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The Hub hosts entrepreneurs to inspire students

Daniel Bartok (centre) speaking to attendees at The Hub event (photo by Terence Chang)

Two influential and passionate entrepreneurs shared their insights with UTSC students Monday, Jan 13 as The Hub kick-started 2014 with a series of events aiming at stimulating knowledge, skills and creativity.

The C3 Inspire event featured Christine Lu, account manager at Edelman and fashion director for, a popular lifestyle and fashion blog and Daniel Bartek, co-founder and CEO of Sage Mixology, an innovative company that seeks to modernize the ready-to-drink segment of the alcohol industry.

The speakers shared their personal entrepreneurial experiences with about 60 students, challenging them to always strive to take their innovative skills to the next level.

C3 is an organization that runs events where students from various universities across Ontario can attend to connect with other students and entrepreneurs, and create social change or business initiatives, under the guidance of and in collaboration with entrepreneurs and experienced professionals.

“At C3 we invite both collaborators and entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds so that they can meet and work together to get an initiative started,” says Saara Maherali, national operations director at C3 Inspire. “We also take the students through the whole iteration of starting a business - from generating an idea, to making a business plan, and finally to making a pitch to investors.”

The Hub Director Gray Graffam says events like this are a great way for students to network and sharpen their inventive ideas. Along with many speakers planned for the IDEA Speaker Series featuring Canadian leaders in high tech industry this year, The Hub will also be launching the next round of AppStar competition on April 3.

On January 24, there will be a “Consultpreneur Event,” an opportunity for UTSC students to consult and receive guidance on a real business, interacting with consultants from Deloitte and M.J. Zafar.

More information can be obtained at The Hub’s website at

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