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LaunchPad company Joycult featured in Brantford Expositor

Posted by on August 26th, 2015

Not very long ago, Matt Watkinson’s passion for skateboarding led him only to a minimum wage job at a skate shop. With the help of a entrepreneurship program offered through the provincial government, Watkinson has started a specialized Brantford-based business called Joycult with customers around the world. His home has become the production site for […]

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Grocera offers online shopping for local food

Posted by on August 11th, 2015

A pair of young entrepreneurs believe they are among the first in Canada to connect people with sources of local food using online shopping and home deliveries. Patrick Valoppi and Niket Soni founded Grocera in February and now deliver fresh bread, meat, vegetables, fruit and snacks five days a week to customers around Waterloo Region.

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CBC’s Next Gen Den is looking for young, early-stage entrepreneurs

Posted by on August 5th, 2015

Last year, CBC launched an exclusively online version of Dragons’ Den called NEXT GEN DEN. This features a panel of three Dragons who are looking to invest in the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs. Based on its tremendous success, NEXT GEN DEN is back for a 2nd season. They are looking for early-stage young entrepreneurs (40 years […]

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Laurier students work in front-end development for legal startup company

Posted by on July 31st, 2015

Henry Goddard and George Lifchits, both in their final year at Laurier, work in front-end development for a legal startup called Beagle. The Kitchener company’s software makes the process of reviewing legal contracts faster and more efficient. “The company is a brainchild of our CEO and founder, Cian O’Sullivan,” said Goddard, a BBA/Computing and Computer Electronics […]

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TrafficSoda, a LaunchPad startup, does a Q&A with BrainStation

Posted by on July 28th, 2015

BrainStation spoke with Jessica Chalk, Founder and CEO of TrafficSoda, a tool to help online marketers drive traffic to their website. She shares a bit about her background and a few of her productivity secrets. Check it out!

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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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