Amplify Your Business


Episode 199: Fighting the Good Fight

Featuring Sean Collins of Varme Energy

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For Episode 199 of Amplify Your Business, we’re joined by Sean Collins, the CEO of Varme Energy. Varme Energy develops waste energy facilities built with integrated carbon capture and storage. Essentially, large industrial process facilities that use two-stage combustion technology to combust municipal solid waste that would otherwise be going to a landfill. These facilities burn the waste, extract all of the energy out of it, and with carbon capture and storage, they capture all of the post-combustion CO2 and sequester it underground. This sustainable, environmental solution eliminates landfills long-term, recover the energy in the waste, and put all of the carbon underground.

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00:00 - Intro

01:04 - Did people in the audience at Edmonton Unlimited’s Launch Party show any interest in your pitch?

01:49 - What are three things every entrepreneur needs to know?

04:35 - Any suggestions that you have for other entrepreneurs for turning off the entrepreneur when they get home?

06:39 - Can you tell us a little about Varme Energy?

07:44 - Why is this something that is new tech being introduced to Western Canada? 

09:11 - Why is now the right time for this kind of tech in Canada?

12:57 - How do you face the complexities that come with bringing this kind of technology into Canada as an entrepreneur?

15:49 - How did the partnership with the Norwegian company you’re working with come about?

18:09 - Could you explain what you meant by the term “venture studio” that you used during our conversation prior to recording?

20:06 - How long ago did you start your first entrepreneurial venture?

20:25 - What do you find easier now that you’ve been at this for 14 years than you did at the beginning?

23:47 - In the future, do you think the greatest opportunities for sustainability and environmental protection will be with First Nations populations?

25:35 - If you could write your younger self a letter, what would it say?

28:01 - What do you consider to be success?

30:04 - If someone in our audience wanted to connect with you, how could they do that?

 30:56 - Outro

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