Western students showcased their entrepreneurial skills in the UCC on Tuesday as part of Propel’s startup market event, where local startup businesses presented their products to generate revenues and build brand awareness.
Propel is a service that provides Western students with entrepreneurship advice and opportunities. At the market, a variety of products were being sold from seven vendors, ranging from jewelry and pocket squares to teapots.
“[UCC Startup Market] gives you a lot of brand awareness,” notes Kishwar Hashemee, founder of EVOQ, a fashion startup. “Alongside that, sales are great.”
Michelle Stanescu, Propel program coordinator, commented that the startups were rather successful last year at their first ever event.
“We had eight startups come out and sell. I think out of all of them, only one didn’t break even,” said Stanescu. “The majority of them would do over a thousand in sales.”
Because of the success, Propel is looking to host the startup market event once per semester.
“If any entrepreneurs are looking to try to get their retail startup going, definitely contact us and we can get them into the next startup market,” said Stanescu.