Failure is good.
It’s good when you’re trying your hand at improv acting; it improves it, makes it more entertaining. And, according to some successful business owners, failure can also be good for entrepreneurs.
This was just one of the many lessons learned during the first-ever Startup Crawl hosted by Innovation Guelph and CBaSE on July 31st.
University of Guelph students, alumni, CBaSE and IG staff travelled by foot through the charming streets of downtown Guelph to meet some of the inspiring entrepreneurs who weave the community together.
When it comes to preparing potatoes, how to dispose of the peels is usually the last thing on the mind of any cook.
For local restaurateur and business leader Court Desautels, finding a creative method to reuse potato peels at the restaurants that encompass his The Neighbourhood Group of Companies was only one of many innovative ways that helped the Guelph-based family-owned company become a Certified B Corporation.
Normally, if you tell a Guelph student they’re going to be stuck in the Science Complex all weekend, perhaps even into the night, they are apprehensive to say the least. During the Improve Life Challenge, though, they jump at the chance to band together with other students, community partners, and mentors to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
It seems like just yesterday the Ambassador team found ourselves working with a talented group of computer science students to put together A-Code-Amy in efforts to bring together the gryphon community with the common goal of learning some new skills in Python – does time ever fly!
Most people would find it totally overwhelming to start a new business when they already have 1400 goats, a guard llama, over 600 acres, and four sons to keep track of. Luckily for the ice cream lovers of this world, Cheryl and Greg Haskett are not most people.
A few years ago, when this married couple was setting goals for their goat dairy farm, they decided it would be a good time to turn Cheryl’s ice-cream-making hobby into a whole new company. The idea became Udderly Ridiculous.
In the years since drones became commercially available we’ve heard a lot of good things about them – they’re fun to use, capture amazing imagery, and can be our eyes at heights where it’s dangerous for a person to climb. We’ve also heard some troubling things, as people question whether drone flights are safe for aviation or respectful of privacy.
Fortunately, Dronemates is here to make the good better and leave the bad in the dust.
Jarrett Blair and Charles-Étienne Ferland spent a summer driving around Guelph and nearby communities, collecting canola samples for the UofG lab where they both worked. As students of biodiversity and entomology, respectively, their thoughts on those long car rides often turned to bugs. The pair bounced around ideas for a mobile app – one that could put their hard-won, specialized knowledge into everyone’s hands by identifying insects on sight.
One concept – many products
What can a Guelph student get with a loonie? A few things – two cookies or extra cheese at the Bullring, a beer at Trappers on Thursdays, or ten photocopies at the Library.
What can a Guelph student get, though, with a loonie and a great idea? A kick started career, mentorship from famous business leaders, and a global impact.
With a new semester comes a fresh Cohort of exciting businesses into The Hub. With this Cohort The Hub continues to support businesses from a wide variety of industries. This Cohort's businesses have amazing products and services and without further ado we would love to share more with you about each business.