Joe Schmidt

CEO @ Freedom United

Joe Schmidt is an entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. His passion is applying the knowledge accumulated over 20 years of launching successful ecommerce start-ups to mentorship, humanitarian efforts, and public speaking. He co-founded Canvas on Demand in 2003 and took it from a startup to the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. This earned him a spot as a finalist in the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In September of 2010, Joe sold his company to online custom products leader CafePress. While there, he continued his role on the executive leadership team as its Chief Marketing Officer until 2013. 

In 2013, Joe shifted focus towards applying his digital marketing expertise to the global abolition movement. He founded the Audacity Factory, a non-profit incubator and accelerator for organizations fighting for more than 40 million people trapped in modern slavery.

In 2016, Audacity took the helm of, the world’s largest anti-slavery movement with over 8 million members. Within a year, relaunched as Freedom United. Working with nearly 100 nonprofits around the world, Freedom United uses digital tools and techniques to sway governments and business to end modern slavery. 

Joe has been asked to speak and consult with organizations, corporations and conferences around the world, including the United Nations University, Crowdsourcing Week and London’s TRUST Conference. He has inspired and motivated audiences by sharing his expertise on using digital tools to engage the public on behalf of humanitarian efforts as well as ecommerce ventures.