Hub Spotlight:

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

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

Boris Skurikhin, Mahdi Aleali, and Poorya Gohargani are all co-founders of is a fully managed cloud platform for online and hybrid learning that allows anyone to build their very own online school. They offer fast onboarding, low pricing and push out continuous innovative features. curates their platform for the needs of high school students, educators, and administrators. 

 We sat down with the team to get the inside scoop on how they started and what they hope to get out of the Hub Incubator Program!

How did you come up with

Before starting, a couple of us were working with private schools in the GTA as tutors and later as online instructors and teaching assistants. We were all from the first generation of students to really use technology and learning management solutions to complement learning in high schools. After working with the schools as educators, we had experienced first-hand the deficiencies and inefficiencies of these systems from both sides of the learning experience. As we became aware of the unreasonably high prices schools were paying for these subpar systems, we became certain of our ability to provide a lot more value by offering a higher quality system at a lower price. 

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

After completing the first version of the product in fall 2020 and acquiring our first customer, we were exploring ways to take the business to the next level, and joining the Hub program seemed like an excellent next step for us. Our goal is to power every single school in the world, and the network of companies and mentors that we can access through the Hub can help us get through these earlier stages of the company and get closer to our goal.

What do you hope to get out of the Hub?

We hope that all of the Hub’s experience and connections from years of working with entrepreneurs and business experts can help us at make progress towards our goals. We hope to employ the frameworks and mechanisms they provide us with to improve our productivity and the quality of the work each of us produces. We also believe that brainstorming and sharing common challenges with other entrepreneurs can help clarify our vision for the future while also giving us a motivation boost.

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

If you are considering starting a company I recommend you first discuss your ideas with people you trust to be open-minded and honest. Next, do research and try to gain as much information as you can about the specific industry and possible competitors. Afterwards, if you still wish to pursue your plan I would strongly suggest you prepare yourself for a long path full of challenges you need to face in the short and long run. Time plays a very important role in the success of a company and consistency is key. You need to know that especially at the early stages of your journey you may not find the path as financially rewarding as you expected, therefore as a founder, you need to fall in love with the problem you’re hoping to solve and not see money as their only source of joy.

At last, I would recommend for you to see the journey of entrepreneurship as a way to get to know the real world and elevate as an individual by identifying a problem in the world and coming up with something that solves it.

To learn more about their business check out their website.  


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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