News and Updates

LaunchPad Startup imminy Advises CODE Hackathon Participants

Posted by on February 23rd, 2015

Last year, over 900 Canadians entered the contest, and the winning team included Carlos Saavedra, who’s still a student at Ontario’s University of Waterloo and the founder of imminy. He spent the first day of the 2014 competition doing research and thinking of what type of problem he and his partner could solve. Saavedra’s project imminy […]

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Cole Jones Named Ontario’s 2015 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion

Posted by on February 9th, 2015

Cole Jones, owner of Local Line and student at Wilfrid Laurier University, has been named Ontario’s 2015 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion. Provincial Champions coast to coast were named by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.

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LaunchPad Entrepreneur Shares First Experience

Posted by on February 8th, 2015

Rebekah Borody is an MBA Candidate and just entered the Laurier LaunchPad program… without a business idea! She shares her personal story of what it was like to start LaunchPad and discover an entrepreneurial idea.

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Kitchener startup draws direct line from farm to fork

Posted by on February 6th, 2015

Local Line Inc., a Kitchener-based business that makes that direct connection from farm to fork. “It’s a system that makes it as easy as possible for chefs to get their hands on local food,” says Cole Jones, Local Line’s co-founder and chief executive officer. The online platform allows Local Line clients, farmers and chefs alike […]

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JumpStart program gets $8M funding boost: Laurier LaunchPad partners in delivery of program

Posted by on January 15th, 2015

Now, with the funding boost, as many as 180 startups, or about 45 companies a year, will go through the program over the next four years and create as many as 700 jobs. Meanwhile, other institutions, including the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College, will be involved as delivery partners along with […]

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Laurier working toward ‘Changemaker Campus’ designation

Posted by on December 18th, 2014

Wilfrid Laurier University has taken the first steps toward earning official recognition for its commitment to social innovation education. Ashoka U — an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs — has deemed 29 universities from around the world “Changemaker Campuses.” This designation recognizes the institutions’ visions to become global drivers of […]

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Congrats to Ted Hastings, BBA ’97, who was recently named President of Perk.com

Posted by on December 17th, 2014

One of Kitchener/Waterloo’s most successful entrepreneurs has landed a role at Perk.com. Ted Hastings, founder of Rebellion Media, has an impressive track record and raised the largest private equity financing in Canadian history at $160 million with Cyberplex.

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