Innovation Insights



Student innovation and entrepreneurship at BioLinc
“There are some great things growing at our incubator and they are setting the stage for some very exciting business competitions coming up later this year.”

IAN FARR

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari Inc.

At Brock University, these “doers” are found in BioLinc, Brock’s business and bioscience incubator. From morning to night (and usually much later than that), BioLinc is filled with the business innovators of tomorrow. If this place is anything to go by, the future of business in Niagara and Canada as a whole is looking pretty bright.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, starting early isn’t a necessity, but it is an advantage. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates emphasizes the importance of failure in this quote and by starting early, young entrepreneurs have plenty of time to bounce back from failure. Every day, students can be found in the collaborative space of BioLinc generating ideas, sharing insights, and developing their businesses. Sure, these small start-ups may not all explode into million-dollar corporations, but if failure is necessary to succeed, then failing at a young age when the stakes aren’t high seems a good time to do so.

Sure, the unlimited coffee helps, but what really makes BioLinc great are the minds that it attracts. Among the student entrepreneurs are a social entrepreneur whose foundation helps the development of youth in his home country of Cameroon, a student working to lessen the tuition expenses of international individuals looking to study in Canada, and a 19-year-old who has pursued more ventures than most will in their entire lifetime.

When I first began working out of BioLinc, I felt somewhat small compared to these students and what they’ve been able to achieve at such an early point in their lives. After spending time in the incubator working on my own project, I quickly learned just how humble and helpful my fellow student entrepreneurs truly are. Everyone in BioLinc is willing to take the time to answer each others’ questions and provide help where they can. Students are constantly conversing, proofing each others documents, and even taking part in impromptu brainstorming sessions to help others build on their ideas.

All of this creates an atmosphere that facilitates innovation and fosters entrepreneurship. There are some great things growing at our incubator and they are setting the stage for some very exciting business competitions coming up later this year. Keep an eye on Brock University; student entrepreneurship is on the rise.

Ian Farr is a BioLinc Ambassador at BioLinc at Brock University. He is currently in the third year of his Honours Business Co-op degree at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Ian plays a key role in promoting and generating awareness of BioLinc at Brock as well as the Niagara Region.

For more information, go to www.brocku.ca/biolinc.

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