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Laurier receives $500,000 social entrepreneurship grant from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Posted by on November 7th, 2014

Wilfrid Laurier University has been selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to support social entrepreneurship and the creation of social innovation zones at its Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford locations. The three-year donation, which is granted under the foundation’s RECODE program, will supplement Laurier’s academic programs in social entrepreneurship by […]

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Laurier launches campaign to ‘Build Canada’s Best Business School’

Posted by on October 17th, 2014

Wilfrid Laurier University is announcing a landmark fundraising campaign. The Building Canada’s Best Business School campaign aims to raise $55 million for the School of Business & Economics. “Laurier’s School of Business and Economics is located in Canada’s best ecosystem for management education,” explains Dean Micheál Kelly. “Surrounded by entrepreneurs and some of Canada’s most […]

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Laurier Startup Fund Highlighted in The Globe and Mail

Posted by on October 3rd, 2014

Last week, Laurier received $1-million over five years from Larry Marsland and family, with half for the Laurier Startup Fund. The fund, which opened last year with an initial donor gift of $1-million, is managed by fourth-year commerce undergraduates and graduate business students who apply for the opportunity to participate and earn credit for the […]

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Waterloo family donates $1M to help ‘build Canada’s best business school’ at Laurier

Posted by on September 24th, 2014

The Marsland family has donated $1 million to Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics – half going to the construction of the new Global Innovation Exchange building, and half going toward the Laurier Startup Fund. The donation was made by Larry Marsland, his wife Margaret, son Brad and daughter Melanie. “We pool our […]

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Province invests $3.3m to support entrepreneurship education at Waterloo’s two universities

Posted by on September 18th, 2014

The Ontario government is providing a significant investment in entrepreneurship programming in Waterloo Region that will help the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University support young people in creating new jobs. The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, today announced a $3.3-million grant to be shared by the two universities in […]

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New Venture Service Invests $1.9M in Plasticity Labs

Posted by on September 9th, 2014

Plasticity began as a LaunchPad company known as The Smile Epidemic. They have since graduated LaunchPad, gone on to graduate Communitech’s HYPERDRIVE program, and have now secured a large financing round with Fibernetics Ventures as the lead investor.

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LaunchPad Startup Teknically Joins Google Innovation Space

Posted by on September 5th, 2014

Hosted by Communitech as part of Google for Entrepreneurs, five startups will take residence in the Google Innovation Space this fall. The mini-cohort will tap into a supporting ecosystem for entrepreneurs looking to gain mentorship, funding and growth opportunities. Within the program, companies receive six months of co-working space, enrollment in courses like the Fundamentals […]

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