LaunchYU Speaker Series: Starting Out, Creating a Brand & Selling to the Big Fish

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Second Student Centre, York University
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J 1P3

LaunchYU has partnered with York University's Divison of Advancement to bring you the LaunchYU Speaker Series; a series featuring top York University alumni entrepreneurs. Each part of the series will aim to capture the real stories, challenges, successes and failures that they have encountered in their journeys.

These talks are meant to INSPIREMOTIVATE, and EDUCATE the audience on the realities of launching a startup in today’s world.

The inaugural event in the series will feature industry leader and  innovator Sharon Vinderine (BA '94), Founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved.

Registration is required for this event:


Sharon Vinderine, BA '94

Founder & CEO, Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA)

Sharon Vinderine is the founder of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA), the leading consumer awards program in North America.  Thousands of brands proudly display the PTPA seal of approval on packaging and marketing as a means of differentiation from their competition on store shelves.

Vinderine has been acknowledged by the media as an “industry leader and innovator”, and is the recipient of the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award & the Silver Stevie Awards for Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She has appeared on more than 150 television shows on networks that include ABC, NBC, Fox & MSNBC.

Before venturing into the world of baby products, Vinderine was the founder of the first wireless Internet company in Canada, MIPPS Net Online, which was ranked as one of “Canada’s Hottest Start Ups” by Profit magazine.