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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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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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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Getting More Done in a Day

Posted by on November 6th, 2014

Do you ever look at some of your most successful colleagues and wonder, “How do they do it all?”  When your friends tell you of their latest endeavor, do you catch yourself thinking how they find time for sleep? While you’re trying to figure out if their days can possibly have as many hours as […]

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The Impact Equation

Posted by on November 3rd, 2014

We get it- social media is powerful. What we don’t get is how to harness its power and customize it to each of our businesses. Far too often it feels like the most popular social media strategy is to throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and hope something sticks. In other words, many do […]

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Slaying the Hydra: Managing startup business risk

Posted by on October 30th, 2014

All businesses are inherently risky, but none are more risky than an untested startup. Business analysts discuss at great lengths the relationship of risk versus reward. Actuaries, accountants and investors have attempted to turn the analysis of risk into a definitive and empirical science. While great strides have been made in reducing the uncertainty in […]

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How Do You Test a Niche Market Without Spending?

Posted by on October 28th, 2014

I’ve always had a compelling need to go fast on anything with 2 wheels.  Especially if it involved doing this on dirt.  I’ve never really understood why, but for longer than most readers have been alive, I’ve been going down trails as fast as I can on coaster bikes, motorcycles and mountain bikes. I left […]

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