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Success Story of the Month – Tawny Autumn

What do you do?

I own The Toronto Funding Forum, which connects startups with investors. We provide the resources, guidance, and platforms for entrepreneurs to connect with investors and scale.  I also own Media Empires, a startup academy.  At Media Empires, we have consulted 20+ startups in downtown Toronto since 2012. We also run a series of business acceleration programs for entrepreneurs that have been featured at The Centre for Social Innovation, the University of Toronto, Youth Employment Services, and The Elevating Entrepreneurs Program.

The greatest success story of your career?

It was launching the startup academy. I won a business plan competition and received a grant to start Media Empires. It gave the business concept so much validation! From there, we were able to bring on brand name clients. And now, it has grown to include The Toronto Funding Forum.

What’s your motivation?

My motivation is helping entrepreneurs to change the world.

Advice for other Hip Hausers?

Network with a purpose. Ask everyone you meet in life “How can I help?”

Favorite Motivational/Success Quote

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.


Tawny also created ‘The Startup Toolkit’ – an epic list of cost-effective tools used by her clients and herself to run their businesses every day. Check it out!