Founding Reflections

From Goldman Sachs to Founding VFC

Reflecting on the inception of Venture for Canada, I recognize it as a pivotal chapter in my life.

Young Scott

At 22 years old, after a year at Goldman Sachs, I deeply desired to align my career with my passion for impact. Growing up in a family of community-focused entrepreneurs in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, I developed a deep appreciation for entrepreneurial skills. Recognizing a significant gap in their development within the Canadian ecosystem, I was determined to fill it by creating a platform to cultivate these skills among young Canadians. Thus, I founded VFC.

The early days of founding VFC were fraught with challenges, notably in fundraising and establishing credibility. However, these hurdles underscored the importance of resilience and the power of a supportive community.

Advice to Younger Scott

If I could advise my younger self, it would be to trust the process. The path of social entrepreneurship is fraught with uncertainties, but every challenge is a stepping stone towards greater impact. Keep your values at the core of your mission, and let that guide you through the ebbs and flows of creating change.

Advice to Young Canadians

To the young Canadians who look towards the future with anticipation and trepidation: embrace every opportunity to learn, grow, and make a meaningful difference. Venture forth with courage, for the skills you develop today will shape the Canada of tomorrow