Having started her career in television working for an MMA fight show and other various creative agencies as an editor, Lisa realized that she wanted to spend her life doing something positive that had a tangible impact on the community. In 2010, she quit her successful editing career, founded Growing City and never looked back.
Now an award-winning entrepreneur, Lisa von Sturmer has founded and co-founded two companies in the past 3 years. An active advocate for youth entrepreneurship, Lisa is a Canadian Delegate for the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit where delegates from each G20 nation come together in tandem with the G20 to discuss policies governments can implement to encourage entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment.
She also spends time speaking to youth groups and students on how to create businesses they love and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Lisa is also passionate about volunteering - and has made it a part of her company’s operations. Each month Growing City donates time, service or compost to a different local organization or charity. Under her direction, the company has grown over 100% in the past year and she is excited to continue bringing composting and recycling across the country!
Lisa also wrote Pitching to Win, a workbook designed to help those looking to pitch on Dragons’ Den or Shark Tank create deal-worthy pitches. Click here to learn more!
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In addition to running Growing City, Lisa is passionate about volunteering and fundraising. In 2010 she co-founded Pinups for Pink, a breast cancer research charity that has raised $60,000 since October of that year.
She has won the:
2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s National Best Green Business award
2010 Small Business BC’s Best Business Concept award
She has been nominated for:
a 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction Sustainability award
a 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Entrepreneurship award
a 2011 Profit Magazine FUEL Top 20 Under 30 Canadian Entrepreneurs award
a 2011 Notables.ca Notable Entrepreneur award
a 2011 RBC Women Entrepreneur Award
a 2011 CYBF Chairman’s Award
She is also an official Canadian delegate for the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit where she will work with other leading young entrepreneurs from G20 nations to create a policy proposal for governments to help encourage youth entrepreneurship as a way for countries to stabilize and grow their economies.
Lisa is a member of the 2012 Forum for Women Entrepreneurs prestigious e-Series program, and was recently accepted into the exclusive Entrepreneur’s Organization Accelerator program.