After a 15-year career working in rural communities with various innovation, businesses, and economic development organizations, Andrew founded Mashup Lab in 2014. Shortly after the launch of Mashup Lab, Andrew co-founded Awesome South Shore. This community-backed micro-fund gives away $1000 a month – cash, no strings attached – to people with innovative ideas to do something awesome in their community.
Identifying a gap in resources and a need for support in his community, Andrew has since launched a community of 3 co-working spaces for freelancers, entrepreneurs and independents in the south shore under the brand WorkEvolved.
Andrew has worked with nearly 3000 aspiring entrepreneurs throughout rural North America, supporting them along the full spectrum of their entrepreneurial journey, from solopreneurs to 500+ person operations, to innovative high-growth tech start-ups. Andrew has been invited to speak at numerous events and conferences around the entrepreneurial start-up space, including Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference, How We Thrive Conference and the Georgetown Conference.
Andrew holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, concentration in Entrepreneurship and Management Consulting and a BBA from Acadia University, with a concentration in Marketing and Finance. In 2019, he was selected into the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders Program as one of the Top 30 high-growth potential entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada.
Andrew is from a small rural community in Newfoundland and married a girl from a small rural community in Nova Scotia that they now call home with their two boys.