Sheena Brady is the founder and CEO of Tease Tea, an all-natural and sustainably sourced loose-leaf tea company based in Ottawa, Canada with customers in over 30 countries.
After becoming a certified Tea Sommelier, she fell in love with tea and decided to launch her own tea company. Sheena Brady started Tease Tea in 2013 as a side hustle and creative outlet from her demanding career in hospitality. After realizing a career in hospitality would prevent her from building a successful ecommerce business, Sheena decided to work for Canada’s own e-commerce software, Shopify. From there, She blended teas out of her home while working full-time.
Today, she still works at Shopify in leadership. As a Merchant Success Lead for Shopify Plus, the e-commerce platform’s vertical for high-growth, high-volume merchants, she has helped scale their Merchant Success org from a team of 8 to over 150+ employees in just 4 years.
At the same time, she has grown her side hustle into a million-dollar award-winning company that serves customers in over 30 countries around the world.
Combining her passion for tea with her desire to empower women and young girls around the world, a portion of the proceeds of every purchase supports programs that are dedicated to empowering women and young girls. From shelters to startups, Tease Tea has contributed over $150,000 in product and financial support to date including what was at first a small program that has since grown into a company of its own, The Founders Fund.
The Founders Fund is an online accelerator that supports women-identified entrepreneurs during every stage of their journey. The company is made up of a community of members, funders, and mentors that are looking to invest in themselves and pay it forward to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In its first year, The Founders Fund raised over $40,000 in financial backing, funded five companies and supported 200+ women-identified applicants from 11 provinces and territories through online programming.