The next generation of entrepreneurs with Renjie Butalid, Associate Director @ Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

September 1, 2017

On this week’s show, we spoke with Renjie Butalid, Associate Director @ McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. Renjie Butalid is an award-winning entrepreneur whose work lies at the intersection of technology startups, social innovation, and cross-sector civic engagement. In his current role, he oversees the Centre’s entrepreneurship and mentorship programs including the McGill Lean Startup Program, the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator.

Prior to joining McGill, Renjie was Head of Global Expansion for the NYC-based startup NextDayBetter, a global storytelling platform for diaspora communities. Renjie led the growth of NextDayBetter’s presence from 2 cities in 2013, to 9 cities across 4 countries in 2015. Previously, Renjie was also Director of Ventures at Igniter, a digital and social innovation agency.

In 2012, Renjie was named top 40 Under 40 by the Waterloo Region Record. In 2013, Renjie was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. He is also a member of the Banff Forum.

We spoke about:

  • His path from entrepreneur to leading one of the most important entrepreneurship programs
  • Dobson Centre’s impact so far: 125 active startups, 2.6K McGill entrepreneurs trained and $100M raised by their startups to date
  • Why he’s excited about the future of entrepreneurship
  • The Dobson Centre’s four core programs
  • The plans for the $2M they recently raised

Renjie is soft-spoken and super smart. I didn’t know the depth and breadth of the Dobson Centre’s activities. I hope you enjoy show.

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