Remove the usual obstacles — grades, degrees and work experience.
Reward ingenuity and accelerate the pace at which a good idea becomes a business reality."
- Ryan Holmes, TNBT Co-Founder in The Financial Post
Financial support has no strings attached.
Quite simply, this means no equity or shares are required by the foundation in return.
At Dojos, creative kids between 5 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run and taught by volunteers.
In addition to learning to code, members meet like-minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and develop valuable leadership skills.
To re-imagine success, growth & learning.
To create opportunities for future leaders to shine.
No degree? Or maybe you dropped-out?
Don't worry, you're in the same boat as Mark Zuckerberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Hawk, Angelina Jolie, Walt Disney, Oprah, David Geffen, Richard Branson, James Cameron & JayZ.
We're not interested in your GPA, we're interested in your world changing ideas. We love betas and prototypes, less so decks or business plans.
Drop us a line at partners@WeAreTNBT.com to get involved.
Ryan grew up in Vernon, British Columbia, with no electricity. Starting into entrepreneurship early at 16 he started his own paintball field; and by 23 he owned his own pizza restaurant.
After dropping out of college, Ryan founded Invoke Media, a company specializing in the construction of websites and the business that ultimately lead to HootSuite’s creation in late 2008.
Ryan has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 400 staff in offices in Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Singapore. HootSuite is used by the likes of Facebook, the Obama administration, HBO, Martha Stewart Media, Virgin Group, SXSW, Panasonic, Zappos & The Gap.
Ryan is a Linkedin Influencer who has received countless awards including Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award as well as frequently being quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal or called upon to speak at TEDx and SxSW.
An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Ryan partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.
Meredith started out with a successful career in the film industry, then founded three brand management and business strategy agencies in the fast-paced fashion industry, opening showrooms across the US & Canada, all before the age of 27.
Seven years later, Meredith had made LA her second home and earned platinum frequent flyer status working with clients around the world including H&M, Saks and Urban Outfitters, sat front row at New York Fashion Week, dressed the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker & Julia Roberts and garnered editorial in the NY Times, InStyle & Vogue.
Meredith is the Creator of women’s speaker series, Founders Collective, a dedicated tech startup mentor, founding Advisory Board member to RAW Beauty Talks, and seed investor to multiple women-founded businesses.
With deep global experience leading trends & scaling brands rapidly from zero to millions of dollars in revenue, she's built her career on spreading ideas and knowing "The Next Big Thing" when she sees it.
Every year, Marc and Craig organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event attended by 160,000 students from 4,000 schools. We Day also reaches more than 5.7 million tv viewers and has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.
Marc is author of 11 books. He has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons, including former president Bill Clinton, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson, among many more.
Mr. Ruffolo is the Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS.
OMERS Ventures invests in early to late stage companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sectors. In addition, he is also the Senior Managing Director, Innovation, with OMERS Strategic Investments.
Mr. Ruffolo serves as board chair of MMM Group Ltd., and is a board member at HootSuite. In addition, he is chair of Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s Government Relations Committee and a member of its Executive Committee.
He serves as a board member and committee chair at numerous organizations inc the David Suzuki Foundation, Communitech, & the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).
Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Mr. Ruffolo was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, the Global Tax Leader and the Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice.
A chartered accountant, Mr. Ruffolo was formerly a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP and has also spent time as an instructor for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and York University’s Schulich School of Business, from which he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.
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