Hub Spotlight: Perry’s Sustainable Design

Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2020

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At Perry’s Sustainable Design, they help turn one person’s trash into another person’s treasure. Based out of Guelph, Ontario, they take unwanted furniture and make it into something beautiful. Customers provide them with an item they would like to have refurbished. Perry's then gives it a complete makeover and turns it into a one of a kind piece of art. Once finished, customers are asked if they love it or if they want to list it. If you love it, they simply charge you for the service of refinishing it. On the other hand, if you list it, they will give you 10% off your next purchase and your item will become a part of their inventory to be sold in store. This process helps consumers reduce their carbon footprint while also allowing you to fall in love with that old unwanted chair or dresser!
Matthew Terry, the founder of Perry's Sustainable Design, has a very unique journey into entrepreneurship. A journey that started with extreme stress over the difficulty of finding a co-op placement during a pandemic and ended in a new opportunity that is improving life!   

How did you come up with Perry's Sustainable Design?

Sustainable living has always been a passion of mine and will always be a lifestyle everyone should strive for. After living in Guelph for a few weeks after the university had closed, I started seeing loads of furniture being discarded as students were moving out of their houses as they were having to clear out all of their belongings. This made me try to think of ways I could help mitigate this waste and being the fanatic for interior design that I am, I thought, what better way to reduce this waste than to show people that one person’s trash truly can be another person’s treasure. It was this thought the spiraled into the great idea that is Perry’s Sustainable Design. 

What motivated you to take the next step and apply to the Hub?

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was having difficulty trying to find a co-op placement for the summer. With only a couple weeks left to go before the deadline, I was informed about the Hub and I figured it would be a great opportunity to put my entrepreneurial skills to the test. As someone who is continuously trying to come up with the next best business idea, I was ecstatic about the opportunity and had to jump on it. 

What do you hope to get out of the Hub?

What I hope to get out of the Hub is valuable knowledge and experience regarding what it takes to run a successful business and how to grow it in the future. I also hope to make many new connections with like-minded entrepreneurs that are looking to turn their million-dollar ideas into something real.  

Do you have any advice for someone with a business idea in mind, but are not sure what to do next?

My recommendation is to do some preliminary research first and foremost that way you at least have an idea of what you’re getting into. The next step would be to propose the idea to some friends and family and see what they think about it. If all this goes well, even if there are some doubters, you must take all  I highly recommend reaching out to the Hub as it is a great place to get all the resources and support you would need to get your business off the ground. 

Housed within the John F. Wood Centre for Business & Student Enterprise (Wood Centre), the Hub is a business incubator designed to support early-stage business ideas with high-potential, but unproven business models. The goal of the Hub is to provide University of Guelph students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni the opportunity to build a successful business enterprise in a supportive learning environment.

The Hub has a tiered program that ensures a good mix of start-up companies at varying stages of growth. “Hub Start” is for ventures still getting their idea off the ground. These ventures typically have a great team and a great idea, but still have not demonstrated product-market fit with traction. “Hub Build” is for ventures with traction looking to refine their business model and/or scale.


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