He has personally been awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the New Generation Business Excellence Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce and York University’s prestigious Bryden Next Generation Award in recognition of his success and personal commitment to his businesses and his community at such a young age.
Frank has been a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) since April 2005 having launched their Accelerator program geared towards helping early stage entrepreneurs accelerate their growth and most recently involved on the board of the Global student Entrepreneur Awards.
Frank has been on the Dean’s Advisory Board of York University since 2007 and is active in promoting business education at university levels through workshops and seminars.
Frank caught the entrepreneurial bug while working for an entrepreneurial conferencing company while still studying at York University.
His original plan of studying law was postponed indefinitely when he found a passion for audio conferencing sales.
Within a year, that company was purchased by Bell Canada and from that point forward being frustrated by the newly introduced bureaucracy and what he felt was the soul being sucked out of the organization, Frank set his targets on striking out on his own to start his own venture.
Being a history and political science major and having no experience in business planning or raising capital, this new found dream took over five years to finally materialize.
This led to frustration with the lack of infrastructure in fostering entrepreneurialism in Canada which later led to his passion for supporting entrepreneurial efforts with students, young and experienced entrepreneurs and within the entire Wish Group itself.
Frank firmly believes the reason for his continued success is due to investing in talent.
This mantra has led to a long succession of achievements starting with Enunciate Conferencing, which Frank co-founded in 2001.
Within five years, Enunciate launched nine collaboration products founded upon leading-edge technology and impeccable customer service.
With the intention of replicating Enunciate’s success, Frank continued to start or purchase several different companies in the telecommunications, human resources and technology/media space.
Thus far this has resulted in an unprecedented 7 different Profit Hot 50 Start Up awards, 5 different Profit 100 Fastest Growing Companies along with numerous other awards and accolades for the companies along with the leadership teams.
Around 90% of startups fail, but the secrets to success aren’t hard to understand. Frank Cianciulli is here to share insights on how to get your business started, best practices, strategies that have or haven’t worked for his businesses, how he’s scaled businesses without venture capital or bank financing, and so much more.
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