Linda Ogbeide: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur

Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Mealspirations President and co-founder Linda Ogbeide, whose company is dedicated to creating time for busy young professionals to enjoy chef-developed recipes using high-quality, fresh ingredients…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am the President and co-founder of Mealspirations. We deliver healthy, chef-developed recipes and the high-quality, fresh ingredients required to prepare them in 40 minutes or less at home. We’re creating time for busy people and families!

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I had a very hectic job, which made it difficult to find time to eat home-cooked meals. I often came home late and was too exhausted to go grocery shopping or come up with a meal plan. My partner had the same problem. Fortunately for him, he had access to services in Europe that took the guesswork out of dinnertime. I wanted the same services here, to make my life easier.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I think the biggest challenge is marketing a totally new concept in a market with certain traditions. However, once a customer tries Mealspirations, they are hooked, and that’s the best part of my day!

What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
Being so busy that I would forget to eat!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I will probably launch more ventures and manage a portfolio of inspiring businesses.

What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it
I made a career change several years ago, and it was difficult to explain to people why I wanted to pursue a different path. To make the change I wanted, I had to go back to school, job shadow, and tap into my network.

What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
Success to me is loving and enjoying my job! If I wake up tomorrow dreading working on my business, then I need to change it up and do something else.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Starting Mealspirations! There’s a lot of risk involved in being an entrepreneur, but the benefits outweigh the risks.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Understand the risk and embrace it. Also, make sure you have a good network and learn from other fields and experiences. Be brave enough to ask for help and advice if needed.

Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
My favourite restaurant was Keriwa Cafe in Parkdale (Toronto). Their aboriginal food was AMAZING! The duck dumpling soup was to die for. Unfortunately the chef has moved on to other ventures. I’m now looking for a new spot to frequent.

When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
With a great book. It’s the best way to clear my mind and escape on an adventure.

Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
I’ve been to a lot of amazing places. So far Thailand is a favourite of mine. I love the food, the bustle, the people, and the shopping!

If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
Something by Donna Summer. She worked hard for her money.

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
If it wasn’t Mealspirations, I would likely be working on another business. I was born to be an entrepreneur!

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I currently support (MSF). I love the work they do providing medical assistance to developing countries and areas devastated by war. There are also local charities like Scribble Me Silly that I’m interested in getting involved with. They use art to empower victims of abuse.

What to you is notable?
Integrity and being humble.

BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
My iPhone is glued to my right hand – even while I’m sleeping!


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