New Directions
new directions

Welcome to the entrepreneurial revolution.

The world is changing faster and faster every day. The future belongs to the people who’ve seen the new possibilities and made the new connections. It belongs to the people who’ve had the guts and determination to head off in new directions. It belongs to the entrepreneurs.

It belongs to you.

Passion for Change
passion for change

It takes a special someone.

You’ve got a fire in your belly. A drive. Hell, if we were being fancy, we’d say you’ve got a passion for change. You see the world as it could be. New products, new businesses, even whole new ways of doing business — it doesn’t matter. What matters is that when you do see a better way of doing things, you have to bring it to life. And you have to do it your way.


We get it.

Everything it takes. The special insight to see new possibilities. The determination to tough it out in the face of all the naysayers. That…bizarre instinct you have to see challenges as opportunities. And that sense of commitment that keeps you in the driver’s seat the whole way through. Everything that brought you to where you are today.

Because we’ve been there ourselves.

And we're the marketing partner who can take you higher.

We don't just get what it takes to be entrepreneurs We have skin in the game
Anyone can read a Wikipedia page about entrepreneurs. What you need is a marketing company who lives in the same trenches you do.
Well, here we are.
Downward Bracket
Arlene Dickinson

First off: this is Arlene Dickinson. You might know her as one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs. Or maybe you‘ve seen her as one of the stars of CBC’s Dragons‘ Den. Or maybe you’ve checked out one of her two national bestselling books, Persuasion and All In. Or maybe you caught one of her many speaking engagements as the voice of the entrepreneurial movement in Canada.

(We like to call her “boss”.)

You Inc.

Second thing: this is YouInc. It’s a digital lifestyle platform that encourages, celebrates, and embraces everything that makes entrepreneurs unique, while also providing them with the resources, support, and tools necessary for success. We launched YouInc in 2012 with the aim of helping entrepreneurs share, connect, and grow by entertaining them, educating them, and helping them connect with one another.

Our experience, our mindset, and our resources should convince you we are the agency partner to take your business further.

How can we help?

On the one hand, we speak your language. We know what drives you and what keeps you up at night. No other agency will understand you like we do.

On the other hand, we know marketing. (We should, since we've been doing it for over 30 years.)

Venture is one of Canada’s largest independent full-service marketing agencies. We come at things strategy first, specializing in truly understanding the entrepreneurial approach to business - your approach - and how marketing can help take you to the next level.

  • strategic brand & marketing planning
  • creative development
  • digital and traditional execution
  • media buying
  • PR

There are three ways we can make a difference.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?
Are you trying to reach entrepreneurs?
Are you trying to be more entrepreneurial?
Not ready for Venture?
If you’re just starting out and establishing your business, it’s too early for us to help. Check out our list of resources to help you get going in the right direction:
Open Positions


We are currently looking to add a Flash and HTML 5 developer to our Calgary team. This role is an intermediate web developer position, responsible for delivering interactive banner ads and HTML email campaigns for multiple clients across various marketing campaigns.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Develops Flash ad units, engaging interactive media and mobile based software.
  • Performs front-end development tasks with Flash, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery.
  • Understands and implements banner ads using IAB Ad unit guidelines.
  • Constructs rich, multi-part marketing emails.
  • Slices and manipulates Photoshop documents and other art assets for development use.
  • Contributes to PHP-based LAMP stack development as needed.
  • Is aware of and designs/codes to minimize cross-browser/platform rendering issues.
  • Employs SEO best practices with all development efforts.
  • Writes w3 validated code and adheres to defined web standards.
  • Cognizant of accessibility issues and actively designs content with standards in mind.
  • Passionately follows the latest technology with a keen eye for social media trends and emerging platforms.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and assignments.
  • Is willing to take a Flash banner creation test as part of the interview process.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Junior to mid level experience working with Rich Media, Animations and Mobile Advertising
  • Experience in HTML5, CSS, Flash, javaScript and jQuery a must.
  • Experience in PHP and other coding languages/frameworks a plus.
  • 2-5 years prior agency or production house experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Illustrator with the ability to convert designs into interactive media.
  • Highly proficient in developing rich media banners, overlays, pushdowns, and interstitials.
  • Excellent working knowledge of cross-platform browser support.
  • Experience building dynamic ads a plus.
  • Experience converting Adobe Flash into HTML5 a plus.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to by July 30, 2015.

YouInc is looking for high-achieving students or recent graduates with solid communication skills and a strong work ethic to fill the role of design intern. This opportunity is based in our Toronto location. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation of YouInc's creative products, including blog article images and self-promotional materials
  • Activiely participate in conception, creation and execution for marketing campaigns and individual projects
  • Work with Creative Director and cross-functional teams to drive successful results
  • Must prioritize work for team members on a given project and provide feedback to the team. Willing and able to work hands-on if needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working towards a Degree/Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Marketing and communications courses considered an asset
  • Strong interest in entrepreneurialism
  • An understanding of the marriage between design freedom and business requirements
  • Outstanding work ethic and sense of urgency to resolve issues quickly and effectively
  • Strong understanding of design and its components; design systems, copywriting and content strategy, usability and interaction design and interface development
  • Collaborative, team planer and partner

Note: This position is unpaid and requires a minimum time commitment of 20-30 hours per week. 

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to by May 15th, 2015. 


YouInc is looking for high-achieving students or recent graduates with solid communications skills and a strong work ethic to fill the role of editorial and community intern. This opportunity is based in our Toronto location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting editorial staff in all activities leading to publication of YouInc content, including maintaining an editorial calendar and scheduling articles to our content management system
  • Organizing and researching article ideas to tight deadlines
  • Writing and scheduling social media posts
  • Assist in managing YouInc’s online community, including fielding responses from our Ask an Expert tool

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recently acquired or working towards a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree, preferably in Journalism, Communications, or Business
  • Strong interest in entrepreneurialism
  • Proven record of leadership and initiative
  • Must be able to think and contribute strategically
  • Highly organized and flexible, must be able to multi-task
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written  
  • Prior experience in marketing and/or social media is preferred

Note: This position is unpaid and requires a minimum time commitment of 20-30 hours per week.  

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to by May 15th, 2015. 


We are currently looking to add a Client Marketing Director to our Toronto team, to manage a roster of top tier clients. This role is a senior client management position, responsible for managing strategy, campaign management, leading a team of senior/junior account managers, and driving new business for some of our largest clients.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Lead Venture key customer accounts with a focus on building customer loyalty, maintaining customer relationships and generating additional service opportunities.
  • Drive excellence across the agency in our client deliverables, from strategy through to creative product and execution.
  • Actively follow the Venture process for delivering marketing programs.  Deliver Client Contact Reports, Budget Control Reports; develop accurate estimates in a timely and appropriate manner. Manage the relationship in a professional, ethical and disciplined manner.
  • Work with other teams to integrate Venture’s offerings into a holistic approach based on the customers’ needs.
  • Support business development efforts through contributions to RFP responses as well as new business meetings with prospective clients; always thinking about how we can better serve clients and grow their business.
  • Responsible for client satisfaction metrics, client acquisition goals, and profit goals.

Desired skills and experience:

  • 7-10 years of related agency experience with proven ability as a self-starter and client relationship leader.
  • Demonstrate bigger picture understanding of client's marketing strategy and ability to communicate how current insights/tactics associate with longer-term strategy objectives.
  • Ability to take complex ideas and explain to clients.
  • 5+ years of online marketing, direct marketing and/or related strategy work including campaign development and performance analyses.
  • Proven experience in managing teams of people, and in working cross-functionally across an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to

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