FastStart will host CBC TV’s newest dragon from Dragon’s Den Next Gen as part of free E-Connect event to inspire young entrepreneurs.
Nicole Verkindt, founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange) and also a CBC news panelist on the business show The Exchange, will speak in Peterborough on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Market Hall.
Highlighting the importance of disruptive thinking, technology, innovation, and women’s roles in business, Verkindt stresses to audiences that the key to success lies in the ability to ignore being told “no” over and over again.
Verkindt also believes in the role of entrepreneurs to grow the economy and help solve global issues. She launched OMX in 2012, when she
was only 27 years old. The online platform is the only one in the world to manage obligations government contractors have to invest in local economies, a policy called “offsets.” The platform is a powerful online marketplace with users from the world’s top defence, aerospace, shipbuilding sectors, and tens of thousands of local suppliers around the world. The platform also generates data analytics to help governments understand economic impacts of procurement decisions.
Prior to founding OMX, Verkindt launched Tiburon in 2008, an offshore manufacturing business in the Dominican Republic, which sold shelter components to government contractors during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It was also during this time that Haiti experienced their devastating earthquake. She reacted by founding the non-profit organization GlassFrog, which provided aid to the torn nation.
Verkindt graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a specialization in International Political Science and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, she worked for Big Media Group out of Belgium, and was stationed on international projects consulting with governments and international industry looking to target foreign investment.
Verkindt’s talk will take place at Market Hall from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 9. Tickets are free and are available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/e-connect-with-nicole-verkindt-tickets-31135939433
The FastStart Peterborough entrepreneurship program, for youth aged 18-29, is a partnership between Fleming College, Trent University and the Innovation Cluster.