Joshua Zaporzan Biography
Joshua is the Owner & President of Audax Ventures, a corporation that owns & operates multiple businesses, including a marketing and business development agency, an apparel company, a promotions company and a company in the clean technology & renewable energy industry. Joshua oversees the strategic direction of Audax's business investments and operational activities.
Joshua graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree with a major in Entrepreneurship from the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business in December of 2016.
Joshua began his pursuit of entrepreneurship in 2012 when he launched his own digital marketing and business development agency. As a trusted advisor, he provided his clients with strategies to grow and maintain an effective online presence through the use of multiple digital platforms. Joshua’s work evolved into working with business owners and early stage entrepreneurs in building & reviewing business plans, professional presentations, helping launch businesses, building marketing strategies, feasibility studies, market research, industry analysis, financial modelling, capital structuring, capital raising and strategic growth, now under the Audax Ventures brand.
Joshua's biggest accomplishment to date has been the growth and acquisition of Longball Athletics, a Canadian golf & lifestyle apparel company with distribution throughout North America. Joshua was the majority Owner and CEO, managing all the day to day operations and growth of the company. In the Spring of 2020, an opportunity arose to sell the majority control of the company when interest was expressed from a 3rd party. Joshua led the conversations, negotiation and structure of the sale while keeping the company active and producing revenue. As part of the acquisition terms, Joshua remains a board member and minor shareholder of the company and assists with overseeing the high-level strategic direction of the company and recommendations for future growth.
Joshua has many years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience, including having owned and operated a seasonal restaurant, his experience with Longball Athletics and the current build of his newest venture, H2MB, a startup in the clean technology and renewable energy industry. Joshua is passionate about sharing his experience with entrepreneurs as he works with others to help launch and grow their businesses. Within the Manitoba entrepreneurial ecosystem, Joshua works as the Venture Coach at the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Manitoba, where he coaches students building their ventures. Further, Joshua works as the Manitoba Market Manager for the League of Innovators, a Canadian not for profit organization providing free entrepreneurial resources and accelerator programs for youth entrepreneurs across Canada.
Joshua is actively involved in his community and recognizes the need to give back whenever possible. He is the Vice Chair & board member of the Young Associates and a speaker to various groups of community leaders, high school, university and MBA students. He is the founder of the Manitoba Longball Open; a charity golf tournament held at the Clear Lake Golf Course to raise money and awareness for KidSport Manitoba.
When the opportunity arises for some down time, Joshua will most likely be found travelling, on the golf course or at his family cottage enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.