Startup Guelph asked Ashley Kizis a few big questions about what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Learn how her company creates diverse, sustainable puzzles that allow children to see pieces of themselves and their communities as they play.
Kidunified puzzles better represent children with disabilities, gender expressions, cultures and ethnicities than any other puzzle on the market today.
Q: When was the moment you first knew you were meant to be an entrepreneur?
All of my jobs have been entrepreneurial. They have involved creating a new role, building a team, being resourceful and solving problems. It’s certainly nurture and, absolutely, nature! I was born an entrepreneur.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced starting your business?
Determining how to address inappropriate comments from folks you thought were like-valued.
Q: What is the biggest “win” you have experienced as an entrepreneur?
Ideation to Market in just eight months!
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you would give to others who are starting their own business?
If you have a partner (in life or in business), you need to be on the same page as to what is ahead of you. Entrepreneurship is a 24/7 responsibility, and it effects the entire household. A great partner is critical when facing the rocky roads. It also makes for a great (and much more fun) adventure!
Q: What was the biggest key to your success? How do you measure success?
Stories from caregivers and parents! Learning what Kidunified means to so many folks is a huge success. I am often told, “I wish I had this when I was a kid.” I couldn’t agree more.
Q: If you could go back in time, is there anything you would change about your entrepreneurial journey?
Honestly, no. Nothing.