Humber
Launch

Getting Ideas off the Ground

52

Active
Members

42

HumberLaunch
Businesses

187

Walk-Ins

Timeline

Community Outreach

HumberLaunch was founded in 2011, offering services to Humber students and alumni. In September 2014, HumberLaunch opened its doors to entrepreneurs from Etobicoke and surrounding areas, offering resources and membership to community businesses. Since then, HumberLaunch has engaged with over 30 community agencies, developing collaborations with the Lakeshore West Post, MicroSkills, the Queensway Employment & Social Services, Enterprise Toronto, and MaRS. HumberLaunch has also joined three community based networks: the ONE Network Partners in Peel, the Etobicoke Youth Network, and the Lakeshore Interagency Network.

In its first year, the community outreach initiative has been a success. Nine community entrepreneurs have joined HumberLaunch to develop their innovative business ideas, and HumberLaunch has delivered quality events and workshops to the community, including a Startup Weekend with over 70 attendees, a Startup Skills Mixer, twelve information sessions, and several community tours of the Prototype Lab located at Humber’s North campus.

HumberLaunch continues to develop exciting new community initiatives with plans for a year-long pop-up incubator event series in partnership with Richview Public Library and one-on-one drop-in consulting at pop-up incubators located at community partner agencies next year.

Startup Weekend Etobicoke
NVSF

PHOTO BY VICKY KAO, CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENT
ROGER OSORIO (STARTUP WEEKEND), JENNIFER NGUYEN, JEREMY HABER, COLIN PAL, TOM HAXELL, ANDREA LEWIS, SARAH LENARCIC (HUMBERLAUNCH) AT STARTUP WEEKEND ETOBICOKE

Our Members

Entrepreneurs: Jasmin Pannu and Ramneet Basra

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Jesse Bruce

Industry: Health and Fitness

Entrepreneurs: Anthony Dube

Industry: Literary

Entrepreneurs: Shiva Bhardwaj

Industry: Automotive – maintenance

Entrepreneurs: Craig Petten and Pablo Alvarez

Industry: Agricultural technology (aquaponics)

Entrepreneurs: Desiree Girlato

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Claire Doyle

Industry: Music – performance/education

Entrepreneurs: Carrie Holmes

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Liam Robinson

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Tristan Darwent

Industry: Materials and Manufacturing

Entrepreneurs: Stachen Frederick

Industry: Beauty/social awareness

Entrepreneurs: Marlene Sammy

Industry: Health and Wellness

Entrepreneurs: Ebyan Noor

Industry: Health and Wellness

Entrepreneurs: Melanie Berthelo

Industry: Film

Entrepreneurs: Charles Hargobind

Industry: Human rights/Awareness

Entrepreneurs: Jennaire Lewars and Pixley Lewars

Industry: Advertising

Entrepreneurs: Patrick Millerd

Industry: Automotive – maintenance

Entrepreneurs: Colin Edwards

Industry: Music – Performance and outreach

Entrepreneurs: Daniel Sykora

Industry: Music – production

Entrepreneurs: Dave Barratt

Industry: Mechatronics

Entrepreneurs: Lida Gheshlaghchai

Industry: Web Development

Entrepreneurs: Zak Katz

Industry: Marketing

Entrepreneurs: Chad Davis

Industry: Clean technology

Entrepreneurs: Eric Tang

Industry: Mobile technology

Entrepreneurs: Lydia Gill and Suzie Watson

Industry: Hair care

Entrepreneurs: Sabrina Rubli/Ella Marinic

Industry: Human rights and awareness

Entrepreneurs: Madeline Pishori

Industry: Health and Wellness

Entrepreneurs: Terry Lin

Industry: Advertising

Entrepreneurs: Kristina Fercec

Industry: Mobile technology

Entrepreneurs: Judy Vendramini

Industry: Culinary

Entrepreneurs: Jordan Circosta

Industry: Music – performance

Entrepreneurs: Mallorie Grabish

Industry: Educational Services

Entrepreneurs: John Carson

Industry: Communications

Entrepreneurs: Christy Tran

Industry: Fashion/Community outreach

Entrepreneurs: Daniel Mager

Industry: Music – equipment

Entrepreneurs: Gilad Cohen

Industry: Human rights/charitable

Entrepreneurs: Dmitri Pavlov

Industry: Headhunting/Resume customization

Entrepreneurs: Julie Fitzgerald

Industry: Music and Dance

Entrepreneurs: Morgan Yirka

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Adam Kozak

Industry: Video production

Entrepreneurs: Courtney Dewar

Industry: Elder Care

Entrepreneurs: Marty Bernie

Industry: Music

Entrepreneurs: Moises Antigua

Industry: Mobile technology – Culinary

Entrepreneurs: Tom Haxell

Industry: Real estate

Entrepreneurs: Mike Mathieson and Denielle Bassels

Industry: Music – Production

Entrepreneurs: Ted Fleming

Industry: Food & Beverage

Entrepreneurs: Erick Pablo Mota

Industry: Real Estate

Entrepreneurs: Dagma Koyi

Industry: Social assistance

Entrepreneurs: Savio Wong

Industry: Web application – Real Estate

Entrepreneurs: Luis Duarte

Industry: Sports and Recreation

Entrepreneurs: Julie Leitch

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Bernie Trinh

Industry: Web Technology – Education

Entrepreneurs: Itzik Levy and Jeremy Haber

Industry: Web Development/Design

Entrepreneurs: Jake Harding and Gustavo Macias

Industry: Agriculture

Entrepreneurs: Bram Zeidenberg

Industry: Web technology – Social media

Entrepreneurs: Kimron Corion

Industry: Marketing

Entrepreneurs: Tim O’Reilly

Industry: Music and Video – Production

Entrepreneurs: Aydan Lalonde

Industry: Fashion

Entrepreneurs: Dawn Walke

Industry: Health and Wellness

Entrepreneurs: Peter Wheeler

Industry: Agricultural Technology

Entrepreneurs: Michael Gareri

Industry: Sports & Recreation

Entrepreneurs: Thiago de Sousa Costa

Industry: Music – Production

Entrepreneurs: James Taylor

Industry: Collectables

Entrepreneurs: Rebecca Wright and Kelsey MacDermaid

Industry: Fashion/Social Media

Entrepreneurs: Jacob Farjou

Industry: Health and Fitness

Entrepreneurs: Wesley Campbell and Mike Reynolds

Industry: Sports and Recreation

Entrepreneurs: Victoria Godins

Industry: Home Organization

Entrepreneurs: Trent Davie

Industry: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Entrepreneurs: Amy Trachter and Stephanie Lacaria

Industry: Health and Wellness

Entrepreneurs: Alicia Gunning

Industry: Community Food Services

Entrepreneurs: Pedro Serrador

Industry: Mobile Application – Education

Entrepreneurs: Anthony Zambri

Industry: Home Maintenance

Membership Resources Include:
  • Mentorship
  • Coaching
  • Concierge services
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Meeting facilities
  • 3D printing services
  • Social media assistance
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“HUMBERLAUNCH HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE RESOURCE FOR ME. AS A MUSICIAN FIRST AND FOREMOST, I’M NOT NECESSARILY THE MOST SAVVY BUSINESSMAN. HUMBERLAUNCH HAS HELPED SCHOOL ME IN THE BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE AND GET MY BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND."

Tim O’Reilly,
Soundstill Productions

Events

HumberLaunch hosts a wide range of workshops, business competitions, and showcases for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship 101, Startup Weekend Etobicoke, and the LaunchPad Competition are just a few examples of this year’s events.

55

Workshops
and Events

900+

Attendees

New Venture Seed Fund

Humber's New Venture Seed Fund provides up to $10,000 of start-up capital, on a competitive basis, to businesses founded by Humber students and alumni. Since 2010, the fund has provided support to over 33 new businesses to build on their innovative ideas.

2014/2015 Winners
NVSF

NEW VENTURE SEED FUND WINNERS AND HUMBERLAUNCH STAFF:
STANDING: JORDAN CIRCOSTA, JULIAN POWELL, TIM MCRAE, ARIEL GELBARD, WILL DU, HOLLY JAMIESON, TRISTAN DARWENT, CHAD DAVIS, GUEST, KRISTINA FERCEC, PATRICK MILLERD, GUEST
SITTING: BRAM CHERUN (HUMBERLAUNCH), DAWN WALKER, DANIEL SYKORA, CLAIRE DOYLE, CHERYL MITCHELL (HUMBERLAUNCH)

The New Venture Seed Fund seeks applications in the fall of each year. Selection criteria include quality and completeness of a business plan, creativity, capacity for generating employment, potential for sustainability, and applicants' academic record. This year the fund made awards to nine new businesses.

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Applicants

9

Winners
About Our Winners

BARU VIBES

Claire Doyle is a School of Creative & Performing Arts alumnus. She and her partner Juan Carlos Medrano Magal Ianes formed Baru Vibes, a non-profit organization that provides weekly music workshops for at-risk youth. The workshops focus on leadership development, team-building skills, and improving self-esteem through music.

DSYK.MUSIC

Daniel Sykora is a student in Humber’s School of Creative & Performing Arts. Daniel provides custom, high-quality musical scores for independent filmmakers and video game developers.

ENERGIZE THE EARTH

Chad Davis is a School of Applied Technology student who is working to provide renewable energy installation services. Energize the Earth installs solar energy systems to help minimize negative the environmental impact of other energy sources.

BOQS

Tristan Darwent, a student in the School of Media Studies & Information Technology, and his partners Will Du and Ariel Gelbard have created a lockbox that can be locked and unlocked with a smartphone or compatible key tag using Wi-Fi and NFC technology.

STARTING POINT
MASSAGE AND ESTHETICS

Dawn Walker, a Business School student, offers spa services to her clients while promoting wellness and beauty education.

GIG

School of Media Studies & Information Technology student Kristina Fercec and her partner Sean Rowe are developing a social media app to help connect job seekers with potential employers for short-term employment in niche markets.

CLEAN CAR CLEAN

Clean Car Clean is a new company launched by Patrick Millerd, a student in Humber’s School of Creative & Performing Arts. Patrick offers mobile vehicle cleaning services using waterless technology.

HEADQUARTERS
COOPERATIVE

School of Creative & Performing Arts alumnus Jordan Circosta and his team of musicians, Holly Jamieson, Tim McRae, Jared Parker, and Julian Powell, launched Headquarters Cooperative, a not-for-profit music promotion company that puts on shows for up-and-coming local bands.

TEAM OCTOPUS
PRODUCTIONS

Thiago de Sousa Costa is a School of Creative & Performing Arts graduate. His business Team Octopus Productions is a music production company that offers services such as album production and branding strategies.

Launch Pad

The LaunchPad competition was introduced three years ago to promote commercialization and economic development. Since then, LaunchPad has awarded a total of $120,000 to 19 new startups.

Launch Pad

LAUNCHPAD HOST (far left) AND FINALISTS MADELINE PISHORI, JULIAN POWELL, DANIEL SYKORA, JORDAN CIRCOSTA, KRISTINA FERCEC, ROSTYSLAV RULOV, SAVIO WONG, HOSSEIN GHAMSARI, DIANNE MAULSEED, KAYLA MONAI-MCCALLA, COURTNEY DEWAR, MIKE MATHIESON, DENIELLE BASSELS, AND JAMES TAYLOR

Each year, the competition receives dozens of applications from Humber student and alumni entrepreneurs. Applicants are narrowed down to 16 semi-finalists who attend two speed-pitching events. At each event, the entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a variety of coaches who offer feedback and assistance to each team. Based on the coaches’ feedback and other criteria, the finalists are chosen and advance to the final LaunchPad event where they pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a share of $40,000.

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Applicants

8

Winners
Launch Pad Winners

Business: Flexible Integrated Tactics (FIT)

Team: Madeline Pishori

Amount Awarded: $12,000

Description: Multi-meal kit to promote healthy lifestyle

Business: Rent4Students

Team: Savio Wong, Hossein Ghamsari, and Rostyslav Rulov

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Description: Online rental portal for students

Business: Possibly with Dynamite

Team: Mike Mathieson and Denielle Bassels

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Description: Niche audio recording and Production Company

Business: Gig

Team: Kristina Fercec and Sean Rowe

Amount Awarded: $5,000

Description: App offering unique gigs

Business: DSyk.Music

Team: Daniel Sykora

Amount Awarded: $4,000

Description: Custom, high-quality music scoring solution

Business: Headquarters Cooperative

Team: Jordan Circosta, Tim McRae, Julian Powell, Jared Parker, and Holly Jamieson

Amount Awarded: $3,000

Description: Non-profit running live music events

Business: The Collectors Inc.

Team: James Taylor

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Description: Showcasing collectibles from around the world

Business: Loving Support Services

Team: Courtney Dewar, Dianne Maulseed, and Kayla-Monai McCalla

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Description: Providing seniors with home care

“IT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO PRACTICE THEIR PITCHES.”

Madeline Pishori,
Flexible Integrated Tactics

Mentors

This year HumberLaunch mentors included thirteen industry professionals and Humber faculty members with experience in a wide variety of areas including financial services, marketing and advertising, and fine arts. These mentors are an invaluable resource—supporting HumberLaunch entrepreneurs as they develop their ideas into viable businesses. Whether through one-on-one guidance, running workshops, or participating as coaches or judges in competitions, mentors are instrumental to the success of both the entrepreneurs and the HumberLaunch program.

HumberLaunch is always looking for new mentors—both within and outside the Humber community—who have experience, expertise, and a desire to help the startup community. We encourage anyone who is interested in providing mentorship to new entrepreneurs to contact Bram Cherun.

Industry Mentors
  • Olufemi Adegun,
    Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Jay Georgi,
    Nadvia Diversified Investments
  • Mike Hook,
    Intrepid Law
  • Jerry Smith,
    Retired
  • Kevin Smith,
    The Story Architect
Humber Mentors
  • Steve Bang,
    The Business School
  • Christopher Dunsmuir,
    The Business School
  • Mark Farber,
    The Business School
  • Elizabeth Fenuta,
    School of Applied Technology
  • Paul Griffin,
    The Business School
  • Gamini Hemalal,
    School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism
  • Brad Herd,
    The Business School
  • Mark Stoiko,
    The Business School
Spotlight

Mark Stoiko

Mark Stoiko

Mark teaches entrepreneurship, professional selling, and international business courses in The Business School at Humber. He has extensive experience working in marketing and sales, has founded two companies (an advertising agency and a market research business), and is a member of the angel investing group Maple Leaf Angels. As a HumberLaunch mentor since 2012, Mark has mentored several new entrepreneurs and participated in many events and workshops as a coach or moderator. With so much experience to offer, Mark is a huge support to the new entrepreneurs he mentors as they embark on their own entrepreneurial journeys.

Mike Hook

Mike Hook

Mike owns and operates a legal practice where he primarily works with small businesses and entrepreneurs. When he is not practicing law, he spends his time working at his other startup—a whisky distillery—or volunteering as a medic in disaster areas worldwide. Since becoming a HumberLaunch mentor in 2014, Mike has been an active coach, mentoring entrepreneurs and providing legal advice at numerous HumberLaunch events. As an entrepreneur himself, he is in an ideal position to work with startups and help other entrepreneurs face the same business challenges that he does.

"HUMBERLAUNCH HAS CONNECTED US WITH ADVISORS THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR SUCCESS AND MENTORS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH US FROM THE START."

Craig Petten,
Co-founder, Aqua Greens

"QUITE OFTEN YOU LEARN YOUR LESSONS BY DOING AND MAKING MISTAKES. IF THE ENTREPRENEURS HERE HAVE THE OPPORUNITY TO LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES, THEN EVERYONE'S A LITTLE FURTHER FORWARD."

Mike Hook,
Mentor

Entrepreneur Awards

In April, HumberLaunch hosted its first ever Entrepreneur Awards, honoring the success of member entrepreneurs and the contribution of mentors.

An evening of celebrations was held in Humber’s student-run restaurant, The Humber Room, where fifty attendees from Humber and the community gathered to honor the award recipients. Among the attendees were special guests Deputy Mayor Vincent Crisanti and Shantanu Mittal, Business Development Manager at OCE, who presented awards to the winners.

2015 Entrepreneur Award Recipients

“IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ENERGY THAT WANT TO START A BUSINESS.”

Steve Bang,
Faculty Member, The Business School

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner: Zak Katz from Embr Events

Runner-up: Mike Mathieson from Possibly with Dynamite

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Winner: Tim O’Reilly from SoundStill Production

Runner-up: Marlene Sammy from Branch
Yoga & Wellness

Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: Aqua Greens

Runner-up: Possibly with Dynamite

Startup of the Year Award

Winner: Ansik Inc.

Runner-up: Aqua Greens

Mentor of the Year Award

Winner: Steve Bang

Runner-up: Elizabeth Fenuta

Partners and Contact

Partners and Funders
Contact Us
Contact

THE HUMBERLAUNCH TEAM:
CHERYL MITCHELL, SARAH LENARCIC,
BRAM CHERUN, MARISA TOMASSI

HumberLaunch

3180 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Toronto, ON M8V 1L7
humber.ca/humberlaunch

General Inquiries: humberlaunch@humber.ca

Matias Golob, PhD

HumberLaunch Program Manager
matias.golob@humber.ca
416-675-6622 ext 79252

Bram Cherun, BComm

Program Assistant
bram.cherun@humber.ca
416-675-6622 ext. 79250

Marisa Tomassi

Program Assistant
marisa.tomassi@humber.ca
416-675-6622 ext. 79254