A Western service is helping launch student business ideas

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After finishing school students are eager to find a job,┬ábut some are creating their own opportunities while still getting an education. Propel is the entrepreneurial execrator service at Western that assists students, alumni, and Londoners with turning ideas into profiting businesses. The service hosts an annual startup market on Western’s campus, which allows for business exposure and gives startups a chance to test their products. Michelle Stanescu is a Western University consumer behaviour graduate and the Propel Program Coordinator; she says that for some of the startups this is their first time having a vendor booth.
Propel provides everything for young entrepreneurs to be successful including mentorship, seed funding opportunities, education, training, and access to business analysts. Stanescu says that the best way to be successful is to talk to people about your business idea, and launch a business that solves a problem as opposed to tweaking an already existent one.

Kishwar Hashemee is the founder of Evok, a fashion line for men. Hashemee is a fifth year finance student at Western and says he has always known he has wanted to go into the fashion industry; both his parents worked in the design, with his Mother owning a boutique, and his father heading up a textile company. Hashemee says his brand is centred on evoking emotion through the men’s fashion he designs. Taking after his parents, he spends much of his time designing and producing high quality men’s pocket squares, bow ties, lapel flowers, and ties. Hashemee is now working on expanding his business.

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