Bryan Addeman, now 29, is leading a cutting edge start-up at IBM Canada. He is a symbol of two important shifting trends in London. First, he represents a growing wave of student entrepreneurs who choose London as their first home to grow their business acumen and set themselves up for success. Second, he represents a tearing down of borders within the London community.
Upon graduating from Western University’s Medical Sciences program, Bryan worked as a Research Analyst at the university. Through his research in disease detection, he stumbled across the start of all great entrepreneurial journeys – he found a problem. Leveraging his research and the new-found opportunity, he left the world of academia to start his medical imaging services company – Canatomical Research Services. With his science background, Bryan knew how to develop the product, however, this was his first brush with entrepreneurship. Having learned much on the fly, he relied on TechAlliance’s Business Services to answer any remaining questions about starting and running his business. With the help of the research community, the entrepreneurship ecosystem and Ivey’s E 1.0 entrepreneurship bootcamp, Bryan was able to scale his business, signing partners across North America and Germany. Recognizing the value he took from E 1.0, Bryan went back to school for his MBA at Ivey Business School, and then leveraged all that he’d learned and developed in London to create a new intrapreneurial start-up through IBM Canada, Worklily.
Worklily is a tech freelance platform connecting companies to top quality tech talent for short-term projects. It is the premiere platform for such services, with intensive quality screening for projects ranging from design to development to IT consulting. From student, to serial entrepreneur, Bryan attributes his success to the opportunities he had through the London entrepreneurship ecosystem.
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