Jack Rosen Entrepreneurship Panel

Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Are you curious about entrepreneurship? Have an innovative business idea that solves an environmental issue? Learn how to take your ideas from conception to execution!

GreenHouse in partnership with the Faculty of Environment is pleased to present the Jack Rosen Entrepreneurship Panel. You don't want to miss this chance to hear from three entrepreneurs and the director of GreenHouse at United College, Tania Del Matto. Learn about the Jack Rosen Memorial Award and the upcoming pitch competition that can kick start your business.

The event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Snacks will be provided, but seats are limited.

Meet the panelists

Tania Del Matto

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Tania Del Matto is an experienced sustainability professional, having worked with a variety of private-sector industries, public sector institutions, non-profits and social-purpose businesses. She is also an experienced social entrepreneur, having started and operated My Sustainable Canada, an enterprising social venture with a national mandate to help organizations use their purchasing decisions to drive social change.

As Director of United College's GreenHouse, she now pursues her passion of mentoring and connecting social innovators and entrepreneurs to create, launch and amplify projects and startups that tackle pressing social and environmental problems.

Dr Lauren Smith

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Lauren Smith (she/her) is an interdisciplinary scholar passionate about climate behaviour and gender equity. In 2017, Lauren founded PolyGone Technologies to address the microplastic problem, initially striving to develop a washing machine filter to prevent microplastics released from the washing of synthetic clothing from entering waterways. PolyGone soon pivoted to focus on microplastic detection, ultimately developing an automated method to find microplastics faster and more affordably than typical lab methods. Although no longer operating, the start-up experience taught her a lot and she continues to support entrepreneurially-minded students through coaching and is engaged with equity efforts in the start-up space.

Justin Succar

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Justin Succar is the founder of DropPoint Waste Solutions a venture he started as an undergrad to explore innovations in waste diversion in high density units.  His venture earned recognition with the 2022 Jack Rosen Memorial Award for Environmental Innovation.

Justin currently works at the Region of  Waterloo as a Project Coordinator in the Waste Management Division. He recently graduated with a  Bachelor of Environmental Studies with Honours in Environment and Resource Sustainability  complemented by a minor in Geography and Environmental Management, as well as Business and Entrepreneurship and a Diploma in Environmental Assessment. Starting this spring, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a professional football player in the Canadian Football League.

Jason Amri

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Jason Amri is the co-founder of 3cycle, a UW-based social venture working to close the loop on 3D-printed waste. He is a 4th year Computer Science and Business Student with over a decade of experience with 3D printing. Jason has past experiences in Tech Strategy and Management Consulting across startups and large enterprises. He's passionate about finding innovative solutions to address the big problems facing our world