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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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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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Has Elon Musk started an intelligence revolution?

Posted by on June 26th, 2014

The greatest inventions have the power to change modern human history and they all start with two things in common. Revolutionary innovations have inventors and, more importantly from the perspective of making money, a 20-year exclusive legal rights document protecting the invention’s intellectual property – a patent. Recently, the course of patent history changed as […]

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