Living in these fast-moving times brings with it a need to constantly adapt. However, they also open up perfect opportunities—or pivotal moments—to make real change, embrace innovation and move forward.
The Pivotal Point brings entrepreneurial thinking to organizations around the globe. From incubators and accelerators, academic institutions and government to corporations, non-profits and charities, we help people advance their goals, capitalize on opportunities, discover new solutions and, as our name implies, set a course in a new direction.
The Pivotal Path
In the 21st Century, every road can lead to innovation and opportunity through networking and connection.
At The Pivotal Point, we believe incubators are living, growing things.
The Pivotal Point brings the model that built the world’s leading university incubator to organizations looking to promote innovation and stimulate economic growth. Here are a few sample Pivotal projects that prove the point.
Headed by Valerie Fox, co-founder of the DMZ at Ryerson University—the number one ranked university incubator in the world—The Pivotal Point is a team of consultants and advisors. In our role as coach and collaborator, we offer extensive expertise, access to valuable networks and, ultimately, a fresh perspective on the possibilities that lie ahead.
The Pivotal Point has helped people from the Yukon to South Africa. Here’s what our clients have to say about us.
Valerie Fox has been instrumental to the design of ELLA programming and to the development of our community. Her insights around peer circles have helped us to design an environment where the women in the community work together to unlock the potential of their businesses and foster a highly supportive and engaged community. Valerie has also coached women founders in all levels of ELLA programming. Her curated approach to coaching has brought founders incredible clarity and focus, empowering the women to use their intuition, knowledge and experience to overcome challenges within their businesses
ELLA Accelerator, York University, Toronto, Ontario
“Val brings a heightened and critical awareness of the importance of program development and ecosystem building that is culturally sensitive and inclusive. Yukoners keep coming back for The Pivotal Point’s support due to their paramount expertise and qualities of openness, critical thinking, exceptional creativity, open, honest and direct communication, and adaptability to their client’s needs and dreams.“
Lauren Manekin Beille
Department Head, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Yukon University, Whitehorse, Yukon
“I've been coached by Valerie since 2016. I have received a great amount of feedback, support, connections and opportunities to pivot LatAm Startups business model over the years, and without this support our organization wouldn't have been able to reach our goals or experience the growth we have. I recommend the services Valerie provides through The Pivotal Point for any business incubator or accelerator that wants to be successful with its program’s offering to either startups or scaleups.”
CEO, LatAm Startups
“Valerie has been a trusted guide for the Sheridan EDGE team as we navigated significant organizational changes and re-visioned our strategy. She brings a wealth of knowledge of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Canada and overseas to her work, along with lived experience that enables her to advise on the big picture while responding creatively to the challenges of the moment. Her unique skill set and deep networks have accelerated EDGE's development in a short period of time. As a coach, Valerie expertly balances support with accountability, and has enabled me to see through the noise in order to take wise action more times than I can count.”
“Val is someone who truly embodies the concept of being both a master and a student. Despite having decades of lived experience and deep knowledge in the tech and entrepreneurship world, Val intentionally finds ways to learn from the people around her. As a coach, mentor and advisor, she helps founders go from being a person with an idea to a person with a business. She has an innate ability to focus large abstract ideas into practical steps and is a proponent of intentionality as an entrepreneur. Val also creates environments that support the curiosity, imagination and out-of-the-box thinking that comes with navigating founder life.”
Prieeyya Kaur Kesh
Founder & CEO, Our Wave Hub
"Val is a true champion of entrepreneurs, whose positive influence on Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem will be felt for decades to come. Val and I first met when she was still at Ryerson’s DMZ, on the verge of transitioning it to new leadership after having set the foundation for its continued success. Since then, I’ve had the great fortune of working closely with her as a member of Futurpreneur’s Board.
Val is a thoughtful leader with a gift for asking the question that sparks meaningful conversation and generates exciting, actionable ideas. She has a strong moral compass, and follows her inclusive instincts with action. I am grateful to have Val as a mentor, advisor, Board member and friend, and am excited that The Pivotal Point will bring her incredible leadership, mentorship and expertise to entrepreneurs and communities across Canada."