Meet The Hub - Cohort V
We are super excited to welcome our next Hub cohort! We have 4 awesome businesses this summer and we'll be sure to share each step of their journey with you:
The Advocacy Project
Naomi Stager and Roya Janemi are both University of Guelph graduates with a passion for fostering accessibility. Now through the Advocacy Project, they have their sights set on creating a platform to implement outreach training programs that foster the development of self-advocacy skills in high school students with disabilities. Through initiating training programs early in high school, The Advocacy Project hopes to give their clients a head start; one that will ease the transition process into post-secondary education.
Brandon Bennett started BBKD Investments in 2013 while studying Management Economics and Finance at the University of Guelph. Since then, Zack Brittain has joined Brandon and together they have expanded to managing $4.8 million, using a competitive model to attract clients away from the big banks and institutional investment firms. BBKD charges lower than the market rate for their services and has outperformed the market by over 11% since inception. BBKD Investments is looking to leverage the networks and knowledge that CBaSE and Innovation Guelph have to explore more opportunities for expansion.
Shervin Aslani, Daniela Marek, Brad Holder, and Francisco Espino-Valenzuela want to improve the quality of life of those afflicted with drop foot. Rehab Tec has developed an effective, unnoticeable solution that reduces the muscle activation required to lift your leg, allowing patients to move more naturally again. They will be exploring other applications and markets for their prototype this summer.
Youth Circus Project
After watching a Cirque du Soleil performance, Andrew Giordano was inspired to become a circus artist. Taken aback by the amazing feats he saw, Andrew felt he could transcend his limitations by learning how to perform these feats himself. He wanted to share this inspiration with others, and so began the inklings of the Youth Circus Project with workshops aimed to empower children through circus art. Andrew is now looking to build a team to do large-scale workshops and expand the reach of the Project.
About The Hub
Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, you can receive the support to grow or begin your startup. The Hub offers UofG students and alumni funding, dedicated office space and access to experienced entrepreneurs. The Hub focuses on helping startups develop a strong business model that can be rigorously tested and intelligently scaled.
The program is available to University of Guelph students and alumni working on innovative projects. Eligible teams must have at least one co-founder who is a current University of Guelph student or alumnus between the ages of 18 to 29. The Hub focuses on businesses in the beverage and food, life sciences, agriculture or social enterprise sectors but all ideas are welcome.