Bringing babies into an (entrepreneurship and innovation) incubator

Amy Lynch's baby in the DARE District business incubator

April showers bring #BYOBaby into biz settings superpowers

Amy Lynch and baby at Invest Ottawa April 2019
Baby and I before a meeting with one of our guest speakers at Invest Ottawa…wearing winter gear in April!

We (my kids and I) have been busy over the past few weeks prepping for our first Pop-Up Event of the year on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019!

In between washing their winter gear and trying to pack it away for another six months (c’mon Mother Nature!), I’ve been making calls, meeting people and trying to make things happen around my family’s schedules.

This week I’m delighted to announce we’ll have three guest speakers, all parents and multiple business owners: Sunshine Tenasco, Karla Briones and Susan Richards.

You may have the inkling of a business idea or be in the thick of balancing childcare, business and life in general.

Perhaps you’re thinking of making a career change or maybe you simply want a daytime outing at a convenient time, where you don’t have to worry about your kids being an inconvenience*.

*I don’t believe parenthood and professional development have to be mutually exclusive but not everyone may feel that way.

Either way, this ‘Babies, Business + Breakfast’ Spring Pop-Up Event is for you!

I’m gathering these guest speakers to answer a few questions about their background, experiences, challenges and insights, before it opens to everyone in attendance for your own Q&A – in between baby wrangling, feeding and potty breaks.


We’ll hear from:

Sunshine Tenasco
First Nations Mommy of 4 from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg
Founder at Her Braids and CEO of Pow Wow Pitch

Karla Briones
Mexican-Canadian Mom of 2
Founder at Karla Briones Consulting, Franchisee of Global Pet Foods and Freshii, Co-founder of Frida’s Attic

Susan Richards
Mom of 3
Virtual CFO and Co-founder, Numbercrunch, Founder of Givopoly, Chair of the Board of Directors at Invest Ottawa

Fuel up on fresh business inspiration, strong coffee and get connected to other like-minded parents. 👶🏻📈☕️

BBB Spring Pop-Up Event May 1st 2019 Guest Speaker LineupREGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE!


I’m also thrilled to announce the event will be held in an accessible and inclusive venue, at Algonquin College’s Ottawa Campus in their brand-new DARE (Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship) District.

The event will be held in their Business Incubator (no pun intended, it’s the real name) in Room C278 on Level 2, which can be accessed via elevators and is also right beside a few washrooms featuring baby change tables. Whoohoo!

I will be sharing detailed parking, public transit and venue navigation instructions with registered guests the week of the event.

Here is a sneak peek of the DARE District (business) Incubator, with my baby outside exploring the space.

Amy Lynch's baby in the DARE District business incubatorThis event is for parents (first and foremost) and their families (I don’t expect you to leave the kids at home).

You also want to invest in yourself, get inspired and meet others like you. I’ve met lots of people over the past year, who don’t want to separate their personal and professional lives (and this is about connecting you all!)

My own children are the reason I keep pushing for inclusive programming and accessible spaces. They inform what I do and why I do it.

If you plan on attending, make sure you RSVP via Eventbrite as I won’t be selling tickets at the door – I will be busy juggling my baby and making sure everyone has a good time! 🎉

Learn more about Babies, Business + Breakfast™.

Get the FREE Babies + Business Mini Guide

Download my FREE Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids), to encourage parents to explore more, invest in themselves alongside their children, take up space and make room for positive change when it comes to the future of work.

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Some of my other #BYOBaby into business settings experiences are detailed on these blog posts, if you want to learn more about:

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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