Entrepreneurship

Cam Heaps (BA ’95) Keeps Steam Whistle Brewing Going Strong

Posted by on July 8th, 2015

Can a Philosophy degree lead to a multi-million dollar business? Cam Heaps might have an answer. In 1998, while talking around a campfire, Heaps and some friends came up with the idea of starting their own brewery. Within a month, Steam Whistle Brewing was incorporated. The company now employs over 100 workers, is one of […]

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Laurier students bring bubble sports to KW and the GTA

Posted by on June 25th, 2015

About a year ago, Laurier students Mandy Gu and Edward Qian started GeeseRabbit, a business that rents out inflatable “zorbs” – giant, transparent bubbles that fit from above users’ heads to just above their knees – used to play sports such as soccer. Gu and Qian got the idea for GeeseRabbit after watching a viral […]

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Maker Expo connects with Laurier’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship

Posted by on June 19th, 2015

Maker Expo extends a leaping-high-five to this trio of walking-the-talk entrepreneurship gurus at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. On Monday of this week, my Maker Expo co-organizer, Cam Turner and I (DW) met up with these folks; the topic of conversation was how we can, for the mutual benefit of all, connect some […]

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Bartesian is Shaking and Stirring up an Industry

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

Bryan Fedorak MBA ’14 and Jason Neevel met as undergraduates and quickly became fast friends, sharing a passion for problem-solving during the day and socializing at night. They graduated – Bryan also completed an MBA at Laurier – and now they’ve started a business that complements their interests. They’re banking on people wanting to mix […]

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First-year Laurier BBA students compete in annual PepsiCo Pitch Competition

Posted by on February 13th, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 6, Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics hosted its sixth-annual PepsiCo Pitch Competition. The competition, which introduces over 1,000 first-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students to the ‘art of the pitch,’ features students’ individual two-minute ‘elevator’ pitches for a new business idea. All first-year BBA students participate in the […]

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LaunchPad startup and co-founder nominated for 3 KW Chamber Business Excellence Awards

Posted by on January 6th, 2015

Laurier LaunchPad startup, Local Line – a platform that connects chefs with local food in their communities – has been nominated for Small Business of the Year and the Environment and Sustainability Award as part of the KW Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for 2015. Additionally, Local Line Co-Founder Cole Jones, a fourth-year philosophy […]

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Who Will You Choose As Your Founding Partners?

Posted by on December 15th, 2014

One of the most important decisions you will make in your startup business is the selection of who you will work with as founding partners.  This will lay the foundation for many successful decisions you will make in the future. The right partners will complement each other and set the right path for the startup.  […]

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