Allison Kane Memorial Prize Recipient is Jacob Elliott

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2020

Written by The John F. Wood Centre For Business and Student Enterprise

Gordon S. LANG School of Business and Economics Graduate Jacob Elliott
The John F. Wood Centre would like to congratulate Jacob Elliott as the 2020 recipient of the Allison Kane Memorial Entrepreneurship Prize. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has completed the Wood Centre’s Business Consulting Course and has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to community-based entrepreneurship. 
 
The scholarship was established in memory of Allison Kane, a former University of Guelph student who returned to her family business after graduation and was a well-respected leader in her community.
 
The Wood Centre is proud to present this award to Jacob in Allison Kane’s memory.  Jacob is a graduating LANG student who has contributed to the campus community and beyond through his unwavering passion and commitment to community-based entrepreneurship.­­­­­
 
Jacob has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. At the young age of 16, he started a garden business from his family home.  The experience of owning a business motivated him to pursue a management economics and finance degree so that he could learn and help other small business owners understand the financial implications of their business operations. Jacob will be the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. 
 
Early on in his university studies, Jacob became a Peer Helper through the John F. Wood Centre where he helped build and lead a team of 12 student volunteers to represent the Wood Centre at various events and share the benefits of entrepreneurship with fellow students.  Through this commitment, Jacob’s passion for community-based entrepreneurship shone as he grew the volunteer ambassador program over a three-year period, impacting hundreds of students across campus through outreach activities.  Jacob also contributed to the University of Guelph community by co-developing and facilitating workshops for entrepreneurs around coding and financial literacy. 
 
After completing the business consulting course through the Wood Centre, Jacob began working with various startups and even launched a co-owned business called TapHax, which aimed at reducing household water usage. 
 
Jacob will be graduating this semester and is heading off to new ventures. The Wood Centre would like to thank Jacob for his commitment to community-based entrepreneurship and for the lasting impact he has had on the University campus and broader Guelph community.  We want to wish Jacob well as he forges ahead as an entrepreneur!

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