Founder Spotlight: Jennae Gedeon of Eco Eats — Not your ordinary food sales app!
In this article, we explore how a visionary mind focuses on her success path, how Ecoeats works, and how you can get involved!
This month, our team had an amazing opportunity to shadow Jennae Gedeon around for a few days in the City of Vancouver. We learned about the process of building Ecoeats, an up and coming top company of our generation! Ecoeats holds one of VenturX’s core values which is impact, and they do it one bite at a time! The more we got to know Jennae, the easier it was to to see why this visionary was the right leader to drive Eco Eats’ purpose and share it with the masses!
It all began in October when Jennae entered the Youth Biis Start-up Program where she completed the incubator program in downtown Vancouver in December 2016. Since then, Jennae founded Eco Eats and has made great strides, in build lasting partnerships for the Metro Vancouver hub and witness the tech development take off with the help of Red Academy and BCIT ISSP program all leading up to a solid foundation for launch this fall.
Phil, one of Youth Biis SFU teacher/business mentor describes how this founder is different from those entering the program in the past.
“[Jennae is] energetic, passionate and knows what she wants. This is usually a sign of a very effective person because she works back to the goals she sets. She has a destination…very visionary!” — Philippe, Youth Biis Start-up Program
Tell us about your company
Eco Eats app connects people to grocery stores and restaurants with healthy food reaching its best before date. What’s amazing is the perception of date and quality is completely being redefined; as the food is completely good and it’s just about letting more people know about it and providing them with better opportunities to pick it up. To me, we connect missed relationships in the community so people become each other’s answers to eat, live and thrive. In today’s world, there is a massive problem within the food waste chain and we’ve found unique collaboration channels to make the world a better place.
What is the next big milestone?
The next milestone is preparing for the pilot. The pilot consists of the minimum viable product (mvp) connects groceries stores to consumers and charities in the Metro Vancouver area. Come back to check out our website to see if your favorite restaurant or grocery store made it on the list after our launch this Fall 2017!
What does a typical week look like for this founder?
Morning, starting 7am:
- Wakes up to respond to emails
- Product meetings to focus on transitioning prototype to MVP
- Trains new team members
- Lead partnership and strategy meetings with mentors, colleagues, and partners
- Create Google docs to hand over info to product & strategy teams
- Create infographics to bring to meetings to adapt to visual learners (they look great!)
- 15 mins to review and update the tasks for the following day
- Updates timeline of short term goals, replies to emails
- Prepares for long term goals, such as partner relationships
One thing that we noticed that made Jennae very focused as a leader was her organization skills. She always had a notebook with her to write things! What a great habit for all founders to adopt!
“No matter what the future holds, this is something I am very passionate about and will always be a part of me!” –Jennae Gedeon