During Christmas Eve 2014 instead of being surrounded by dear friends and full of cheer and merry, I decided to spend the holiday working alone at the office. Back then I was still a fairly new expat here in Toronto and had not yet established a strong social network (actually any social network whatsoever). After emailing a fellow co-worker that evening to discuss work matters, she quickly called me and graciously invited me to her home to share a delicious and warm holiday dinner with her and friends. Being lonely and wanting to expand my social horizons, I took my co-worker up on her invitation. On a day that started on a more somber note, it happily turned into an evening filled with fantastic company, delectable cuisine and lots of cheer and merry.
Ever since that unforgettable Christmas Eve, I was then inspired to help fellow expats and Torontonians like myself that struggled with meeting new people. My goal was to ultimately create a service that would afford them the opportunity to create worthwhile and cherished new social connections through an evening filled to the brim with laughter and great conversation.
Not too long after the realization of my new business idea I met Sachin. It was meant to be:) I knew that I had not only made a fantastic new lifelong friend, but also someone who equally shared my strong entrepreneurial spirit (Sachin has MBA from Harvard and a successful exit in past). Interestingly back in his university days, Sachin hosted communal dinners at his home for his fellow peers, and came close himself to starting up a business akin to Kinza.
When I told Sachin about my dream of creating a locally based business that would facilitate intimate gatherings of like-minded individuals in low-key locales, he was instantaneously excited at the prospect of it. Through our mutual passion for warm company and stimulating conversation, Kinza was officially born.
At Kinza we strive to bring together locals from all walks of life, while building and fostering a community. As we are constantly growing and expanding, we will soon be offering curated arts and games evenings in addition to our hosted communal dinners. When you attend a Kinza event, you can always ensure that you will experience an evening filled with warmth, amazing conversation, tons of laughter and the feeling like you just spent an evening with your oldest and dearest friends.
by Kate Tyshchenko