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Grow Now – Christy Silvestri

Our Grow Now program helps emerging Atlantic Canadian technology companies build and scale their tech. Christy Silvestri, founder of QuickFacts Inc recently took part. 

Christy started QuickFacts Inc. in 2020 to help insurance brokers have everything they need in one spot. “I worked in the insurance industry for so long and I just kept thinking, there had to be a better, more efficient way to do things.”  

Grow Now is a unique program that allows participants to learn many different elements of the tech sector, “One of my key takeaways from the program was learning how to use OKR (objectives and key results); as a new business owner it was especially helpful. The program was great in teaching me a variety of different things. Like everyone, I’m only an expert at what I know, so this program was great in teaching me the other tools I needed. Grow Now was a safe space that allowed me to learn and develop my skill set. It was also comforting to know that even though there were many other female founders in the program with a variety of different businesses, we all had the same things to learn.” 

When asked why Christy would recommend this program to other female tech entrepreneurs, this is what she shared: “There are many reasons I would recommend this program. It was great to be able to have a conversation with others, being a business owner can be lonely, and it was nice to be able to talk with others who don’t necessarily share the same lens as you. It’s also a great opportunity to expand your network, I not only made connections with other business owners but government agencies as well. This program is a great introduction to the ecosystem.”  

At the CWB we know how much work goes into starting and operating a business. Here is what Christy shared when asked what advice she would give to others starting a business in the tech sector. “Being a business owner isn’t easy, it’s so important to keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for help! As a business owner there will be many ups and downs, my biggest piece of advice would be to keep your passion, don’t lose sight of why you started.”  

To learn more about Christy Silvestri and QuickFacts Inc., visit their website.

Our new Grow Now fall cohort will be starting soon! For more information visit our program page.