The Startup Zone Team
The Startup Zone Team
As a startup advisor and mentor for several businesses, Patrick has helped launch and foster several social startups, leading efforts in raising millions in financing.
Attending Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden, the top school in the world for research on Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Patrick conducted research on developing long-standing businesses.
His experience and love for start-ups pull him towards other ventures that bring added value to the Canadian economy through business creation and employment.
Drawing on startup experiences, he’s inspired to enhance the support and training of ambitious entrepreneurs. This has led him to the Startup Zone, a business incubator that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
Erin graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland 2011 and promptly started working for a small local business where she learned about the trials and tribulations a small company faces.
She found her passion for business and operations during this time and then moved on to become the General Manager of a GoodLife Fitness club in St. John’s, NL. When she moved to PEI in the summer of 2018, she decided she wanted to get back into the small business and entrepreneurship head space.
Erin is excited to contribute to the growing community of the Startup Zone, and welcomes the new adventure.
Acting Operations Manager
Sarah moved to PEI from Germany last year after finishing her graduate studies with a focus on psychology and statistics. As a graduate student she has worked at the Max Planck Institute, where she spent the majority of her time reaching out to the community to find participants for a variety of studies. When she moved to PEI in 2019, she started working as a Program Consultant for CHANCES Inc., an island non-profit that provides parent support services to children and their families. As a consultant, she liaised with the provincial government, and was always on the lookout for new funding opportunities. She likes to never stop growing and learning and teaches herself programming and web design in her free time. Sarah is passionate about organising and planning and has experience working in a variety of work settings. Regardless of the setting, her greatest passion is connecting with people and helping others achieve their goals. Sarah is very excited to bring this passion to the Startup Zone community.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Rachel discovered her passion for event coordination and promotion through her previous role as a General Manager of multiple small businesses on the Island.
With strong organizational and leadership skills, Rachel has also brought her expertise to positions on numerous national nonprofits including TEDx, Jack.org, and Indigo Girls Group. She has an extensive background in working on large-scale events, with previous roles including Volunteer & Delegates Manager for the third-largest TEDx conference in the country, and Logistics Coordinator for the Eastern Ontario Jack.org Summit. As a passionate mental health advocate, Rachel was selected in 2019 as one of 200 Canadian youth to attend the National Jack.org Summit in Toronto. She is also currently furthering her education by pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.
Rachel is excited to bring key insights on small businesses, nonprofits, and event coordination to Startup Zone, and PEI’s entrepreneurial community!
Startup Services Coordinator
Molly graduated from Oakland University in 2016 with a major in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in French. She discovered her love for working in an office setting through her various experiences in administrative roles, and since graduating has actively sought these opportunities.
Originally from Michigan, Molly moved to the island in 2018 to get married and has lived here since. She previously worked as a receptionist for the PEI International Business Centre, and is very excited to work in another environment that enriches the small business community.
Molly is looking forward to learning more about the entrepreneurial experience and lending her assistance in helping the Startup Zone run smoothly.