Nominated for the award: Entrepreneurship and Business
Company: Startup Fashion Week
Position: Founder / Executive Producer
Biography: After experiencing the ups and downs of launching a fashion-tech startup Jodi realized the need for an innovative event platform that would recognize and support the most promising Canadian fashion / fashion-tech startups. She launched Startup Fashion Week in 2014 wearing many hats as an executive producer from sourcing talent to raising sponsorship and programming events that would really focus on economic development and growth for Canadian fashion startups. She has mentored various entrepreneurs and to date has also been an invited speaker talking about entrepreneurship at George Brown College, the Ivy School of Business at Western U, U of T and as a guest keynote in Las Vegas at the Stitch Factory. Jodi's selfless commitment to empowering Canadian entrepreneurs has led to the success of many. To date Jodi's efforts producing Startup Fashion Week have featured 120 emerging models, 32 emerging Designers, 18 fashion-tech startups, 12 wearable tech startups and over 75 notable industry guests who have provided key insights as speakers at Canada's only Business of Fashion Conference during SFW. She has had a tremendous impact on the startup fashion ecosystem in Canada.