Ryan Smolkin Event - Pathway to Poutine

You can hear the 80’s glam rock coming out of room 149 as soon as you open the doors to Macdonald Hall. What sounded like a Bon Jovi concert was actually a super successful entrepreneur getting fired up to deliver his keynote talk at the University of Guelph.

Ryan Smoklin, CEO and founder of Smoke’s Poutinerie, was once like the students sitting in front of him. He was born and raised in Pickering, Ontario and went to school at Wilfrid Laurier University. He now spends his days travelling North America, inspiring entrepreneurship!

Get Creative this Valentine’s Day!

For weeks before Valentine’s Day, storefronts everywhere display giant teddy bears, chocolates and roses – but what if we want to give our special someone a more unique and personal gift? Something homemade and designed specifically for this person. Do it yourself projects can be fun, so why not focus this Valentine’s Day on being more creative?

1 BBQ. 2 Guys. 3 Days Notice.

The Canadian BBQ Boys journey through entrepreneurship and into the Dragon’s Den.

The moment Matthew McCoy and Mike Sutton heard the words $50,000, they instantly experienced relief and excitement. Feelings that reminded them of three years ago when they first began their journey to becoming entrepreneurs!

Philip Hipkiss: Side Hustler Extraordinaire

Philip Hipkiss. The man, the myth, the legend. To some people, Phil is the Director of Finance. To others, he is the owner of the local brewey - and to some, he is a landlord.

No matter what role Phil is embracing, there is one thing that is for certain: Phil is a side hustler extraordinaire.

As the Director of Finance at Sivantos Group, the co-founder of Block Three Brewing Company and the owner of multiple rental properties, Phil’s journey to where he is today wasn’t easy.

Startup Crawl 2018

Failure is good.  

It’s good when you’re trying your hand at improv acting; it improves it, makes it more entertaining. And, according to some successful business owners, failure can also be good for entrepreneurs. 

This was just one of the many lessons learned during the first-ever Startup Crawl hosted by Innovation Guelph and CBaSE on July 31st.  

University of Guelph students, alumni, CBaSE and IG staff travelled by foot through the charming streets of downtown Guelph to meet some of the inspiring entrepreneurs who weave the community together. 

The Power of Social Enterprise in the Food Industry

When it comes to preparing potatoes, how to dispose of the peels is usually the last thing on the mind of any cook.

For local restaurateur and business leader Court Desautels, finding a creative method to reuse potato peels at the restaurants that encompass his The Neighbourhood Group of Companies was only one of many innovative ways that helped the Guelph-based family-owned company become a Certified B Corporation.

Improve Life Challenge 2018

Normally, if you tell a Guelph student they’re going to be stuck in the Science Complex all weekend, perhaps even into the night, they are apprehensive to say the least. During the Improve Life Challenge, though, they jump at the chance to band together with other students, community partners, and mentors to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.

The CBaSE A-Code-Amy

It seems like just yesterday the Ambassador team found ourselves working with a talented group of computer science students to put together A-Code-Amy in efforts to bring together the gryphon community with the common goal of learning some new skills in Python – does time ever fly!

Udderly Ridiculous: A Daring Dairy

Most people would find it totally overwhelming to start a new business when they already have 1400 goats, a guard llama, over 600 acres, and four sons to keep track of. Luckily for the ice cream lovers of this world, Cheryl and Greg Haskett are not most people.

A few years ago, when this married couple was setting goals for their goat dairy farm, they decided it would be a good time to turn Cheryl’s ice-cream-making hobby into a whole new company. The idea became Udderly Ridiculous.

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