Kailin Noivo, chief revenue officer, Noibu

Kailin Noivo
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
Click here to see the full list of the 2021 recipients and click here to watch the special broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.

Business: Software company that helps retailers detect checkout errors

Born: Montreal

Biggest business achievement: Founded Noibu at 23 and grew it from zero to millions of dollars in revenue while creating more than 25 high-paying jobs in Ottawa.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Fully bootstrapped, no external funding.

Biggest influences: My mom is my biggest hero. She embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and taught me to never give up on my dreams.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Spend more time with your family – life moves so quickly.

Charitable involvement: Startup Garage

First job: Restaurant dishwasher

Advice I’d give the younger me: Drop the ego and work harder.

Favourite pastime: Reading and cycling