First-year Laurier BBA students compete in annual PepsiCo Pitch Competition

Posted by on February 13th, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 6, Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business & Economics hosted its sixth-annual PepsiCo Pitch Competition. The competition, which introduces over 1,000 first-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students to the ‘art of the pitch,’ features students’ individual two-minute ‘elevator’ pitches for a new business idea. All first-year BBA students participate in the […]

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LaunchPad startup and co-founder nominated for 3 KW Chamber Business Excellence Awards

Posted by on January 6th, 2015

Laurier LaunchPad startup, Local Line – a platform that connects chefs with local food in their communities – has been nominated for Small Business of the Year and the Environment and Sustainability Award as part of the KW Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for 2015. Additionally, Local Line Co-Founder Cole Jones, a fourth-year philosophy […]

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Who Will You Choose As Your Founding Partners?

Posted by on December 15th, 2014

One of the most important decisions you will make in your startup business is the selection of who you will work with as founding partners.  This will lay the foundation for many successful decisions you will make in the future. The right partners will complement each other and set the right path for the startup.  […]

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Q&A with Carson Kolberg: How a haircut inspired Meal in a Jar

Posted by on December 3rd, 2014

When Carson Kolberg (BA ’13) saw a mason jar filled with layers of fresh ingredients sitting on his hairstylist’s workstation, the budding entrepreneur was inspired. He reached out to the jar’s creator, Waterloo resident Irene Divaris, who started making the jars for her family out of their dinner leftovers. The two quickly joined forces and […]

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3 Startup Tips from an Experienced LaunchPad Mentor

Posted by on November 13th, 2014

There is no shortage of smart people in the KW startup ecosystem. As a mentor and supporter of Laurier’s LaunchPad program I’ve had the opportunity to engage directly with some of the regions best minds as they look to attack a market, solve a customer problem or make the world a better place. I am […]

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Workplace happiness? There’s an app for that

Posted by on November 11th, 2014

In September 2009, Canadian professional lacrosse player Jim Moss (BA ’12) was training for the new season by running up a mountain. Just 48 hours later, he couldn’t walk. Moss and his wife Jennifer, who was seven and a half months pregnant, were told that Jim had contracted a rare auto-immune disease and would lose […]

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What does it take to build the next big thing?

Posted by on November 10th, 2014

Through my experiences as an undergraduate student I’ve seen the two sides of the student spectrum. On one hand, through amazing programs like LaunchPad, I’ve spoken to students who wake up hustling and trying to build the next big thing. On the other hand, I’ve spoken to students who are lost. They have big dreams […]

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