable literacy platform that provides personalized e-storybooks for parents and their children in the pre-k to grade 2 age range. The purpose is to create stories as conversation starters on complex but crucial topics. Danielle Baxter is also a recent environmental science graduate with a passion for visual storytelling and entrepreneurship.  Tune into this week’s episode to learn more about taking chances.
30:47 11/3/21
Relentless Pursuit of Success with Anya Cheng
This week we are thrilled to feature Anya Cheng on our podcast.   Anya Cheng is the CEO and founder of Taelor, an AI-powered menswear rental subscription startup in Silicon Valley providing the service of helping men stand out without the effort and commitment of purchasing. Previously in her career, Anya Cheng had been a Global Software Product Management and Marketing Executive. She has led Product Managers, Engineers, UX/UI Designers, Data Scientists, and Marketers for Fortune 500 companies launching innovative products. She is also a Mentor at 500 startups, a top accelerator in Silicon Valley, author of a best-selling career book, a TEDx talk speaker, and named in Girls in Tech 40 under 40 list.  You can now receive your Taelor subscription exclusively with the coupon code: YOUNGPRENEUR and get your first month free!   Tune in to this week's episode to learn more about pursuing the path towards success.
42:28 10/27/21
Unleash Your Inner Genius with Scott Steward
This week we are thrilled to feature Scott Steward on our podcast.   Scott Steward is the Founder and CEO of Genius Lab. Genius Lab has an exemplary mission of exposing the youth to the possibilities of learning and exploring their inner greatness to think boldly in achieving accomplishments. Scott Steward encompasses over 30 years of business experience working with Fortune 500 companies and has taught business and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. He aims to empower the next generation of business leaders to create an impact globally.  Tune into this week's episode to learn more about the significance of unleashing your inner genius. 
42:49 10/20/21