Madison Guy, 25

Founder + co-CEO, GrantMe Education Consulting

Life Story: As captain of the UBC women’s soccer team, Madison Guy led the Thunderbirds to the 2015 national championship while laying the foundation for her business. She’d won a scholarship to play for the T-Birds, a prize that covered the tuition for her degree at Sauder School of Business. But the Langley native sought additional awards to cover the remainder of her education–housing, books, food. “I figured out there was a ton of funding available,” explains Guy, who ultimately earned an additional $50,000 in scholarships.

Other student athletes took note, and she helped them apply to opportunities. Realizing that she had a business, Guy founded GrantMe Education Consulting in 2017, less than a month after she graduated.

Bottom Line: GrantMe works with students across Canada, helping them find suitable scholarships and increase their chances of winning. “We’ll support you in standing out,” says Guy, who is co-CEO with her partner, Jason Yee, also a UBC alumnus, and leads a team of 10 full-time employees and 14 contractors.

Based in Vancouver at the BC Tech Hub, GrantMe works with 500 students. So far, clients have won more than $4 million in scholarships. “We expect to triple in revenue this year,” Guy says.