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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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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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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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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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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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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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