Finalists 2019 Tease Tea Founders Fund
Yara Kamal, Founder & CEO of Scoria World
Yara is a yoga teacher, a designer and an adventure seeker. After feeling like her creative expression was put in a box, Yara reconnected with child-like qualities of play, creativity and imagination for inspiration. At 23, Yara founded Scoria World, a sustainable wellness & yoga lifestyle products celebrating the true self. Focusing on eco-conscious artist cork yoga mats, Scoria inspires others to unleash their imagination as well as give back through meal-giving per purchase. The goal for Yara became to build a brand that focuses on a culture of rediscovering playfulness & lost creativity as grown ups.
Sheri Allian, Founder & Chief Lizard at Codezilla Kids
Sheri is the Founder and Chief Lizard of Codezilla, a fast-growing ed-tech company that introduces children ages 4-14+ to important STEM and coding skills. Codezilla has delivered "educational fun" to 1600+ children across 30 schools in Toronto since its first pilot program 2.5 years ago; its approachable curriculum is often inspired by Sheri's two young daughters. Codezilla is super proud to employ a diverse team of awesome, passionate tech instructors. When Sheri's not on email or Slack, she can be found enjoying a business book and a cup of tea!
Heather Abbey, CEO & Co-Founder of Indig Inc.
Heather Abbey is an award winning Cree entrepreneur from Little Pine First Nation.
She is the driving force behind Indig Inc. - an online business platform and marketplace
for Indigenous Artisans and small business owners. Indig Inc is the first Indigenous
Venture to be accepted into the Canadian Technology Accelerator.
Heather is an accomplished Entrepreneur that shares her captivating journey as a
female Indigenous Tech entrepreneur at events across North America. She is the proud recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Startup Canada National Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the YWCA Young Woman of Distinction
Award, and has won startup capital in fifteen business competitions to start her
Heather enjoys spending time with her family, and connecting with and supporting
other Indigenous Entrepreneurs. She is currently in hosting her first international Indig
Inc Delegation in Tokyo, Japan.
Melanie Ang, Founder of Backcountry Wok
Melanie is an environmental scientist, an outdoor enthusiast and the founder of Backcountry Wok. After spending weeks at a time in the backcountry, she became frustrated with the plastic waste in camping meals. She created Canada’s first 100% compostable, multi-cultural and nutritious dehydrated meals. She is on a mission to reduce food waste (by sourcing ingredients that would otherwise go to waste) and make eating in the outdoors more eco-friendly and inclusive, one compostable bag at a time!
Karen Danudjaja and Ella Dalling, Co-Founders of Blume
Ella and Karen met three years ago. It was a fall day. The air was crisp and their pints were full at a local Vancouver pub. Brought together by a mutual friend, the two instantly connected over good beer and bad boyfriends. That night, although both felt a connection, they stumbled away from each other, unsure if they would ever meet again. Which brings us to July 1st 2017. Three years later they would reconnect on a camping trip. They sat on an inflatable lounger, Tuesday, Ella's dog, sprawled across their laps, talking about dreams, ambitions and now ex-boyfriends. After a few 'Dude, no I love you mores,' the pair's friendship was solidified and celebrated with Hey Y'alls. Blume is our love child, born from highs and lows, pints and starry night brainstorming. We want Blume to support a lifestyle that is open, vibrant and lived fully.