News and Updates

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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Laurier Startup Fund Invests in Proteocyte Diagnostics

Posted by on December 3rd, 2014

Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, today announced investments made by members of the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) including the Laurier Startup Fund. GTAN members join the current group of shareholders focused on accelerating the market introduction of Straticyte™ for early and more objective detection […]

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Laurier entrepreneurs highlighted in 2014 Tech Spotlight

Posted by on November 7th, 2014

The 2014 Tech Spotlight, released this week, is packed with profiles of people leading the way in the KW entrepreneurship ecosystem and Laurier alumni are right at the heart of it. Read up on these Laurier grads and how their work is shaping the future: Iain Klugman (MBA), CEO: Communitech Rick Endrulat (MBA), Founder: Virtual […]

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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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