About Me.

Eric Rafat

In Pursuit of World-Class Excellence…

Eric is a passionate entrepreneur with a wealth of expertise and experience in startups, building high-performing teams, and product development. Having won three volunteer awards for his contribution, he believes in the power of entrepreneurship to create opportunities for all. He is a top ranked tennis player with relentless drive to always reach to the next level. He is always up for a conversation about business, marketing, and tennis.

Eric is currently the founder of FoundersBeta.com. It’s an online community of founders, students, and professional looking to connect and build. He previously founded Keyobi, which was a recruiting platform.

Professional Talks

– Ryerson University Finding Cofounders and Building a Startup Team – October 27, 2016
– Ryerson University Twitter Chat Voices of Experience: Entrepreneurship – Nov. 10, 2016
– University of Toronto Mississauga Student Entrepreneurship: Featured Speaker – Nov. 18, 2016
– Startup Tech Unleashed Open Sky Incubator Waterloo: Featured Speaker – Nov. 29, 2016
– Get connected 2017 at Communitech for University of Waterloo students: Building That Awesome Resume and Portfolio – March 24, 2017

Some Fun Facts About Me…


Started the startup journey


Missed meetings


Ranked as high as #4 in Men’s Tennis Open


Google hangout Meetings


Volunteer Awards


High School Valedictorian

  • — Amber Lee, Web Developer
    "I had the chance to work with Eric as a mentor and a boss. Working with Eric was a pleasure - he is extremely passionate about his ideas and invests a great amount of diligence into his work and colleagues. He displays excellent interpersonal and empathy skills that translate well for leadership roles. The team was motivated by Eric's infectious energy and I can honestly say he has the most positive attitude that I’ve ever encountered. I have no doubt Eric will go far as a motivator and leader."
  • Emile
    — Emile McLean, CEO at OpenSKy Ventures
    "I highly recommend Eric for marketing, SEO strategies, and business management. He played a critical role in growing the Open Sky brand online, and in the startup community. In less than two months our site went from not appearing on the first five google search pages, to the number one spot for key terms, such as, “coworking Kitchener” or “coworking Waterloo.” Eric is also very resourceful, and thrives on helping people and businesses succeed. Whether it is connecting people through his 3,000+ FoundersBeta network, or giving you a very detailed diagnosis outlining why your online properties are not producing, and then giving you constructive advice how to improve – Eric makes a big impact. Above all, he always is in good humour, and comes to battle with a big friendly smile."

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