Job Posting: Global Sales Associate


About the Position

About Us:

Empowered Startups is a Global Startup Incubator, Accelerator, and Foundry with a diverse and expansive portfolio of international relationships and businesses. This role is 100 percent focused on selling unique global mobility pathways through specific jurisdictions rooted in entrepreneurship, innovation, and research projects to customers worldwide.

Position Overview:

We are seeking an energetic, qualified, and results-driven Global Sales Associate to join our dynamic global team! In this role you will sell an exclusive range of innovative business Startup and global mobility products to prospects around the world. As a Global Sales Associate at Empowered Startups, you will work both independently and as part of team. Most importantly, we’re seeking a team member who is coachable, embodies the growth mindset, has strong communication and organization skills, and is driven to meet revenue targets.

The role utilizes an online pan-global digital work environment that requires ongoing communication with international clients and requires a full time yet flexible work schedule.

Responsibilities and Duties:

• Receive and proactively engage with leads in a timely and meaningful manner.

• Maintain in-depth knowledge of specific products and be able to clearly communicate to customers the delivered value.

• Evaluate leads and follow processes to move through the sales funnel effectively and efficiently.

• Actively engage in companywide systems that manage all sales funnels.

• Meet revenue targets based on closing deals with high-income earning customers.

• Participate meaningfully in ongoing discussions regarding insights, product evolution, sales strategies, and targets.

• Weekly reporting to the leadership team on sales funnel and items of note.


• Bachelor’s degree and/or 2+ years of sales-related or relevant experience.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills both written and verbal.

• Comfortable using digital technology and Microsoft systems.

• Desire to work independently while also able to collaborate with a dynamic global team.

• Lateral thinker with a growth mindset and is driven to meet targets.


Commiserate with experience. Commitment: Full-Time.


Downtown Vancouver, Canada. Work-from-homers and digital nomads are welcome if the discipline and fit is right.


[email protected]

Deadline to Apply:

Hiring immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

We appreciate everyone that applies however will only be contacting shortlisted candidates for first and second round interviews.


The Alberta Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now known as the the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Alberta Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now known as the the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Alberta Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now known as the the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream!

What exactly is this program?

The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is an immigration program that nominates talented and qualified foreign educated graduates from outside Canada for permanent residence when they start-up an innovative business in Alberta. The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is a collaboration between the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) and approved designated agencies (that’s us).

Alberta is a fantastic home for Oil & Gas tech start-ups, crypto-currency and crypto adjacent innovation, agriculture tech entrepreneurship, software development, mining tech, fintech, environmental start-ups & more!

What is the eligibility criteria for this program?

  • Minimum of 6 months full-time work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalent (equivalencies are work experience with business incubator or business accelerator).
  • Completion of a degree from a post-secondary institution outside of Canada with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • The degree needs to have been completed within the last 10 years at the time of EOI submission
  • A business plan with projected financials. Refer to the Business Plan Guidelines.
  • A 10-minute presentation (slides only) that outlines the proposed business venture and focuses on what an investor would want to see.
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 5 for each English language skill or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 5 for each French language skill: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Must have a minimum of 34% ownership if the business is located in an urban centre or a minimum of 51% ownership if located in regional area outside Calgary and Edmonton
  • A minimum level of investment from candidate’s (or spouse or common-law partner) own equity or from a recognized Canadian financial institution, venture capital, or angel investment firm prior to coming to Alberta.
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from an AAIP-approved designated agency (that’s us)
  • Candidates must demonstrate that they have the funds needed to set up their business and support themselves while they are on a work permit and launching their start-up.

Can I apply if I’m already in Canada or own a business in Canada?

Yes! If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can indeed qualify for this program! Foreign graduates who currently own and operate a business in Alberta can apply to the AAIP as a pathway for permanent residency. They must demonstrate they meet the criteria highlighted in the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream Points Grid and Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream mandatory minimums grid at the time of EOI submission. The established business must have operated in Alberta for at least one year immediately prior to submitting an EOI in the AAIP portal.

Are there businesses that don’t qualify for the program?

Ineligible businesses include:

  • any business in contravention of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations – for example, immigration-linked investment schemes or passive investment
  • businesses without a value-add economic component, including:
    • pay day loan, cheque cashing and related businesses
    • businesses trading in used goods
  • businesses that would be considered passive investment or lack active management, including: insurance brokerage or business brokerage
  • project based or seasonal businesses
  • home-based businesses, including:
    • businesses that are not zoned for commercial or industrial operations
    • bed-and-breakfasts and lodging houses
  • businesses that are part of a succession plan
  • businesses involved in producing, distributing or selling pornography or sexually explicit products or services, or providing sexually oriented services
  • any other type of business that by association would tend to bring the AAIP and the Government of Alberta into disrepute, in the opinion of and as determined by the AAIP

If you’re interested in learning more about the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream or request more information here!

Read About The ‘Bitcoin Family’ Who Emigrated to Portugal for its 0% Tax on Cryptocurrencies – From CNBC

Read About The ‘Bitcoin Family’ Who Emigrated to Portugal for its 0% Tax on Cryptocurrencies – From CNBC

It’s not often we throw out a “We told you so,” but in this case we did! Have a look at this article coming out of CNBC this past weekend about how a family of cryptocurrency investors moved to Portugal due to their favorable taxation structure.

The article highlights:

Unlike the U.S., which treats virtual currency as property, taxing it in a manner similar to stocks or real property, Portugal views cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. That distinction is a game-changer with respect to taxes.

“Capital gains resulting from crypto transactions such as cashing out and crypto-to-crypto trades are not subject to personal income taxes,” explained Shehan Chandrasekera, a CPA and head of tax strategy at crypto tax software company

This means that gains from buying or selling cryptocurrency, as with other fiat currencies, are not taxed. It also means that crypto transactions or payments, as well as the exchange of bitcoin for fiat money, are not subject to a value-added tax, or VAT.”

Read the full article from CNBC Here for more information! 

Select here to sign up to receive more information about Portugal’s HQA Visa, which is a great fit for crypto investors looking to invest in a startup or start a new venture while also maintaining their crypto portfolio!

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The Globe & Mail: Our Founder’s Thoughts On The New Normal

The Globe & Mail: Our Founder’s Thoughts On The New Normal

In late 2021,  The Globe & Mail asked executives of Canada’s Top Growing Companies to tell them how they’re preparing for an eventual return to normal. Our Founder, Paul Girodo was one of those executives.

Thought Leadership on “The New Normal” from Paul Girodo

“I’m concerned that companies and governments will pursue “return to normal” by expanding the consumption model loved by past generations. Clearly the world is no longer “normal.” How companies manufacture everything from energy to food to clothing to kids’ toys must change immediately.

Businesses and governments have helped create the climate crisis, but they also hold the power to quickly address it through regulatory capitalism.

My personal vision for worldwide sustainability features a business environment where companies and entrepreneurs make significantly more money from protecting, improving and promoting the natural environment than from doing the opposite. The right mix of capitalism and government legislation can save and protect ecosystems throughout the world while creating substantially more jobs than could be realized through aggressive natural resource uses.

If we “return to normal,” then humans will ultimately live in pain and conflict, and on borrowed time.”

For more information on Empowered Startups, or to apply for any of our programs visit

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Job Posting: Start-Up Leader

Based in Vancouver (Canada), we mentor, accelerate and incubate innovative domestic and global business ideas. We work with both aspiring and driven entrepreneurial leaders capable of building outstanding startups that enhance the prosperity of the chosen ecosystem.

At the heart of it all, we deliver proven and powerful training, tools, mentorship and networking that leverages a state-of-the-art digital learning and workspace, paired with ongoing in-person and collaborative opportunity and workspace.

Job Overview

We are looking for an experienced entrepreneur or intrapreneur, and/or individual with proven business experience to join our Startup Leader team and actively mentor, coach, monitor and connect a dynamic and diverse group of transnational entrepreneurs in our Startup Visa Incubator.

As a Startup Leader your focus will be on assisting founders navigate their startup journey in Canada using a Lean Startup approach, while leveraging both a digital and in-person workspace. This means road-mapping and mentoring ventures ranging from ideation stage through till early scaling. Specific jobs to be done include supporting founders through validation experiments, prototyping, asset development, initial offer building, and aligning and connecting founders to key partners within Empowered Startups extensive network.  Supporting the continued growth and opportunity to be found within our network, will also be critical.

On a daily basis you will also be responsible for assisting in tracking Empowered Startups’ Vancouver based incubator’s portfolio of active ventures, and maintaining up-to-date reporting on all venture activity to be shared regularly with the leadership team and other requesting bodies.

Your goal is to ensure high quality and timely coaching, mentorship and networking is being delivered to all ventures in the incubator providing all founders with the best chance at success with their startup in Canada.

The ideal candidate will be a project oriented, self-leader who can pro-actively problem solve and identify jobs-to-be-done.  You should enjoy working in a multi-cultural landscape, love to coach and connect people, and be driven to seek out success for both yourself and others.

To Apply, Please Send a Copy of your Resume To: [email protected]

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Organize and execute welcome and strategic planning sessions for incoming founders
  • Effectively coach and mentor all assigned ventures through a Lean startup framework during a two year incubation period
  • Build and maintain a regular and timely mentorship schedule using both our digital and in-person workspace
  • Maintain up-to-date reporting on all ventures progress
  • Support and finalize academic research deals
  • Help founders effectively utilize Empowered’s network of business, research and prototyping affiliates
  • Actively contribute to the growth of Empowered’s network
  • Provide recommendations and support to founders in building business updates as requested by concerned bodies
  • Discover and implement ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of job-to-be-done within the incubator
  • Support ongoing development of expanded and cutting-edge curriculum and events
  • Keep senior leadership informed with detailed and accurate reporting


  • A post-secondary degree
  • Proven track record in business leadership, intrapreneurship, and/or entrepreneurship
  • Experience Coaching, mentoring and/or facilitating
  • Experience and/or deep passion working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Desire to learn, and love for system implementation and project management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Thrive in a dynamic environment with a high level of responsibility
  • Self-leader and problem solver
  • Able to work full time in our office space in downtown Vancouver, Canada

 To Apply

To Apply, Please Send a Copy of your Resume To: [email protected]


How to Choose Your Business Incubator – Canada Start-Up Visa

How to Choose Your Business Incubator – Canada Start-Up Visa

There are a lot of business incubators out there. For a small sample, you can view the list of all of the Government of Canada Designated Business Incubators here. The number of incubators worldwide has been steadily growing over the past few years, and it’s easy to understand why. Having mentorship and access to an experienced team at your fingertips when you start a business can make all the difference in terms of success – Not to mention the connections and knowledge of government resources and grants that come with being a part of an incubator.

So how do you choose the right one to work with?

One thing that should be noted is that not all incubators are created equally. It’s extremely important to consider your business and personal needs when deciding which incubator best suits you.

Below is a small list of things to consider:

Support & Programming. Sure, a cool space and a great office vibe is valuable, and everyone loves free snacks and a coffee bar…but do vibes grow a business? Make sure that the incubator you choose has the ability to support you and will work with you to grow your business – not just act as a cool space for networking events. Make sure you have access to a mentor, that the program is tailored to support you specifically, that the incubator team is communicative, that the programming is interesting, and that the incubation can be tailored to fit your needs.

Competing Priorities. Most of us have many competing priorities. It’s important that when you do your evaluation of startup incubation programs that you take note of your needs in terms of flexibility. Do you have family obligations? Do you have other businesses that you are active in? Perhaps you do charitable work, coach your kid’s soccer team every Tuesday & Thursday night, or have a side hustle that is helping pay the bills. Many accelerators and incubators have programming and events that are not tailored for people who travel, or those who need to maintain a delicate balance of personal and professional life. Always consider your competing priorities when making an incubation choice.

On the same topic, it’s important to note “cohort” timing. Some business incubators do not offer rolling admission. Meaning that many business incubators have a hard start date for their programs. Make sure the date and timeframe of a cohort works for you 100%. If this is tough for you to work out, choose an incubator that has rolling admission rather than a fixed start date. That way you can start when you’re ready and do your best work.

Costs. The cost of business incubation programs varies greatly, and many have hidden costs associated. Though one program might appear initially to cost less, it is often not the case. Be sure to get the FULL picture of costs and what you will receive for those costs during the entire incubation period. Many business incubators offer an all-inclusive package that will consist of one larger cost paid in fixed or flexible installments, others will have module based pricing where the startup would pay a fixed cost for each mandatory module, some have equity-based programs, some have a hybrid. Be sure to be aware of this when you are receiving offers and ask questions.

One of the other cost considerations to be aware of is the cost for additional founders. Well established incubators will allow for more than one founder to participate in the program at no additional cost – This enables founders to split the incubation fees. At Empowered Startups, for example, we allow for up to 5 founders to incubate under one Canadian Startup Visa application at no additional fee. This enables more participants to experience the program and gain the insight and knowledge needed to be successful, and enables a team of founders (we know that sometimes it takes a village).

Location. Choose an incubator with a location that is beneficial to you. What ecosystem can support your business the best? In Canada for example, Vancouver & Toronto are known for producing unicorns – And have very strong networks for startups. A small search for Unicorns in 2021 will find heavy hitters with Canadian companies like Clearco, Unbounce, Wealth Simple, Slack, and Blocksteam at the top of the list. Alberta is also taking a run at becoming an emerging crypto & blockchain hub.

Some incubators will offer you the flexibility to incubate from anywhere. Empowered Startups, for example again, will allow you to incubate from anywhere in Canada. If you choose to spend your winters in Vancouver taking advantage of our network there and skiing in Whistler, and then spend your summers in Toronto taking advantage of our network there and enjoying some time at one of the lakes or cottages, that is something that we make possible.

Being accepted into a designated business incubator can be a game changer for growing your startup. These are just a few things to keep in mind, among others to keep in mind while you’re looking for the best fit. Nobody wants to join the wrong incubator, and find it a colossal waste of time and energy.

About Empowered Startups

Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions. Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs. To apply for the Canada Startup Visa Program, visit: