Business

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.

A screenshot from the app (Courtesy Twitter/@PhMai).

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
10 Dundas East . (Veronica Silva Cusi / Ryersonian Staff)

Ted Rogers School’s Social Media Lab finds new home

After a year of planning, the Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has officially opened its new home. The interdisciplinary research lab is now housed at 10 Dundas East, the hub of digital media research and innovation on campus. The official launch of the lab was held Tuesday night with key university officials on hand.

by Veronica Cusi· · Business, News, On Campus, Videos
How to display your work for future employers

How to display your work for future employers

  The paperless wave is taking over the job hunt. Employers in fields like graphic design, journalism and photography want to see your resumé and portfolio online. “More and more we’re getting students coming in asking about online – their presence, social media, a website,” said Ian Ingles, Ryerson Career Centre’s operations manager. Ingles said a website “makes your application […]

Students anxious to invest their money can find refuge in financial  learning resources

Students anxious to invest their money can find refuge in financial learning resources

Hands went flying when certified financial planner Shannon Lee Simmons, the guest speaker at the recent Managing Your Money workshop held at Ryerson, opened the floor to questions. Students and recent graduates asked about everything, from whether they should put money into a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) when they still have massive OSAP debt, to where they should go for […]

by Alicja Grzadkowska· · Business, Features
Got (some) cash? How students can and should invest their money

Got (some) cash? How students can and should invest their money

In the Ryersonian’s first installment of Money Talk, we talk student investing, why it’s worth it and what the best investment strategies are for students.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Business, Money Talk, Videos
Part-time job search kicks off for the new school year

Part-time job search kicks off for the new school year

As students search for ways to make ends meet for the new school year, the Ryerson Career Centre is trying to help. The centre last week organized the annual part-time jobs career fair that was aimed at helping students trying to gain work experience and earn some income at the same time.

by Veronica Cusi· · Business, Videos
Tri-mentoring program gets $1 million gift to expand outreach

Tri-mentoring program gets $1 million gift to expand outreach

Marking their 15th anniversary, Ryerson’s Tri-Mentoring Program (TMP) plans to expand their outreach after receiving a $1 million gift from BMO Financial Group this month. The program offers mentorship opportunities to a diverse student body across various faculties on campus. Their mission is to help first-year students ease into their new post-secondary lifestyle with help from upper-year students with similar academic and cultural […]

by Alysia Burdi· · Business, News
Backflip is a photo crowdsourcing app currently available in the iOS platform. (Veronica Silva Cusi/ Ryersonian Staff)

New startups join DMZ

This version corrects the description of Levin’s former job in paragraph 10 and the name of the DMZ in paragraph 2. Ryerson’s business incubator has welcomed two new startups along with the new school year. Backflip and SteadfastBeta are the latest startups to join the DMZ, formerly known as the Digital Media Zone, an organization for new companies looking to […]

by Veronica Cusi· · Business, News
Elli_Voutsinas (right) Ali Fattahi (right)  (Sonia El Boury / Ryersonian Staff)

Students pitch their businesses at annual GCM expo

Ellie Voutsinas hands out digital prints of stickers, business cards, flyers and cupcakes with digital printed logos of ‘Pastels & Promenade’ logo to passers-bys. Along with group members Ali Fattahi, Tak Po Chu, Deborah Lewis and Harleen Sign, she created Pastels & Promenade, a business prints on food items with a special inkjet printer. Her booth was set up alongside […]

by Sonia El Boury· · Business, News
Barry Avrich and a fan.(courtesy of Avrich's Facebook page)

Barry Avrich: Don’t blend in

Things have changed a lot at Ryerson since Barry Avrich was a student. Back then, he says, the school wasn’t a university yet, and he was about 100 pounds heavier. But the advice his father gave him all those years ago is something he still preaches to students today: Don’t blend in. Avrich joined Ryerson students at the Law, Business, […]

by Monique Phillips· · Business
MixItMedia aims to take pub crawls to the next level

MixItMedia aims to take pub crawls to the next level

Take yourself back to your childhood where pretending to be a detective or a secret agent was one of the ideal ways to get through a summer day at home. Now, ring that nostalgic feeling to the present, but combine it with a phone app-guided pub crawl. The secret agent pub crawl is the newest venture from Ryerson-based startup, MixItMedia. […]

by Daisy Badu· · Arts & Life, Business
Editor Hannah Yakobi Reveals the Secret to a Successful Business

Editor Hannah Yakobi Reveals the Secret to a Successful Business

In an oversaturated market where nine out of 10 business start-ups fail, persistence is key, says Hannah Yakobi, editor-in-chief and creator of FAJO Magazine. Yakobi shared this and other pro tips at a talk at the Ryerson Fashion Zone where she was recently appointed as an advisor. She said that one needs to stand out in order to be successful […]

by Jessica Murray· · Arts & Life, Business, Fashion
Drop-in tutoring is in session

Drop-in tutoring is in session

The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) is changing the way it caters to students. Apart from the office hours provided by professors, free drop-in tutoring sessions administered by Academic Support Services of the business department have been increased Monday through Friday. Drop-in sessions last throughout the entire day for up to two hours at a time. All students registered […]

by Caroline Dinnall· · Arts & Life, Business, education
Cristian Villamarin and Alanna Harvey are co-founders of Flipd.  (Jessica Murray/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson alumni to launch new app called Flipd

Here’s one app that won’t have you glued to your phone. Ryerson alumna Alanna Harvey and co-founder, Cristian Villamarin, are launching their new app, Flipd, at the beginning of February. The app limits time people spend using their phones and controls the habit of excessive device use. Users can lock – or flip off – their mobile or tablet devices […]

Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

Blynk nominated for Canadian Startup Award

A startup from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone is in the running for an award at this year’s Canadian Startup Awards, as the public voting stage is underway. Blynk, a personal styling app that generates outfits based on what users like and dislike, is nominated for the accelerator graduate award alongside five other startups. With nominees chosen mostly by the public, […]

Rye student tries to change the way we think about going to university

Rye student tries to change the way we think about going to university

When Gizelle Lao finished her TED Talk, she says she walked off the stage feeling a greater rush of emotions than she ever had in university. “Your subjective thinking sparks innovation,” she said to the crowd of hundreds. Lao was speaking at the fifth annual TEDxRyersonU conference. Her TED Talk was about taking down binaries that are part of our […]

More workshops in professional soft skills offered to graduate students

More workshops in professional soft skills offered to graduate students

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies has expanded and re-launched its professional skills program that includes a new partnership with an online trainer. Future Smart: Essential Professional Skills for Graduate Students program is focused on helping graduate students develop professional skills that will assist in their post-university transition, career search and in their future career. Students can take the program […]

An illustration of how the #Paid process works.

DMZ startup wants to get #Paid for making deals between celebrities and companies they endorse socially

A recent addition to Ryerson’s DMZ aims to broker deals between companies and the celebrities that might endorse their products on social media. Its name hits the nail on the head: #Paid. Co-founder Bryan Gold says #Paid allows the brand and celebrity to communicate in a chat room about product posts online through mediums such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube — all with the […]

Fashion startup Parker & Pine caters to plus-size men’s fashion

Fashion startup Parker & Pine caters to plus-size men’s fashion

A Toronto-based fashion startup, Parker & Pine, is catering to plus-sized men by providing them with high quality and properly fitted clothing. “Parker & Pine is a brand that proves plus-size men can dress well and dress comfortably,” said Irfan Hajee, co-creator of the company. “We give big men style choice.” After noticing the neglect in plus-size style, two friends, […]

Fashion graduate collects worldly treasures for store, GoodFolk

Fashion graduate collects worldly treasures for store, GoodFolk

For Emilie Dolenc, travelling around the province with her boyfriend to find the perfect pieces for her new home was just a way of exploring her new-found hobby of interior decorating. The Ryerson fashion communications grad and her boyfriend, Matt Hodgins, visited vintage shops, fairs and estate sales to find unique items for her home. But earlier this year, the […]

TEDxRyersonU event proves that “echoes” theme resonates with students

TEDxRyersonU event proves that “echoes” theme resonates with students

Kevin Shaw, an RTA School of media alumni, lost his vision at 19 during his first-year of university. Today, he is an innovator in the world of entertainment production and is the founder of Zagga Entertainment, an on-demand site to stream described videos (DV) for the visually impaired. “People aren’t disabled, it’s the environment that’s disabling them,” said Shaw at […]

Allen Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad shares his ups and downs of launching many businesses to an audience of entrepreneur hopefuls at Digital Media Zone Friday night. (Janelle Jordan / The Ryersonian)

Entrepreneurship at Ryerson: a life skill that’s not just for entrepreneurs anymore

“Don’t expect to be an overnight success.” “Ninety per cent of startup businesses fail.” These were some of the tough love takeaway messages students and aspiring entrepreneurs heard from Allen Lau. Lau, CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, was the keynote speaker marking the finale of Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Digital Media Zone on Friday  evening. But it wasn’t all bad […]

Ryerson groups help 10-year-old pitch business on Next Gen Den

Ryerson groups help 10-year-old pitch business on Next Gen Den

Abi Smithson is just like any other 10-year-old. She goes to school. She’s a part of the Girl Guides of Canada. She plays on her trampoline. But something sets Abi apart from others her age: On Nov. 12, Abi pitched her business on the Next Gen Den, the youth version of Dragon’s Den. She’s the CEO of her own company, […]

Early childhood education student runs online store, The Gift of Glamour

Early childhood education student runs online store, The Gift of Glamour

Sofia Beg is a 21-year-old student in Ryerson’s early childhood education program. While her friends have midterms on their minds, she’s thinking about how she can make her customers happy. Whenever Beg gets a break in the middle of class, she frantically refreshes her email to check the Instagram page of her business for updates. When she has a couple […]

Ted Rogers School of Management brings in big industry professionals for Retail Week

Ted Rogers School of Management brings in big industry professionals for Retail Week

“Men are faithful. Women are not,” said retail mogul Harry Rosen to shocked Ryerson students on Tuesday. Amidst the laughter that followed, Rosen clarified his point. He said men are more faithful than women – when it comes to shopping. He added that customer loyalty should never be underestimated. The founder of one of Canada’s most successful luxury retail companies, […]

Stephen Poloz, the Governor of the Bank of Canada, made comments in support of unpaid internships.

Controversial comment angers Ryerson students

In the midst of the seemingly endless unpaid internship debate, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has angered university students with his comments. Poloz told the CBC that university graduates should “acquire more experience through unpaid internships or volunteering until the country’s hobbled job market picks up.” Poloz believes the job market will improve over the next two years. The […]

Ryerson students reveal their online aliases

Ryerson students reveal their online aliases

Sylvia Ta Part-time business administration and marketing Alias: Sylvia Beautycakez on YouTube For Sylvia Ta, being a YouTube personality was not part of her plan when she uploaded her first hair tutorial in high school. “It was actually kind of a fluke,” said Ta. Ta created the video for a friend living afar who had asked her how she had […]

Ryerson new media graduate helps kids to learn code

Ryerson new media graduate helps kids to learn code

As technology continues to affect our everyday lives, a Ryerson new media graduate is working to make sure that children are prepared by teaching the language of code. Kathryn Barrett is the youth program lead for Kids Learning Code, a not-for-profit organization that teaches the process of coding through various workshops. “It’s kind of the same choice as if a […]

Ted Rogers Management Conference looks for bright ideas

New study reveals Canadians don’t trust politicians

New study reveals Canadians don’t trust politicians

A national study led by the Ted Rogers School of Management states Canadians rate politicians as among the most mistrusted professionals. The survey, by Professors Chris MacDonald and Hershell Ezrin, was conducted for the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program by the Gandalf Group. About 1,000 adults across Canada and 400 residents living in the GTA were surveyed using an online […]

Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone collaborates for #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone collaborates for #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Innovators, designers and storytellers got together in groups at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday. By the end of the day, each group had to present an innovative idea for the library of the future. Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone, Penguin Random House and the Toronto Reference Library collaborated to hold the very first #YourFry Library Design Challenge. The hashtag #YourFry signifies […]

Live Blog: #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Live Blog: #YourFry Library Design Challenge

Reporters Rachel Surman and Rebecka Calderwood are spending the day at the Toronto Reference Library at the #Yourfry Library Design Challenge.

The Startup Open House takes place Oct. 30 from  4-7 p.m. 
(Alexis Allison, Ryersonian Staff)

‘Welcome to the future’ with startup open house

Funky art, open concept spaces, post-and-beam structures and messy work stations. That’s what Brendan Dellandrea says participants of the Toronto Startup Open House can expect when over 100 startup companies throughout downtown Toronto open their doors to the public on Oct. 30. But it’s the people inside these spaces that will be the real draw, he says. Dellandrea is the […]

(Alisha Sawhney / Ryersonian Staff)

Art installations inspire student entrepreneurs around Ryerson

Four tall chalkboards popped up across campus Monday morning. Each tall chalkboard was an art installation with light bulbs activated by nearby movements asking, “Have any bright ideas?” Named the CR3ATE Box, the installations are part of the Ted Rogers Management Conference’s new program calling student entrepreneurs to build on their business ideas. The program invites 10 teams to attend […]

Q-and-A with Ryerson’s new distinguished visiting professor, Helen Burstyn

Q-and-A with Ryerson’s new distinguished visiting professor, Helen Burstyn

    Ryerson University has recently welcomed Helen Burstyn as a distinguished visiting professor in social innovation and enterprise. Burstyn has been involved in government, community service and business for 35 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with students. The Toronto resident is chair of The Partnership Forum, the Ontario government’s advisory body on the not-for-profit sector. She […]

by Natalie Marynowski· · Business, education, jobs, News, On Campus
Arlene Throness is the coordinator of Rye's HomeGrown, a group that maintains the gardens at Ryerson University. (Tristan Simpson/Ryersonian Staff)

RHG: Growing from the ground up

Scroll over the map to find gardens on campus.   As Arlene Throness heads to work, she weaves her way through the crowd of students in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, eager to get to the stairwell to escape the chaos that surrounds her. She unlocks the door at the top of the stairs and enters her paradise: […]

by Tristan Simpson· · Business, Features, Food, Health, students
The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre has a price tag of over one million dollars - and climbing. (Laura Calabrese/Ryersonian Staff)

Sport media centre opens this week

An old storage room in the MAC is now home to a state-of-the-art production centre, with a price tag of over $1 million and climbing. The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre was built as a part of the RTA School of Media’s newest program, Sport Media, which provides students with access to the latest in production technology. “We want our Sport […]

A drone for aerial photography, made in the Ryerson DMZ

A drone for aerial photography, made in the Ryerson DMZ

DreamQii is a startup at the Ryerson Digital Media Zone that is making an internet-connected drone for aerial photographers. Check out their work in this video! The Internet of Things is a growing movement toward connecting more and more devices to the internet, including common devices like refrigerators, coffee machines, and home heating systems. You can read more about Ryerson’s […]

by Dilys Chan· · Business, Science & Technology, Videos
Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Refrigerators that tell you when you’re low on milk. Coffee makers that sync with your alarm. Umbrellas that beep when it’s about to rain. It might sound like something straight from a 1980s sci-fi movie, but in the not-so-distant future, it could be our reality. During the Internet’s first coming in the 1990s, we could only access the network on […]

Kirstine Stewart, CEO of Twitter Canada, with 2013 winner Samantha Sim.

In their shoes

Students across Canada are competing for their chance to spend a day walking in the shoes of a senior executive. “CEO x 1 Day” is organized by Odgers Berndston, a global executive search firm. After receiving positive feedback from its pilot last year, the company decided to bring the competition back and expand. A total of 21 CEOs — almost […]

From Ray Rice to sweat shops, ethics expert weighs in on recent controversies

From Ray Rice to sweat shops, ethics expert weighs in on recent controversies

Ryerson University Prof. Chris MacDonald is one of the world’s leading business ethics bloggers. His site, businessethicsblog.com, features more than 1,100 posts on stories such as the domestic abuse scandal of professional footballer Ray Rice, religion in corporate culture and Facebook’s (ever looming) privacy control controversies. His commentary fuses philosophical and business perspectives when analyzing current events. MacDonald’s writing has […]

The RSU holds up sign about student debt during Magnet launch. (Laura Calabrese?Ryersonian Staff)

RSU crashes event for job portal Magnet Today

Members of the Ryerson Students’ Union interrupts the governments announcement that they will be funding @MagnetToday.