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Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

With winter break right around the corner, the holiday season has arrived at Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre.“Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market” is taking place for the second time after its success last year. This year’s three-day market featured a Santa photo booth on Tuesday. On Friday, there will be a performance by Ryerson’s a cappella group, followed by a World […]

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Rye engineering grad wins $500,000 to launch business

A Ryerson chemical engineering grad has won $500,000 to launch his own chemical engineering business. Seyed Nourbakhsh came up with the idea of a self-powered, automatic swimming pool chlorinating system a year after working at a Burlington pool company as part of a co-op placement during his final year in 2013. In the same year, Nourbakhsh won all stages of the Norman […]

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Ryerson and Indian startup zone partner to help international tech companies

Last week, Ryerson Futures Incorporated partnered with an Indian startup zone to help launch a new program to bring more tech companies to India. The new program, called Gateway91, is based out of the Bombay Stock Exchange building in Mumbai, India and is designed for international technology companies looking to expand into India. Zone Startups India, the organization that is launching the the new program, […]

by Chayonika Chandra· · Business, News, Off Campus
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Scotiabank donates $325,000 to TRSM

More students from the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) will have opportunities to do co-ops in the non-profit sector thanks to a recent donation from Scotiabank. This week, Scotiabank donated $325,000 to Ryerson’s TRSM to launch the Scotiabank Changemakers program. This money will fund co-op placements in charity organizations for TRSM students. “Through the Scotiabank Changemakers program, we hope […]

by Danielle Lee· · Business, education, News, On Campus
The Sneakerdeck team, pictured from left to right (Owen Osinde, Jasem Ahmady and Ryan MacDonald) (Courtesy Sneakerdeck)

Sneaker market goes digital

By mixing social media and commerce, Ryerson students are creating a space for the sneakerhead community. Third-year entrepreneurship student, Owen Osinde, recently launched the beta version of Sneakerdeck, an online “social commerce platform” aimed at people who are passionate about sneakers, known as sneakerheads. Since the site launched on Oct. 12, they’ve already had more than 500 users sign up. […]

by Esther Lee· · Audio, Business, entrepreneurship, News
DMZ strikes deal to provide mental health counselling

DMZ strikes deal to provide mental health counselling

With high workplace stress levels and failure being a common trend for startups, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some entrepreneurs are likely to experience a strain on their mental health. To help entrepreneurs take better care of their emotional and mental well-being, Ryerson’s DMZ has announced a partnership with the online therapy platform TranQool to provide DMZ-based entrepreneurs […]

by Amira Zubairi· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship, News
Ryerson’s MBA program ranked 10th best in Canada

Ryerson’s MBA program ranked 10th best in Canada

Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) MBA program has been ranked in the top 10 in the country – based on reputation – by Canadian Business. The magazine ranked Ryerson’s program in 10th place overall. The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto took first place. “I’m tremendously excited,” said Chris MacDonald, interim director of TRSM’s MBA program. […]

by Kayla Kuefler· · Business, education, News, On Campus
The DMZ is one of the 11 zones at Ryerson. (Shaian Martin)

Starter pack for startups: Ryerson’s learning zones

Ryerson has 11 learning zones covering everything from business to media. But most people don’t know what zone learning is, what it has to offer or why they should care. Richard Lachman, the director of zone learning, describes the approach as “experiential learning.” The zones are supposed to provide students with the opportunity to start their own ventures and gain […]

by Rosemond Quartey· · Business, DMZ, News
The Transmedia Zone's Music Den is an incubator for Toronto's music industry innovators  (Casimir Boivin)

Ryerson’s Music Den hits the right note for young innovators

The Faculty of Communication and Design’s (FCAD) new Music Den is already on its way to helping a Toronto-based innovator discover his passion. For Chris Prendergast, 29, the opportunity to work with industry veterans and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs inspired him to apply to be a part of the Music Den, a program that provides help to innovators in […]

DMZ launches advisory council for startups

DMZ launches advisory council for startups

A new advisory council will mentor Canadian companies at Ryerson’s DMZ. “This board has some of the greatest minds of the country — business leaders that can really help propel our startups to the next level,” said DMZ executive director Abdullah Snobar. The 20-member council was announced Wednesday at the DMZ and includes businesspeople like Anthony Lacavera, the CEO of […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, DMZ
Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

Science Discovery Zone to get new home thanks to gov’t funding

By Isabelle Docto and Robyn Fiorda Ryerson’s new Science Discovery Zone (SDZ) will have a new home in the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) thanks to today’s provincial and federal funding announcement. Bill Morneau, Canada’s minister of finance, announced today that Ryerson will receive more than $30 million of federal infrastructure funding. Another $4.7 million will come from the province. […]

Canada is ranked second in the world for a country that fosters social innovation. (Courtesy Unsplash via Pixabay)

Ryerson perfectly situated for social innovation

It turns out Ryerson has prime real estate for fostering social innovation. Canada ranks as the second best country for social entrepreneurs, according to a recent poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network. Social entrepreneurship refers to owning a business that is geared toward solving a global issue. A popular example […]

by Isabelle Docto· · Business, News
The DMZ is one of the 11 zones at Ryerson. (Shaian Martin)

Can female entrepreneurs build it? Yes they can

More Ontario women are becoming entrepreneurs, according to a study released last week, but experts say they still face more difficulty getting investors than men do. The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Ontario report conducted by Ryerson University, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Innovation Studies was released last week. It  found that 13.8 per cent […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship
Daniel Christian Tang uses 3D printing to create intricate jewelry. The pieces are created using architectural modelling software with 3D digital manufacturing technology.  (Robyn Fiorda)

PHOTOS: Top fashion startups at the Joe Fresh Centre

The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation opened its doors last Thursday to showcase some of its home-grown companies. The companies included a 3D jewelry line and an app that helps you track down clothes from your favourite TV shows. The event was part of this year’s Startup Open House Toronto, a networking event to showcase some of the city’s […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, Fashion, News
Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Marketers, investors and students gathered at the Biomedical Zone in downtown Toronto last Thursday for Canada’s first NewCo entrepreneurship festival. The Biomedical Zone is a health tech incubator that works closely with St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University to develop healthcare startup companies. The space is no stranger to startup business culture, making it a perfect setting for NewCo to […]

Competitors look on during the Madden NFL Showdown on Saturday, Sept 10. (Brooks Harvey/Ryersonian)

Madden madness: eSports becoming big business

Toronto’s Madden NFL 17 showdown on Sept. 10 had all the hallmarks of a regular football game but there was one noticeable difference: the tournament’s 64 contestants were playing on Xbox. The tournament, hosted at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre’s Microsoft store, was organized by Canadian Gaming Tournaments to coincide with the start of this year’s NFL season. In addition […]

by Brooks Harvey· · Business, News, Science & Technology, Sports
iOS 10: The good, the bad and the ugly

iOS 10: The good, the bad and the ugly

iPhone users rejoice — you no longer have have to deal with all of those useless default apps. Apple released its new iOS 10 update Tuesday afternoon, and it’s created a heated debate among iPhone users. On the bright side, you can now rid your phone of unnecessary apps, like Stocks or Find Friends. However, the update also includes over […]

by Oriena Vuong· · Business, News, Science & Technology
Attendees at the Biomedical Zone got to try a virtual surgery simulator. (Robyn Fiorda)

Ryerson students get virtual reality experience

Ryerson students stepped out of their reality and onto the virtual rooftop of a Toronto highrise building, with the help of a new virtual reality app. Video journalist Marie-Espérance Cerda paired up with the Transmedia Zone to create a 360-degree virtual reality app. “VR is bringing in all of these realms of possibilities and it’s pushing us to explore beyond […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business
Students lined Gould Street on Wednesday at the part-time job fair at Ryerson.

Employers give tips to students looking for part-time jobs

Students and employers flooded Gould Street on Thursday for Ryerson’s part-time jobs fair. Thirty-six employers set up tables to recruit Ryerson talent. Event coordinator, Jean-Pierre Fernandes said he was happy with the traffic the fair generated. “Employers talked about how impressed they were the calibre of students that were coming through,” said Fernandes. He added that some students told him […]

by David Greenberg· · Business, career, jobs, News
Akindi App, Photo by Kevin Siazon

In brief: Akindi launches new grading app for professors

By Robyn Fiorda & Shaian Martin DMZ-based startup Akindi partnered with Toronto company Tiny Hearts this summer to launch a mobile app that gives professors an easier way to grade exams. The app is an extension of Akindi’s Scantron-alternative system. “It helps instructors not only access their grades on their phone, but they can actually generate the bubble sheets from […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship, News
Questions are being raised about the implementation of Ontario’s $1.7 million investment. (Ryersonian Archive)

Hesitancy on campus about province’s new sexual harassment training

Some Ryerson community members are skeptical about Ontario’s new investment in sexual harassment training. Last week, the provincial government announced it will spend $1.7 million on sexual violence and harassment training for staff and managers across various sectors, such as hospitality and school and university services. The training will help frontline workers identify and intervene in instances of sexual violence and […]

by Anna-Kaye Evans· · Business, education, Food & Health, News
Owen Osinde, CEO of Sneakerdeck, and Jasem Ahmady, lead of operations and design, at the Branded TO competition April 8. (Courtesy Sneackerdeck)

Students’ app combines social media with sneakers

A group of Ryerson students created Sneakerdeck, an app they hope will become the go-to social platform for people who love sneakers.

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Rye grad creates makeup line for men

Waking up with a face full of acne on the day of prom can be a nightmare for some high school students, but for Andrew Grella it was the inspiration behind forming his company. “I went to my mom and she said, ‘Let me put some makeup on you,’ and I said she was crazy,” Grella said. “So I left […]

Ben Isotta-Riches, CIO of Aviva Canada. (Courtesy Keifer Wiseman)

Aviva Canada and the DMZ partnering to support startups

Aviva Canada and Ryerson’s DMZ unveiled a new partnership last Wednesday to help tech startups emerge break into their industries. The goal? To bring fresh ideas and encourage innovation in insurance and brokerage by collaborating with startups. Aviva Canada, a Canadian property and casualty insurance company made the official announcement at Ryerson on March 23. Abdullah Snobar, executive director of […]

Members of the hyperloop team with their faculty and industry advisers. (Courtesy Graeme Klim)

Going into hyperdrive

In the future when you are hurtled through tubes from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you’ll be able to thank a team of Ryerson engineers for helping you arrive safely. Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that was proposed by Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors and the aerospace firm SpaceX. The concept consists of massive tubes, connecting San Francisco […]

From left-to-right: Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman. (Courtesy of Suelan Toye)

Ryerson MBA team wins international competition

Three Ryerson MBA students won top prize and People’s Choice award at an online international investment case study competition last week. Ryerson MBA students Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman represented Ryerson in the competition. The team submitted a high-production video of  their case study solution to the judges in the fall of 2015. Teams were faced with the […]

Reaching beyond your zone

Reaching beyond your zone

Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Monica Jako is the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the DMZ. She is, in fact, the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the faculty of arts. The mistake has been corrected.  If a fortune teller told Barbara Lukasz, a fourth-year English student, about the year-long transformation that […]

New grads are worth the investment

New grads are worth the investment

For graduating or recently graduated students, having the money talk is hard.

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Ted Rogers Sports Conference gives students insight into sports industry

The Ted Rogers Sports Conference (TRSC) on March 5 provided professional insight and competition for students who looked to combine their passion of sports and business. Jim Barker, the Toronto Argonauts’ general manager, kept the students engaged with a keynote speech. Along with various workshops and a panel discussion, students partnered into groups of three or four to take part in a case […]

Students at the Ted Rogers School of Management feel that
Ryerson's polytechnic past is hindering their chances of landing jobs. (Lilly Greenblatt/Ryersonian Staff)

TRSM students “undervalued” in job recruiting process

The Ryerson brand has come a long way from the insulting “Rye High” nickname. However, some students from the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) believe the university’s past as a polytechnical institute may be a factor working against them when it comes to job recruiters.   Shayna Asgill, a fourth-year business management student and vice president of the Ryerson […]

by Nadine Habib· · Business, career, degrees, News, On Campus
Ryerson University and Tangerine Bank have officially launched the Thinkcubator on Feb. 23.

Ryerson launches new Tangerine Thinkubator

Ryerson University and Tangerine Bank announced a joint partnership Feb. 23 to officially launch the new Ryerson Tangerine Thinkubator. The “Thinkubator” is the latest addition to Ryerson’s growing fleet of startup zones, like the DMZ and the Transmedia Zone. This incubator will focus on, but not limit itself to, startups creating tools that could benefit financial technology companies. Examples would […]

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Ryerson a leader in workforce innovation

New Ryerson University partnership to help workers secure employment by providing essential skills training

by Samantha Tapp· · Business, career, News
RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV: February 25, 2016 – FCAD’s plan for unpaid internship, Damn Daniel, and Facebook’s new Reactions

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

Panel on the sharing economy at the DMZ, Feb. 10, 2016. (The Ryersonian)

Hudak urges students to advance the ‘sharing economy’

Ahead of a debate on his bill to fully recognize the sharing economy, Conservative MPP Tim Hudak dropped by Ryerson to encourage students to take advantage of the shift toward collaborative consumption.

by Ok Kim· · Business, DMZ, News
RyersonianTV: February 12, 2016 – Drake receives key to the city, full Ghomeshi recap and movie review

RyersonianTV: February 12, 2016 – Drake receives key to the city, full Ghomeshi recap and movie review

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

RyersonianTV: February 11, 2016 – Live Ghomeshi trial, sharing economy panel and Harry Potter returns

RyersonianTV: February 11, 2016 – Live Ghomeshi trial, sharing economy panel and Harry Potter returns

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

Students at the Ted Rogers School of Management feel that
Ryerson's polytechnic past is hindering their chances of landing jobs. (Lilly Greenblatt/Ryersonian Staff)

TRSM launches new master’s diploma

Launched in January, the enterprise information security, privacy and data protection program offers four courses which will be taught by top researchers and industry experts from the TRSM and the department of computer science.

by Kiera Spronk· · Business, News
Play De Record will be closing it's Yonge Street doors and moving to Kensington Market in March 2016 (Olivia McLeod/Ryersonian Staff).

Ryerson loses its neighbouring vinyl store, Play De Record

Play De Record, Yonge Street’s last vinyl store, moves locations.

by Jessica Maxwell· · Arts & Life, Business, Media, Music, News
Rye wins second place in competition to help Syrian refugees

Rye wins second place in competition to help Syrian refugees

“Purgatory Pilgrims,” a group of students from Ryerson, won the second-place prize of $600 for their app that provides help with language skills, job hunting and access to emergency lines.

by Christian Thomson· · Business, News
Dr. Robert Clapperton, professor at Ryerson's Professional Communications Department at his desk in the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto, Canada on January 26, 2016 (Aidan Cox/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson professor promotes social activism through gaming

Robert Clapperton, professional communications professor, created the Global Social Innovation Game (GSIG), a digital simulator that will challenge Grade 11 and 12 students to come up with sustainable business plans that address social problems.

More students turning to master’s degrees

More students turning to master’s degrees

Many students are looking at master’s programs with the hope that further education will come with an employability that a bachelor’s degree just can’t give them anymore.

Finance alumnus makes $1M deal on Dragons’ Den

Finance alumnus makes $1M deal on Dragons’ Den

Charith Perera was still at Ryerson when he came up with a business idea that would lead to a $1 million deal on Dragons’ Den, just two months ago.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Business, News
Budgeting, credit cards and goal-setting are important for graduates. (Tiffany Crawford / Ryersonian Staff)

How to get a handle on after-grad finances

The Ryersonian’s Robert Liwanag spoke with RBC director of student banking Mandy Mail who offered financial advice to post-secondary students who are months away from graduating.

Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, visited Ryerson's Digital Media Zone on Oct. 27, 2015. He was joined by lieutenant-governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Sheldon Levy to discuss innovation and education with young entrepreneurs. (Krista Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Prince Edward visits the DMZ

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, spent the first part of his 37th official trip to Canada meeting with the founders of three startup companies at the DMZ.

Starting Up: SlimCut Media

Starting Up: SlimCut Media

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, Business, entrepreneurship, News
Ryerson group hopes to grant wishes for present and future kids

Ryerson group hopes to grant wishes for present and future kids

One Ryerson group of students is close to their goal of fundraising $10,000. Find out what they’re raising money for.

by Hania Ahmed· · Arts & Life, Business, On Campus, students
Page One café hopes to give students a new spot on campus

Page One café hopes to give students a new spot on campus

A new cafe is hoping to be the new student spot for Ryerson students.

by Bianca Guzzo· · Arts & Life, Business, Food, On Campus
Starting Up: Crowdbabble

Starting Up: Crowdbabble

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.   In this episode ,business reporters A. A. Ali and Veronica Silva Cusi talk to Crowdbabble, a social media analytics company. Abbas Alidina, Crowdbabble founder and CEO, talks about the importance of social media analytics and how their software-as-a-service business model works well with both small and big […]

Starting Up: Agile Capital

Starting Up: Agile Capital

Starting Up is an audio series featuring young and promising entrepreneurs on campus.     Listen to business reporters, A.A. Ali and Veronica Silva Cusi, as they talk to some of these entrepreneurs. In our first episode we speak with Agile Capital co-founders, André Wills and Kyle Boyko. Written and produced by Veronica Silva Cusi and A.A. Ali.

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TRSM’s Social Media Lab monitors election buzz using new online tool

The Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management recently launched an online tool that helps monitor social media buzz about Canadian politics and the upcoming federal election. Called PoliDashboard, the tool monitors Twitter activity containing the hashtags #cdnpoli and #elxn42.   PoliDashboard was launched online on Sept. 15 and was revealed to the public last Tuesday, when […]

by Veronica Cusi· · Business, News, On Campus, Politics