The University and City of Guelph have displayed a great deal of commitment to growing and fostering the entrepreneurial community both on campus and city wide. There are now more opportunities than ever for funding, mentorship, networking and partnerships! The commitment of the community to fostering entrepreneurship is evident as we take a look in the numerous organizations that offer assistance to prospective entrepreneurs.
It was during a high school election that Bruce Sargent began producing promotional videos. Encouraged by a teacher, he took a community-placement working with a family farm promoting their business through video content. That’s when Farm Boy Productions was born, and the rest as he says “is history”.
Although Benjamin Bond and Kent Santin both got their start in the corporate world, they knew that their personalities and their goals would eventually push them to start something all their own.
Both Ben and Kent graduated from the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce program (taking marketing and accounting, respectively) in 2012. Chatting with them on a Monday morning, we talked about what it takes to be a young entrepreneur, what you should look for in a co-founder and the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurs, innovators, makers, doers, drivers, startup founders and the people who drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Taking place this year from Nov.16th-22nd, CBaSE will aim to highlight successful young entrepreneurs coming out of the University of Guelph, the tools and resources available to current students and young alumni hoping to start their own ventures, as well as the articles, publications and people we think every entrepreneur needs to keep tabs on!
As students, entrepreneurs, or working professionals, we can easily lose track of our ability to chill out during stressful times. This is especially true if we have a lot going on and start to feel overwhelmed. Deadlines, assignments, contracts, midterms, regardless of our lifestyle, things can get overwhelming.
Even if you’re able to handle 45 things at once with little to no sweat, your mind and body need to relax. Make a conscious effort to breathe, stay present, and treat your brain and body with respect. What are some of the ways we can do this?
"There is no such thing as a "million dollar idea", ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head to see what they can do". We are not immune to the "yeah, but..." comments that come along with a big statement like that, we get it. The commonality between the successful entrepreneurs you're about to read about however, is that they pushed past the "yeah, but..." red flags in their head, and, they were all participants of The Hub Incubator Program.
The University of Guelph’s Business Consulting courses, more formally referred to as MGMT*4050 and MGMT*4060 offer upper year students transformational learning experiences that provide them with real-world applicable skills and wisdom.
Offered in both Fall and Winter semesters, the Business Consulting course is open to third and fourth year students from any program who wish to earn course credit through unconventional means.
Just 4 months ago, Lirom Shimonov, Mirelle Shimonov and Corey Paris opened Who Gives a Schnitz in downtown Guelph. These University of Guelph graduates saw an opportunity in Guelph’s late-night food market and made it their mission to introduce an innovative new restaurant offering the best Schnitzel sandwich in town. I had the pleasure of visiting with them at their downtown location and trying one of their mouth-watering schnitzel sandwiches. If I didn’t give a schnitz before, I definitely give a schnitz now!
Congratulations goes out to Eamonn McGuinty on being selected as the 2015 recipient of the Allison Kane Memorial Entrepreneurial Prize in the amount of $1,000.