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Constructing a future through entrepreneurship

  • Alumni Gazette
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  • May 24, 2017
Constructing a future through entrepreneurship

Lauren Lake, BESc ’13, (left) and Mallorie Brodie, HBA/BA ’13 (right)

Frank Neufeld, Alumni Gazette

As Ivey and Western students, Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake used to wake up early before their 8:30 a.m. classes to conduct research, work on ideas, and begin shaping what would become their company.

In 2014, Brodie, HBA/BA ’13, and Lake, BESc ’13, founded Bridgit, a startup technology company that helps construction companies with job-site issues.

The business partners first met in 2013 as participants in The Next 36, a program for young Canadian entrepreneurs that provides mentorship, capital, and founder development. Neither knew each other prior to the program, but they were teamed up on Day One. And they stuck together.

“We honestly got lucky. We hit it off right away,” said Brodie. “For business partners to have a sustainable relationship together – because there are so many ups and downs – there must be complete alignment on where you’re trying to go.”