Hub Spotlight: Este Sustainable Kitchens

Este Sustinable Kitchen is on a mission. A mission to make healthy and sustainable living acceccisble to everyone! Sara Corcoran, the founder, has been enthusiastic about nutrition since she was young, but it wasn't until she started her Master's degree at the University of Guelph that she realized the connection between human health and the enivornment and the need for sustainable, nutritous food solutions. We recently caught up with Sara and learned about how she turned her passion into a noble business. 

Meet our Fall 2020 Hub Incubator Cohort

Housed within the John F. Wood Centre for Business & Student Enterprise (Wood Centre), The Hub is a new-venture 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.

Hub Spotlight: LEVR Toronto

LEVR Toronto deals with the buying, selling, and repair of light electric vehicles specializing in electric skateboards within the GTA. LEVR Toronto understands maintenance procedures on several well-known brands and charges a fee for services.
Mark Mooradian, an undergraduate Marketing Management student at UofG, leveraged the observations he made while living in Toronto to launch his career as an entrepreneur. We got the full scoop on how he went from being a skateboard owner to the founder of his own company.  
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Hub Spotlight: Perry’s Sustainable Design

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.

Hub Spotlight: Pangea

Pangea is a reusable water bottle company dedicated to providing clean water to international travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. The bottle contains a powerful, user-friendly filtration mechanism to create potable water no matter where you are in the world.

Hub Spotlight: K9 Lifelines

K9 Lifelines helps individuals with disabilities acquire lifesaving service dogs who aid their owners with day to day tasks that would otherwise be extremely difficult. K9 Lifelines specializes in psychiatric and mobility service dog; their experienced trainers provide fully trained service dogs and aid individuals training their own service dog through the entire process from selecting the right dog to advanced obedience training and specialized skills training to help mitigate their owners disability.

Hub Spotlight: Living Glass Inc.

Living Glass Inc. provides solutions to indoor plant growing. They sell maintenance-free plants grown inside a glass ornament by integrating tissue-culture technology. Living Glass plants grow without the need of watering or light. We had the privelege of getting the inside story about Dennis Zhu's, the founder of Living Glass Inc., journey to becoming an entrepreneur!

Hub Spotlight: Let the Dog Out

Let The Dog Out (LTDO) is an on-demand dog care company that focuses on providing freedom for busy dog owners. By guaranteeing the availability of top-quality dog care 8-8, 7 days a week, busy dog owners can live any lifestyle they choose, and always have access to great dog care.

LTDO was founded by partners Amy Mitter, a University of Guelph alumni, and Will Mitter. Will is a passionate dog owner, living in Guelph, and we were fortunate to chat with him about their entrepreneurial journey!

Hub Spotlight: Forward Innovation

Forward Innovation provides design solutions for demanding industry problems. With a foundation in agriculture and ambitious goals to expand to other industries, they aim to provide mechanical designs with quality and integrity. The goal is to work with clients to generate innovative solutions, helping them to propel their businesses forward.

We chatted with Philip van Veen, an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and one of the cofounders of Forward Innovation, about how they took the next step in their business.

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Hub Spotlight: Plant Snorkel

After spending the spring season at home during quarantine, it was easy to notice that many people found themselves taking a shot at starting their own plant and vegetable gardens. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or someone with a brand-new green thumb, successfully keeping plants healthy can be a challenge and nearly all plant-parents have experienced over-watered plants.

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