About Us

Why does Canada need SilverSTART? 

According to a recent RBC study, 42 percent of business owners are boomers. Almost double the 24 percent owned by millennials. We call you Silver Starters.

While there are many reasons someone over 50 starts thinking about starting a business, we hear these three most commonly:

  1. Older workers are often the first to get laid off and then can’t find a new job
  2. It’s time to go for that long-held entrepreneurial dream
  3. The desire to use their experience to give back in some way

As experienced entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges and the joys of creating and growing a business. We also see that for Silver Starters, there is little to no support. That’s why we created SilverSTART, a learning community, and a support network for seniorpreneurs.

We get your reasons for starting a business. We understand that you may have different goals than younger entrepreneurs. And we respect and know how to leverage the skills you bring to the table. We also know that finding purpose in what you do will bring you joy.

Our mission is to redefine entrepreneurial culture to be inclusive of older entrepreneurs, support your drive for purpose and legacy over 10x growth and exit strategy, and create a learning environment and network that is as dynamic and engaged as you are.

Tim Bramwell

Tim is a dynamic and creative technology business management professional with 20+ years of experience in the technology sector. Are you looking for expertise in web-based and enterprise software? How about online application design, development processes, and technology planning and implementation? Tim is the technology whisperer. He combines a strong entrepreneurial drive with a ‘can-do’ attitude and a collaborative approach to business and technical project management and strategic business planning.

Tim has worked for Microsoft, AT&T, and Ericsson, as well as (co-)founding several businesses. He has a broad, global perspective on customer-facing project management, marketing operations, developing solid teams, and developing strategic alliances. “Technology is not an option for your business, it’s a MUST have. Figuring it out, making it all work together so that you can focus on what you do best is what I do best.”

Karyn Zuidinga

Karyn is an expert at translating business strategy into digital action. For more than two decades, she has helped organizations create, redesign, and innovate new digital products and services. Karyn has a reputation for asking great questions, filtering the silence from the noise, and rapidly identifying impactful digital opportunities. As founder and CEO of Analytic Design Group, she helped several prominent organizations evolve their offering, including AT&T, Adobe, Amazon, Samsung, and the Government of BC.

Along with being the co-host of the Positive Turbulence Podcast, Karyn brings experience in such diverse fields as journalism, waste management, and biology. “You’d be surprised at how those diverse experiences give me insight others don’t see.”

Think you might be a Silver Starter? Take our quiz and see where you fit in.