Capital Ideas: Is your business ready to launch?

Join us as we welcome Craig Pearce, co-founder of DaycareIQ, Joel Olandesca, co-founder of SOS Charging Solutions and Melissa Gunning, CEO and founder of Wean Green to discuss how they got their businesses off the ground.
Tickets are free, and a light lunch will be served. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the event starts shortly after noon.

ATB_Business_white_May9 Special thanks to ATB Business for making this event possible.

CraigPearcesmallCraig Pearce, co-founder of DaycareIQ @Daycareiq

The idea for DaycareIQ came from a real need when the co-founders both became new dads and started to research child care. They found that the process of finding childcare was outdated. Until DaycareIQ came around, there wasn’t even an online map where all child care centres would be listed. Brandon and Craig decided to use those sleepless nights to try and build a better way for parents to find that perfect child care centre. After about a year in business, DaycareIQ has expanded and offers many tools for child care operators and parents to connect like never before. We hope to one day provide services to all child care centres in Canada who care for an estimated 1 million children everyday.


JoelOlandescasmallJoel Olandesca, co-founder of SOS Charging Solutions @TakeChargeSOS

Joel Olandesca, with extensive experience in design, finances, and mobile technology, created and co-founded SOS Charging Solutions. SOS is a company focused on helping everyone stay connected by having easy, simple access to mobile device charging. The company started in 2013 and has grown to provide their solutions all across North America. They have had the privilege of working with many events such as the Banff World Media Festival, The Grey Cup, and I Heart Radio. SOS has also worked with various clients such as: members of The International Special Events Society, MGM Grand, San Diego Zoo, and more. Being firm believers of giving back to their city, SOS Charging Solutions also loves to support causes that are close to their hearts, in and around Calgary.


MelissaGunningsmallMelissa Gunning, CEO & founder of Wean Green @weangreen

Melissa Gunning is the founder of Wean Green, mother of two daughters, former school teacher and a hard-working business woman who travels around the world to continue the growth of her business. With the birth of her second daughter, Melissa found it surprising that there were still no tempered glass food containers designed to hold baby food on the market so she set off to create the product herself. Over many years and with a hardworking team Melissa expanded the product selection from 1 to 10 and growing products! The company has grown to a global brand and the products can be purchased in many retailers such as Toys R Us, Whole Foods, The Container Store and many more. Melissa is no stranger to the importance of a supportive network to balance her busy lifestyle.