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    Kirby Schlegel (MBA ’03): Exit Strategy

    Kirby Schlegel (MBA ’03): Exit Strategy

    Laurier MBA alumnus (’03), and Founder & Chairmen of Schlegel Sports, Kirby Schlegel, talks about his experiences developing an exit strategy and some of lessons he’s learnt as a result.

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    David

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    Ray DePaul (MBA ’94): Mentorship

    Ray DePaul (MBA ’94): Mentorship

    Laurier MBA alumnus and former President & CEO of RapidMind Inc., Ray DePaul, shares his experiences with mentorship as an entrepreneurship, and some of the valuable lessons he has learnt along the way.

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    David

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    Rahul Raj (BBA ’97): Mentorship

    Rahul Raj (BBA ’97): Mentorship

    Laurier alumnus (BBA ’97), Founder of MealExchange, and Director of Sustainability & Merchandising Innovation at Walmart.ca, Rahul Raj, shares some valuable advice about how to take full advantage of your mentorship opportunities. Rahul also shares some great insight and strategies to help evolve your mentor-mentee relationship into a mutually beneficial life-long friendship.

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    David

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    A Typical Day for Laurier Alumnus Dana Fox

    A Typical Day for Laurier Alumnus Dana Fox

    Laurier alumnus (BBA ’81), and Founder & President of Clevru, Dana Fox, shares with us what a typical day is like as the CEO of Clevru.

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    David

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    Ryan Smolkin (BBA ’95) – Poutine Dynasty

    Ryan Smolkin (BBA ’95) – Poutine Dynasty

    Courtesy of the Laurier Department of Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing Laurier alumnus Ryan Smolkin (BBA, ’95) talks about his poutine dynasty, and what he believes are the best ingredients for entrepreneurial success. To read the full interview with Ryan Smolkin in Laurier’s Campus Magazine, please visit: www.wlu.ca/CampusMagazine

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    Victoria Larke

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    Mentorship – Cam Heaps (BA ’95)

    Mentorship – Cam Heaps (BA ’95)

    Steamwhistle co-founder Cam Heaps (BA Hons ’95)  explains how mentorship plays a role in entrepreneurial success.

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    Ryan Burgio

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    Financing E*Trade Canada – Colleen Moorehead (BBA ’81)

    Financing E*Trade Canada – Colleen Moorehead (BBA ’81)

    Colleen Moorhead (BBA ’81), Founder and former President of E*Trade Canada, discusses the financing of E*Trade Canada in its early years.

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    Victoria Larke

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    David Ceolin (BBA ’89) – Do’s & Don’ts When Approaching Investors

    David Ceolin (BBA ’89) – Do’s & Don’ts When Approaching Investors

    Entrepreneur in Residence David Ceolin (BBA, ’89) shares three things he’s learned when approaching potential investors.

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    Victoria Larke

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    Alumnus takes over the internet with mystery crowdfunding

    Posted by on July 17th, 2014

    $9 will get you… something. Jordan Bishop (BBA ’13) is running a campaign on Crowdtilt and asking for your blind support. He mysteriously says that it’s “something you will give to someone else” and “you can easily use at least 12 of these within the next 12 months”. There will be 24 unique SKUs to choose from [...]

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    Your customer interviews just got easier with Google Forms

    Posted by on July 17th, 2014

    The Laurier Launchpad program emphasizes customer interviews throughout the lean startup process. The idea is that feedback and insights from these potential customers will be the basis for product and business decisions moving forward. This reduces the tendency for entrepreneurs to rely on their own untested assumptions or gut feelings. At Teknically, interviews have been [...]

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    Play the Student Card

    Posted by on July 14th, 2014

    Being a student has its perks, especially when it comes to building your startup. When my partner and I started building Local Line we told EVERYONE we were students. Why? Because it’s the easiest way to get a few minutes with the people you want to talk to. The idea that students are these young, [...]

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    How Do I Get Traffic My New Website?

    Posted by on July 11th, 2014

    You have this awesome new online store, business website, or SaaS business, now how do you get people to your website? You built it, they will come! Right?? Wrong! They odd person may stumble across your site, and your friends my visit, but that is about it. We experienced this same dilemma with our SaaS [...]

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    What is your sales cycle?

    Posted by on July 7th, 2014

    At StartLight Labs we’re on the hunt for our next (few) customers and thinking really hard about what our sales cycle and funnel looks, feels, and acts like. If you’re familiar with us, we’re building custom smartphone apps for large golf tournaments with tens of thousands of fans such as the LPGA and PGA. To [...]

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    Hiring for a Startup

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2014

    When you are first starting your company – whether it’s by yourself, with a co-founder or several, one of the last things on your mind is recruiting. You have a million other things on your mind ranging from ‘are we even equipped to run a business?’ to ‘how do we set up a bank account?’ [...]

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    Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

    Posted by on July 1st, 2014

    You have an idea for a killer business. You think it’s genius, your parents act like they’re blown away by your intellect, and your friends think it’s brilliant,…but really, it’s just an idea. Until you have a business model and measurable evidence, you’re dreaming. What do you need to get from whiteboard to boardroom? Validation [...]

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