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WIGUP.tv (US FRANCHISE)

WIGUP.TV is a new interactive and instructional tool sold on-line to schools to help children 9-14 discover their full potential in life.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded December 2010
  • Employees 5
  • Website wigup.tv

Company Summary

WIGUP consists primarily of a Creative Social Network for Schools conceived by Mark Chatel and his Ottawa and Montreal team. WIGUP.TV allows children aged 9-14 to gradually discover their purpose in life. This instructional tool and safe environment provides the education market with the best inspirational platform to stimulate children’s creativity, pushing them to entrepreneurial action to impact their world and helping them find their calling.

Team

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    Mark Chatel
    Founder and CEO

    Mark Chatel holds a Bachelor degree in political science and economics from Université de Montréal. He completed a Masters in Media Management and TV production at Emerson College in Boston. Married to Carolyne M. Chatel and father of 2 boys, Mark is a former Radio-Canada Producer, sports commentator at the Olympics and ranked among the top 15 junior fencers in the World. He has been pursuing relentlessly and passionately his mission of wanting

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    Carolyne M. Chatel
    Co-Founder

    Co-Founder of WIGUP Corp., Carolyne just completed an executive MBA at McGill University in Montreal. Her Masters thesis is focusing on Social enterprises and the new approach to making business to impact communities, particularly through chidren's creativity and entrepreneurial savvy. She is handling marketing, partnerships and ancillary products around WIGUP's unique philosophy.
    Carolyne is married to Mark Chatel and they have 2 boys.

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    François Tessier
    Chief Technical Officer

    François Tessier is a New Media Producer with 20 years of experience and several awards in his field. He has worked in animation and interactive projects that have had an impact on children. He has developed the WIGUP platform from scratch and is devoted to understanding the needs of the educators globally to make it the best pedagogical resource to instill 21st Century Skills in children.

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    Maryse Francella
    Chief Immersion Programs Officer

    Maryse Francella is a bilingual educator with broad experience and expertise in the Ontario elementary and secondary school French and English language education system. She has held a variety of leadership
    positions with responsibilities for
    overseeing student success, the
    implementation of new programs
    team projects, professional development and outreach to
    community and education stakeholders. Some of these included: French Extended and I

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    Wojtek Winicki
    International Partnerships Officer

    Wojtek Winnicki, M.A. McGill, M. Ed., University of Montreal, is a former deputy director general at the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board with an extensive educational career spanning four decades. Responsable for adult and vocational education, he created the Marguerite-Bourgeoys International Language Institute and Entrepreneurship Marguerite-
    Bourgeoys which had an average output of 3000 business plans per year.
    He was instrumental in impl

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    Stephanie Pace Marshall
    Chief Education Officer

    Stephanie Pace Marshall is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®--the nation’s first three year public residential institution for high school age students academically talented in science, mathematics and technology. She was the founding president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and a president of the Association of Superv

Advisors

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    Stéphane Larochelle, Ekitas
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed
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    Suzanne Villeneuve, BDO
    Accountant
    Unconfirmed

Previous Investors

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    Fondation Trillium (grant)
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    Telefilm Canada (non refundable investment) and V. Schwaar and H. Hamersley (angel investors)
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    BDC and Fondation G. Chatel (loans)
    Unconfirmed