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, learned how to market my idea, build relationship, close millions of dollar in revenue, build teams 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.
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.
“Sathish brings a wealth of practical knowledge, a true hustler mindset that pushes you past your comfort zone. His approach is a very hands-on and unique. If you are looking for results with a dose of real-talk, you should be working with Sathish” – Balance Accounting, Dennis