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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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Eventpeeks makes Twitter real for the World Cup

Posted by on June 9th, 2015

Eventpeeks’ core product is a social media broadcasting platform that curates and compiles social media posts to be shown live on-screen during events like the Junos, TIFF or the YouTube Fan Fest, as well as an analytics platform that measures the audience engaging with the event. John Beresford, co-founder and managing partner at Eventpeeks, says […]

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Laurier alumni’s startup Bonfire featured by CBC

Posted by on May 14th, 2015

Flatt is a grad of Wilfrid Laurier University, as is Andrew Wilgar, the company’s director of customer relations. The university is now among Bonfire’s clients “Before, in our old system, we had essentially a booklet that was handwritten, people had to get basically big binders full of requests for proposals that came in,” said Tracey Ens, the manager of procurement services for […]

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