**20+ years** Digital Strategist, Sales, Marketing, Branding, Digital Creative Director, Product Specialist, Innovator, Entrepreneur & Speaker.
Hi, I am Sathish Bala. An award-winning serial entrepreneur with a track record for building profitable and impactful businesses. Since starting my career 25 years ago,
I have grown and exited 3 digital startups, sold over 50M in revenue, set up offices across Canada, India and Latin America.
In 2019, I launched Bala Group Inc. to support minority and female entrepreneurs in building socially impactful emerging technology solutions (blockchain, artificial- intelligence, IoT sensors, XR, biometrics, smart devices) to some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Since 2007, I have also been building DESIFEST, Canada's largest and longest-running running South Asian Music Festival. Since inception, we have raised over 2M in public/private funding, showcased over 500+ artists, hosted 50,000+ annual visitors and helped to unify the large diaspora of South Asian across Ontario. DESIFEST has become a staple event, bridging community from Canada to the US and across the world.
How can I help?
I started my first company while studying computer science at Ryerson. I wasn't a great student and I didn't want to settle for a 'regular' job once I graduated. This kicked off a 25-year entrepreneurial journey with 4 amazing companies I was fortunate to build and sell and on that journey, 100s of ideas that taught me more about myself than any school can.
As CEO of BlueBand Digital for 12 years (SOLD 2017), I helped clients across many industries, Retail, CPG, Auto, Finance, Sports & Entertainment, Cannabis, Not-For-Profit and Government. As the lead digital strategist, my focus was to help clients drive measurable results across their digital investments. Our solutions spanned across the web, mobile, social media, content development, experiential, eCommerce and more. Clients included Cadillac Fairview, McDonald's, Ford, Amex, Parmalat, Wrigley's, Fallsview Casino, Conagra, SAB Miller, Hot Wheels, Walmart, Terrascend and more. As CEO, I enjoyed building our marketing and sales channels, expanding from Toronto to Montreal, India, China and Costa Rica.
In 2018, I supported Ryerson University's new incubator, Science Discovery Zone. As co-founder of the incubator, I focused on helping science-based business ideas get to market. As their entrepreneur-in-residence, I coached over 100 start-ups from ideation to raising capital. During my time, we grew the program from 0 to over 40 companies, 150 members and a healthy network of mentors. During my time at Ryerson, I had the opportunity to travel and speak with entrepreneurs in Brazil and China.
In 2019, I started Bala Group Inc. as an incubator for early-stage startups led by new immigrants, minorities and females entrepreneurs. I wanted to build an inspiring space that offered growth support to help beat the odds.I have been on the speakers' path for the past 2 years and I enjoy speaking on topics including, entrepreneurship, scaling companies, building innovation, finding motivation and mental health for entrepreneurs.
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