Community Stories: EcoConscious Collective

EcoConscious Collective was founded by two Univeristy of Guelph science students who are knowledgable and passionate about zero-waste living. When you make a purchase through EcoConscious Collective, you’re selecting proven sustainable products and reducing waste within your community. We sat down with one of the founders, Kristine Sondergaard, to find out the inside scoop about their business!

Community Stories: The Conscious Kitchen

Meet Celeste Lopreito, the founder and owner of The Conscious Kitchen. The Conscious Kitchen offers prepared meals, recipe boxes, and a grocery subscription service that allows her customers to eat in alignment with their values.

If you live in the Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, or surrounding areas you can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the table in minutes with local, seasonal, and plant-based ingredients in zero-waste packaging!

We sat down with Celeste to learn about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur!

Hub Spotlight: Birchwell Solutions

James Lyster moves quick, but he’s not a runner. James is an entrepreneur who has the determination, drive and speed of operating as an Olympic sprinter.

James Lyster is a 5th year Engineer Student at UofG, and he went from being a student to the founder of his own company in just 3 months.  James owns and operates Birchwell Solutions.

Hub Spotlight: HappyWaffle

Domenique Mastronardi is a 4th year engineer student at UofG and the founder of her own company, HappyWaffle! HappyWaffles are healthy, allergen-friendly frozen toaster waffles that taste delicious. The waffles were created as a solution to Domenique's real world problem. Domenique needed a healthy, delicious and portable treat for her early mornings and late nights on campus. So she took matters into her own hands and created a snack that provides a balance of protein, fats and fibre.

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.

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