Karina Hayat, Co-Founder and President of Prizm health, Ranks No. 15 on the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada by Profit and Canada Business magazine.
Published at Profitguide.com, the W100 ranks female entrepreneurs using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the business they own and manage.
“The members of the 2016 W100 each possess the talent and tenacity to start and grow a successful business,” said James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “Their remarkable achievements serve as proof that ambitious, risk-taking female entrepreneurs are integral to the growth of the Canadian economy.”
How Prizm Made The Top Profit 100 List
Karina’s humble beginnings as an entrepreneur began just before the age of 7 when she and her sister sold ice in their impoverished neighborhood of El Limon in Guatemala City. In 1991 the family escaped political unrest and received political asylum in Canada. Living in a new country and speaking no English, would be perceived by most people as barriers, but Karina saw them as challenges that needed to be overcome. “I remember seeing opportunities nearly everywhere I looked and I remember my sister and I would collect refundable cans and delivered newspapers to make extra money because we knew that our parents couldn’t afford any extras, having left everything behind” says Karina. These experiences taught her that there was great reward in being able to step outside of one’s comfort zone and gave her the skills necessary to start her business with her co-founder and husband Zeeshan Hayat, while in college. What began as a means to supplement their income to pay off student loans promoting health and wellness products became the vehicle for their passion towards helping people affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes; securely connect with pharmacies for on demand medication and medical supply delivery.
About the Profit 100
Now in its 18th year, the W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Canadian Business, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honoured are published in print and online. Applicants to the 2016 W100 were ranked using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage.