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The Hub Startup Showcase 2018

Are you passionate about solving problems important to you while also improving lives of people around the world? Our Hub Incubator Startups feel the same way and have been working away for the past semester to strengthen their business model, complete customer discovery, and prototype their product.

Cohort 11 of the Hub Incubator are not only solving problems faced by populations around the world, but also answered the “how” in well-rehearsed, captivating 3-minute pitch presentations at the Hub Startup Showcase on Wednesday, December 5th at the Royal Brock Hotel.

Meet Cohort 11!

Cohort 11 of our Hub Incubator program has been working hard this semester to further develop their business ideas, build prototypes, gain customer discovery, and more! We are very proud of all of their accomplishments and are excited to celebrate each of the businesses at our Hub Startup Showcase on December 5th, 2018. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit our registration page!

Lendr Launches its App!

It was a typical day for second year university students, Ryan Frampton and Drew Mortensen.

The temperature outside was dropping, the leaves were changing colour, and Ryan and Drew were spending their first Saturday of the fall semester lounging at home, full off KD, brainstorming how they could get text books without breaking their bank.

During their quest of exploring options, they realized a problem.

Philip Hipkiss: Side Hustler Extraordinaire

Philip Hipkiss. The man, the myth, the legend. To some people, Phil is the Director of Finance. To others, he is the owner of the local brewey - and to some, he is a landlord.

No matter what role Phil is embracing, there is one thing that is for certain: Phil is a side hustler extraordinaire.

As the Director of Finance at Sivantos Group, the co-founder of Block Three Brewing Company and the owner of multiple rental properties, Phil’s journey to where he is today wasn’t easy.

Startup Crawl 2018

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. 

The Power of Social Enterprise in the Food Industry

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.

Improve Life Challenge 2018

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.

The CBaSE A-Code-Amy

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!

Udderly Ridiculous: A Daring Dairy

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.

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