How We raised $60k for our Startup as Students
Starting and funding a business is hard. Starting and funding a business as a student is even harder, but not impossible.
Kartik Bala
Co Founder and Head of Product
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During my time at Ryerson University, I picked up a camera, spent over $5,000 on equipment, and started a photography business. I soon realized there were problems in the wedding photography industry that should be solved.

I reached out to my friend, Navine, whom I've known since Kindergarten. He was in the Computer Engineering program at Waterloo. I pitched him the idea and he was ready to work on the project. Navine is now our CTO and has been a vital part in the development of Scuto.

We began to develop Scuto, a platform that helps wedding photographers manage their business - from listing their profiles, communicating with clients to receiving payments. Scuto would help photographers save up to $2,000 a year.

These costs were associated with hosting a website, time spent managing communication platforms, and disputes with clients. Clients searching for a photographer would be able to find reliable and vetted photographers to hire for their weddings.

We soon met Vilirsa, our Co-Founder. She guided us with seeking grants and support to help us build Scuto. Vilirsa believed in our idea and introduced us to Ryerson’s DMZ & other grants available for young entrepreneurs like ourselves.

We raised over $60,000 from competitions & grants. These funds helped us develop our Startup without having to seek other financing options.

Due to COVID, we’re now working on an exciting new venture and will be launching our beta soon! Visit us at and sign up to the beta to stay posted.

If you're looking to bring your idea to the market, feel free to reach out to either Kartik, Navine or Vilirsa.


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