Success in Startups!

posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Grade 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to meet a guest speaker, SJR alum Ben Grynol '99, as he gave a talk on entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, and thinking outside of the box.

Mr. Grynol has expertise in many facets of business strategy. Over the course of his career, he has worked as both an entrepreneur and a consultant within the design, retail, and manufacturing industries. During this time, he founded several different ventures, including Top & Derby, a start-up that makes design-driven home healthcare products such as walking canes and compression socks. The initiative aimed to change the stigma of disability by inspiring the self-confidence of people who use assistive products.

Ben explained the different types of crowdfunding, and gave students tips on choosing an industry. He also explained that there’s more than one way to get to where you want to be, and that even some of the biggest business ideas out there today may have started with their own fair share of naysayers, but highlighted the importance of effort.

As part of the Grade 9 Business course, students explore various aspects of business, such as finance, manufacturing, human resources, and marketing. The second half of their course has a focus on entrepreneurship, and they are given the chance to experience what starting and running their own mini business feels like!

The Grade 10 Business course, Visions and Ventures, continues to look at entrepreneurship, but students take a deeper look at the different elements and factors that can affect starting up a new venture, such as economic factors, current trends, and market research.

The session ended with an enthusiastic Q&A, and students were excited and inspired to take what they learned back to the classroom for their very own ventures!