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Addressing a consumer footwear need for shoes that feel great to wear, we will leverage key IP to be the next 'it' brand in leisure footwear

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded August 2009
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Barefooters® is an early stage company that has designed, developed and is now marketing a highly innovative footwear product based on a patent pending material -CorksiLite™. Along with an international group of partners and suppliers as well as substantial in-house experience in the footwear business, Barefooters Corp is poised to satisfy the consumer's desire for shoes that literally Feel Great to wear. Currently selling in Europe and USA.


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    David Van Klaveren
    President and co-CEO

    David Van Klaveren’s experience as an entrepreneur has been centered on turning ideas into business. Adept at inspiring wide stakeholder groups, David understands how to align interests and resources to achieve business objectives. As the result of the divestiture in late 2008 of a company founded by David, Nextmove Inc., he most recently held the position of Executive Vice President for the software and electronic content company. Rotman MBA.

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    Joao Araujo
    COO and co-CEO

    Joao Araujo has 25+ years in the footwear industry. As an importer, Right-Step distributed European made footwear to Canadian retailers. Following the introduction of footwear import quotas in Canada, Joao expanded the company’s activities into the United States through 1983-88. Between 1990 and 1995 Joao was CEO until the sale of the company ('95). Joao then started his own footwear company bringing European brands to the US. Rotman MBA.

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    Carlo Coscia
    Technical Director

    Based in Italy, Carlo leads the Corporation’s technical operations for contract manufacturing and production. Previously having held both Managing Director and Technical Director positions in the rubber injection molding industry, Carlo was responsible for over 100 technical multi-million dollar projects for large corporations in Europe and Asia. Project work includes highly sophisticated, leading edge production projects for Chinese markets.


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    Richard Epstein, Partner, Aird and Berlis LLP
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    Lorry Pasternak, CA, DPS Group LTD, Chartered Accountants