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TrafficSoda, a LaunchPad startup, does a Q&A with BrainStation

Posted by on July 28th, 2015

BrainStation spoke with Jessica Chalk, Founder and CEO of TrafficSoda, a tool to help online marketers drive traffic to their website. She shares a bit about her background and a few of her productivity secrets. Check it out!

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Cam Heaps (BA ’95) Keeps Steam Whistle Brewing Going Strong

Posted by on July 8th, 2015

Can a Philosophy degree lead to a multi-million dollar business? Cam Heaps might have an answer. In 1998, while talking around a campfire, Heaps and some friends came up with the idea of starting their own brewery. Within a month, Steam Whistle Brewing was incorporated. The company now employs over 100 workers, is one of […]

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Laurier students bring bubble sports to KW and the GTA

Posted by on June 25th, 2015

About a year ago, Laurier students Mandy Gu and Edward Qian started GeeseRabbit, a business that rents out inflatable “zorbs” – giant, transparent bubbles that fit from above users’ heads to just above their knees – used to play sports such as soccer. Gu and Qian got the idea for GeeseRabbit after watching a viral […]

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Maker Expo connects with Laurier’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship

Posted by on June 19th, 2015

Maker Expo extends a leaping-high-five to this trio of walking-the-talk entrepreneurship gurus at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. On Monday of this week, my Maker Expo co-organizer, Cam Turner and I (DW) met up with these folks; the topic of conversation was how we can, for the mutual benefit of all, connect some […]

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Bartesian is Shaking and Stirring up an Industry

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

Bryan Fedorak MBA ’14 and Jason Neevel met as undergraduates and quickly became fast friends, sharing a passion for problem-solving during the day and socializing at night. They graduated – Bryan also completed an MBA at Laurier – and now they’ve started a business that complements their interests. They’re banking on people wanting to mix […]

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Ryan Smolkin BBA ’95, founder of Smoke’s Poutinerie plans to open 1,300 restaurants

Posted by on June 12th, 2015

Ryan Smolkin (BBA ‘95) , the founder of the successful Smoke’s Poutinerie franchise, is not only taking his poutine down south and to arenas and stadiums across North America, he’s adding a “Smoke’s Weinerie” to his brand as he aims for global domination. As a student at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ryan was always covering Kraft […]

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Joanne Benham Rennick named director: social innovation and social entrepreneurship

Posted by on June 10th, 2015

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Laurier Associate Professor Joanne Benham Rennick to the position of director: social Innovation and social entrepreneurship (SI+SE). Benham Rennick will be responsible for leading and coordinating Laurier activity funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE program, which also provides the funding for the position. The RECODE grant provides Laurier […]

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