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2018 Recipients G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Johanne Bélanger


Johanne Bélanger has served as a member of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Council since 2015. She has provided leadership and advice on curriculum, technology and trends in the industry, and is a committed guest speaker at the school. Back to top

 

Friedrich Blase, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Friedrich Blase


Since 2016, Friedrich has been an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Ryerson’s Legal Innovation Zone. His experience and guidance has helped several startups navigate the challenging world of legal technology, contributing to the zone’s (and Toronto’s) status as leaders in the legal tech startup scene. Back to top

 

Bruce F. Bowen


Bruce represented Ryerson as a speaker in Barbados, and connected with the DMZ to explore potential Caribbean partnerships. His support has helped position Ryerson as the university of choice for Caribbean students considering study in Canada. Back to top

 

James P. Bowland, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

James P. Bowland


As a member of the School of Accounting and Finance Advisory Council in the Ted Rogers School of Management, James has provided strategic advice on student employability, co-operative education, program structure, and market trends. His mentoring and guidance have helped scores of students discover new career paths. Back to top

 

Marsha Brown, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Marsha Brown

Social Work ’09


A 2009 Social Work graduate, Marsha has played an important role building partnerships and providing strategic advice to Ryerson’s Office of Equity and Community Inclusion. As a member of the Viola Desmond Awards Review Committee since 2015, and through her years of involvement with the Ryerson Diversity Institute, she has been an inspiring role model for alumni and students. Back to top

 

Bert Bruser, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Bert Bruser


Bert has served as an outstanding guest lecturer with the Ryerson School of Journalism for many years. With his fellow Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients Ryder Gililand and Brian MacLeod Rogers, he has taught more than 2,000 students about the fundamentals of media law, and has provided vital, pro bono legal advice and assistance to RSJ students and publications. Back to top

 

James R. Bullock

Merchandising Administration ’65


James Bullock graduated from Merchandising Administration in 1965. He began volunteering at Ryerson in 1979, serving two consecutive terms on the Board of Governors, including two years as chair. James acted as liaison with Sears Canada, assisting with the company’s donation of more than an acre of land, and a low-rise building at the corner of Church and Dalhousie streets – at the time, the largest private donation to Ryerson. Back to top

 

Margery Campbell, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Margery Campbell

Secretarial Science ’65


Ryerson’s Human Resources department and Human Rights Services have been fortunate to have Edith Mannes, Margery Campbell, Vicki Green, and Secretarial Science ’65 alumna Marianne Clark, as exemplary volunteers for many years. Together, they have donated thousands of hours assisting employee Sri Pathmanathan with his vision loss. By providing the opportunity for someone with a visual impairment to thrive within the campus community, they support Ryerson’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Back to top

 

Tom Chapman


As a member of the Centre for Urban Energy Advisory Board since 2013, Tom's vision, advice and vast knowledge of the electrical power sector have enabled CUE to become a leading research centre at Ryerson. Back to top

 

Paul Cheevers, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Paul Cheevers

RTA School of Media ’95


After graduating from the RTA School of Media in 1995, Paul has served with the Ryerson University Alumni Association, and on the Ryerson Board of Governors. Initially serving as RUAA’s secretary and treasurer, he also served as vice-president and eventually president. Thanks to his leadership, the RUAA has grown in size and vitality. Back to top

 

Patrick Cheung, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Patrick Cheung

Civil Engineering ’82


A 1982 Civil Engineering graduate, Patrick has volunteered with the Ryerson Urban Water program for close to a decade. In addition to his service on steering committees for research projects, workshops and conferences, Patrick has been a speaker at numerous symposia, a judge at several events, and a valuable mentor for students studying water management. Back to top

 

Marianne Clark, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Marianne Clark

Secretarial Science ’65


Ryerson’s Human Resources department and Human Rights Services have been fortunate to have Edith Mannes, Margery Campbell, Vicki Green, and Secretarial Science ’65 alumna Marianne Clark, as exemplary volunteers for many years. Together, they have donated thousands of hours assisting employee Sri Pathmanathan with his vision loss. By providing the opportunity for someone with a visual impairment to thrive within the campus community, they support Ryerson’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Back to top

 

Frank Clayton, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Frank Clayton


Frank, a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development, helped prepare CUR to launch by talking with planners, government officials and industry representatives to define its mission and gain support. He continually draws on his connections and reputation to contribute to the centre. Back to top

 

Enid Collins


Ryerson Professor Emerita, Enid Collins launched her nursing career in Jamaica before coming to Canada in the early 1960s. In addition to serving as a volunteer on the Board of Governors from 1991 to 1993, Enid mentored students and colleagues in nursing and healthcare, particularly from minority groups, and paved the way for others following in her footsteps. Back to top

 

Gordon Cressy, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Gordon Cressy


Gordon served as the vice-president of Ryerson’s University Advancement department from 1999 to 2002, and has since been an ambassador at several campus events. At Ryerson, his commitment to volunteerism led to the establishment of the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards and, in 2001, he played a key role in bringing Nelson Mandela to the university to receive an honorary doctorate. Back to top

 

The Honourable David Crombie, CM


The Honourable David Crombie taught in the Public Administration program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. He was the first Chancellor of Ryerson after it became a university, and was conferred the title of Chancellor Emeritus in 2006. David pioneered city building at Ryerson, and created a strong legacy of civic engagement that continues to this day. Back to top

 

Beverley A. Dales

Merchandising Administration ’60


Beverley Dales graduated from Ryerson's business program in the sixties, a time when few women were enrolled. A volunteer for many years, she was part of the Ted Rogers School of Management Advisory Committee, an alumna representative on the Board of Governors, and a reunion coordinator. Bev also agreed to be the face of planned giving for the university. It was a tremendous loss to the Ryerson community when Bev passed away in 2016. Her passion and deep commitment will always be remembered. Back to top

 

Graeme Davis, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Graeme Davis


As a startup founder in Ryerson’s DMZ, Graeme is an advocate for Toronto’s tech ecosystem. He assists dozens of entrepreneurs outside of Toronto in order to help promote the DMZ, and is deeply involved with its marketing, recruitment of startups and community-led initiatives. Graeme also reaches out to other founders, and generously shares his experience with his peers. Back to top

 

Marcel Deurvorst, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Marcel Deurvorst


Marcel has spent over 13 years working with the LIFE Institute, a delivery partner in Programs for Fifty-Plus at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. He has taught at least two courses a year, and his ingenuity in sourcing space for classes and special events helped the LIFE Institute deliver 80 courses in one semester alone. Back to top

 

Susan Devins, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Susan Devins


Susan has been an essential member of the Ryerson Image Centre docent team since it opened in 2012. Her infectious enthusiasm for the visual arts and art education captivates visitors of all ages and perspectives, and her commitment to making art accessible has created an enduring contribution to the Ryerson community. Back to top

 

Susan Fletcher


Susan Fletcher has served as a field instructor to Ryerson social work students for over 12 years. She helps students gain real-world experience, and has gone beyond her role as a voluntary educator by seeking out additional professional development and training opportunities for students. Back to top

 

Al Flood


In 1989, Al Flood served as co-chair for the corporate sector of Ryerson’s With Pride and Purpose fundraising campaign. Al was a member of the university’s first Board of Governors from 1989 to 1996 and, over the years, has generously introduced to Ryerson many friends and colleagues who have gone on to become supporters, ambassadors and volunteers. Back to top

 

Lynda Friendly, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Lynda Friendly

Hotel Resort and Institutional Administration ’70, Business Management ’99


A Ryerson alumna, Lynda has served as an Advisory Council member for the Faculty of Communication & Design’s School of Fashion for more than 15 years. She is an Alumni Achievement Award recipient and was also a government appointee to the Board of Governors in 1993, when Ryerson was established as a university. Back to top

 

Melody Gaukel, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Melody Gaukel


Melody has served as a community coach to several startups at Ryerson’s SocialVentures Zone since 2015. Her guidance has led them to focus their products, engage new customers and develop their businesses, and her enthusiasm and creativity have inspired students and young entrepreneurs to better communicate messages about their brands. Back to top

 

Mary Ghazarian, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Mary Ghazarian

Masters in Nursing ’16


Mary is the clinical director at The Toronto Clinic, an organization which has been instrumental to the success of the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program at the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. As student placement preceptor, Mary draws upon her experience as a graduate of the Ryerson nursing program to champion innovative and positive experiential learning opportunities for students. Back to top

 

Ryder Gilliland


Ryder has served as an outstanding guest lecturer with the Ryerson School of Journalism for many years. With his fellow Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients Bert Bruser and Brian MacLeod Rogers, he has taught more than 2,000 students about the fundamentals of media law, and has provided vital, pro bono legal advice and assistance to RSJ students and publications. Back to top

 

Vicki Green, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Vicki Green


Ryerson’s Human Resources department and Human Rights Services have been fortunate to have Edith Mannes, Margery Campbell, Vicki Green, and Secretarial Science ’65 alumna Marianne Clark, as exemplary volunteers for many years. Together, they have donated thousands of hours assisting employee Sri Pathmanathan with his vision loss. By providing the opportunity for someone with a visual impairment to thrive within the campus community, they support Ryerson’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Back to top

 

Joel Gregorio, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Joel Gregorio


Joel has been an invaluable community coach to Ryerson’s SocialVentures Zone startups. Since 2015 he has assisted with branding strategies, provided workshops and offered one-on-one coaching. Joel has also helped Fashion Zone students develop their brands and grow their businesses. Back to top

 

Christopher Hilkene, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Christopher Hilkene


Chris was a member of the Board of Governors from 2008 to 2017, and contributed his expertise to the planning of capital projects such as the Mattamy Athletic Centre, Ryerson Image Centre and the Student Learning Centre. Christopher’s guidance also helped cushion Ryerson’s employee pensions through the 2008 global recession. Back to top

 

Nancy Hill, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Nancy Hill


Nancy has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science since 2011. She thoughtfully participates with great knowledge and passion, and consistently offers insightful perspectives, and helps ensure diversity and inclusion are always part of the conversation. Back to top

 

Ian Horne, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Ian Horne

Photographic Arts ’76


A Photographic Arts ’76 alumnus, Ian was a member of the Ryerson University Alumni Association during its formative era, and served as its president from 2011 to 2014. He made a substantial impact on the Ryerson community through his board involvement, as well as in his role as alumni liaison for the university’s annual fund. Back to top

 

Anthony Karakatsanis, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Anthony Karakatsanis


Anthony joined the Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation Advisory Board in June 2016. As a trusted advisor, he has provided guidance on research projects, strategy and processes for selecting personnel, and the business model for the institute. Back to top

 

Michael Kennedy, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Michael Kennedy

Photographic Arts ’78


Michael, a 1978 graduate from Photographic Arts became a founding member and the inaugural president of the Image Arts Alumni Association in 2013. He was re-elected in 2018 and has been profoundly influential in recognizing the contributions of alumni to both the university and the film and photographic industries. Back to top

 

Greg Leaver, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Greg Leaver

Computer Science ’13


Since graduating from Computer Science in 2013, Greg has been an important participant in career mentoring and recruitment events, and volunteered his time and expertise to helping students connect with opportunities at Google, where he is a software engineer. Greg’s guidance has helped many students make important career decisions, and we are grateful for his continued support of Computer Science at Ryerson. Back to top

 

Ana P. Lopes


Ana spearheaded a successful fundraising campaign in 2016 to create the Lucy Molnar Wing Lecture Series in the School of Image Arts. A lasting tribute to the Ryerson alumna and Ana’s late friend, the lecture series brings celebrated filmmakers, photographers and new media producers to campus, and offers students and the creative community a chance to learn from some of the best in the industry. Back to top

 

Peter Lukasiewicz, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Peter Lukasiewicz


Peter joined the Board of Governors in 2004, serving as Chair from 2006 to 2010. He helped lead the university through a period of remarkable reputational growth and campus expansion, including the development of the university’s ambitious Master Plan. Peter also led a campaign to endow the Board of Governors Leadership Medal, an award recognizing academic excellence and outstanding student leadership. Back to top

 

Bridget Lynch, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Bridget Lynch


As a member of the Midwifery Education Program Advisory Council from 2011 to 2018, Bridget played a vital role in providing advice on program plans and policies. Her depth of knowledge and engagement has helped to ensure that the program remains responsive to the needs of the community. Back to top

 

Brian MacLeod Rogers, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Brian MacLeod Rogers


Brian has served as an outstanding guest lecturer with the Ryerson School of Journalism for many years. With his fellow Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients Bert Bruser and Ryder Gililand, he has taught more than 2,000 students about the fundamentals of media law, and has provided vital, pro bono legal advice and assistance to RSJ students and publications. Back to top

 

Wilbert Madarang, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Wilbert Madarang


Wilbert coaches a number of teams in the SocialVentures Zone. He volunteers his time and expertise to help them overcome challenges and guide them towards their greatest chance of success. Back to top

 

Jason Maghanoy, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Jason Maghanoy


By featuring one startup each week in NOW Magazine, Jason has opened a critical channel for startups in the SocialVentures Zone to share their work with the community, increasing the visibility and reach of SVZ enterprises, and raising awareness of their positive impact. Jason is ensuring Toronto reads about the amazing work being done by startups at the SVZ, and is working toward extending his coverage to the entire Ryerson zone community for even greater impact. Back to top

 

Michèle Maheux


Michèle served on the Ryerson Board of Governors from 2008 to 2016. She was chair of the executive committee, a member of the audit and finance committees and vice-chair. Michèle brought her 30 years of experience in strategy, operations and communications in the arts, culture and non-profit sectors to help chart Ryerson’s path. Back to top

 

Gerald Mak, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Gerald Mak

Information Technology Management ’13


Since graduating from the Ted Rogers School of Management in 2013, ‎Gerald has supported countless student group events, connecting students with the industry, and serving as a mentor. He regularly provides guidance on capstone projects, speaks at student-organized panels, judges case competitions, and has assisted in providing internships and hiring Ryerson co-op students‎ in the financial industry. Back to top

 

Edith Mannes


Ryerson’s Human Resources department and Human Rights Services have been fortunate to have Edith Mannes, Margery Campbell, Vicki Green, and Secretarial Science ’65 alumna Marianne Clark, as exemplary volunteers for many years. Together, they have donated thousands of hours assisting employee Sri Pathmanathan with his vision loss. By providing the opportunity for someone with a visual impairment to thrive within the campus community, they support Ryerson’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Back to top

 

Marilyn Monk, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Marilyn Monk


Since 2014, Marilyn has been a valued member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management, providing expert advice and guidance to ensure TRSM remains a highly successful, innovative and community-driven institution. Back to top

 

Timothy Muttoo

Chemical Engineering ’96


Timothy graduated from Ryerson’s School of Chemical Engineering in 1996. In 2008, he co-founded the nonprofit H2O 4 ALL, where he hires Ryerson co-op students and provides them with mentorship and hands-on experience that helps them become more socially-engaged engineers. Back to top

 

Fran Odette


Fran Odette has served as a community member on the Disability Studies Student Awards Selection Committee for five years, and was president of the Canadian Disability Studies Association in 2017, the year that Ryerson hosted the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Back to top

 

Toni Olshen, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Toni Olshen


The Ryerson Image Centre has been fortunate to have Toni on its docent team since opening its doors in 2012. Her enthusiasm inspires all visitors, and her dedication ensures that they benefit from an enriching experience through the power of the art on view. Back to top

 

Sara Peshnak, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Sara Peshnak

Retail Management ’13


The year after she graduated from Retail Management, Sara became president of the Ryerson Retail Alumni Association. With her team, she has planned annual events that draw fifty to a hundred attendees, including industry panels, a holiday market, tours of the Canadian e-commerce company Shopify, and the Retail Gala, which celebrates alumni and student achievements. Back to top

 

Valerie Pringle, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Valerie Pringle, CM

RTA School of Media ’74, DLaws ’12 (Hon)


A graduate from the RTA School of Media, Valerie has been an outstanding leader, consummate host and eloquent advocate for Ryerson University and our students and alumni. She is chair of the Ryerson Blue & Gold Society, was a sponsor team leader with the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge, and has served as host and keynote speaker on many occasions, including the Ryerson Dinner and the Ryerson Urban Farm series on the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof. Back to top

 

Marqez Ramsay, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Marqez Ramsay

Child and Youth Care ’15


Since graduating from Child and Youth Care in 2015, Marqez has graciously come back to Ryerson through the Tri-Mentoring Program to speak to first generation students about his experience as the first in his family to attend university. By sharing his journey, He has taught many high school students about the resources and mindset that make attaining a post-secondary education not only possible, but a reality. Back to top

 

Robert Schauer, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Robert Schauer

Business Management ’97


Robert, a 1997 Business Management graduate, has been instrumental in helping the Ted Rogers School of Management build its alumni programming. As a Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award winner, mentor in Ryerson’s Tri-Mentoring Program and former alumni speaker at convocation, Robert remains a passionate advocate for TRSM, its alumni and students. Back to top

 

Ed Scheck, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Ed Scheck

Business Administration ’70


Ed graduated from Business Administration at Ryerson in 1970. He has served as a member of the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management, a key strategic partner of the TRSM Business Career Hub, an esteemed mentor to a great number of students, and frequent speaker at Ryerson student and alumni events. Back to top

 

Frank Sheffield

Business Administration ’79, Business Management ’81


Over the last two decades, alumnus Frank Sheffield has gone above and beyond in support of the Rams hockey team. In addition to spearheading an initiative in tribute to the late Rams Hall of Famer, John Saunders, Frank has maintained the Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni website since 2000, and was co-founder of the $20 a Year Club for the Men's Hockey program. His efforts have helped bring Rams hockey alumni closer to Ryerson and given the current Rams hockey team matchless opportunities to perform at the highest level on and off the ice. Back to top

 

Abe Snobar, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Abe Snobar

Retail Management ’08


A 2008 Retail Management graduate, Abe has a long history of volunteering at Ryerson, including serving as a student member on the Board of Governors from 2006 to 2008 and alumni representative from 2014 to 2017. Abe served as marketing director with the Ryerson Retail Alumni Association from 2009 to 2011, and on the advisory committee for the Commerce Society from 2014 to 2017. Back to top

 

Chris Snoyer, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Chris Snoyer


Chris has helped mentor close to 100 student innovators at the DMZ, and helps Ryerson and Toronto-based student entrepreneurs secure meaningful employment after graduation. As a startup founder in the DMZ, Chris hosts a variety of talks in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, fosters an environment focused on social change through community-led fundraising events and, leading by example, encourages all members of the DMZ to participate in their community. Back to top

 

Sully Syed

Computer Science ’05


As one of the founding members and the current president of the Computer Science Alumni Association, Sully Syed has shared his knowledge and expertise with the Faculty of Science and the wider Ryerson community for over a decade. His commitment to strengthening and engaging the community of Computer Science alumni encourages a culture of participation and helps educate current students about the possibilities for their future career paths. Back to top

 

Ghufran Tarin

International Economics and Finance ’12


Ghufran Tarin is a dedicated Ryerson alumnus, role model and leader who has worked to further the presence of Ryerson students at Queen’s Park. He has developed strategic partnerships for Ryerson’s Department of Economics, helped facilitate and engage the Ministry of Finance to advance experiential learning opportunities for students, and has increased placement opportunities for both interns and graduates. His advocacy has elevated the reputation of the program. Back to top

 

John Taylor, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

John Taylor

Chemical Technology ’65


A 1965 Chemical Technology graduate, John has assisted Ryerson Athletics in becoming the leading competitor it is today. He co-founded the $20 a Year Club for the Men’s Hockey program, volunteered in a variety of capacities for major alumni events, and has worked for nearly a decade to increase alumni engagement. John’s mentorship and support has made an indelible impact on the Rams Men’s Hockey program. Back to top

 

Robert Toomey, 2018 recipient of G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award

Robert Toomey

Arts and Contemporary Studies ’11


Robert has been involved with Ryerson Athletics for many years as a hockey alumnus. As the inaugural chair of the Tri-Mentoring Program, Robert inspires and guides Ryerson students along their educational and career paths, helping to lead them towards a bright and successful future. Back to top

 

Dr. Fabio Varlese


Dr. Varlese is a preceptor partner for the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing’s Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program. As the chief medical officer at The Toronto Clinic, he has been instrumental in offering exceptional learning opportunities to Ryerson’s Nurse Practitioner students. As champions of nurse practitioners and excellent clinical teachers, Dr. Varlese and his team have helped shape the careers of many graduates from the program. Back to top

 

Eva Wong


Through events like the Women Founders accelerator program launch, Women in Tech and other DMZ alumni initiatives, Eva Wong has helped deliver world-class programming to support the growth of fellow entrepreneurs and increase the number of women-founded businesses at Ryerson’s DMZ. On social media platforms and in the media, she emphasizes how the DMZ and Ryerson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem have been pivotal to her success, and how more Toronto innovation communities can do the same for other early-stage startups. Back to top