Brilliant Catalyst's mission is inspire and empower the next generation of change makers by building a community of experts, entrepreneurs, advisors, and influencers to fuel innovative change and put more Canadian ventures on the map. That is why we focus on cultivating top talent.
We believe the creativity and diversity that is within the walls at Ontario Tech University can help accelerate the success of ventures in our community. Through our carefully curated programs, we provide a dynamic platform where individuals can explore, experiment, and excel in their entrepreneurial journey.
Our mission is to build a community of experts, entrepreneurs, advisors, and influencers to fuel innovative change and put more Canadian ventures on the map. That's why we focus on cultivating top talent.
We believe the creativity and diversity that's within the walls at Ontario Tech University can help accelerate the success of ventures in our community. Through our carefully curated programs, we provide a dynamic platform where individuals can explore, experiment, and excel in their entrepreneurial journey.
Dr. Osman Hamid is the Director of Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Ontario Tech University.
Osman is passionate about the entrepreneurial mindset and the experiential learning potential that can come from it.
He made his mark as a builder and a leader through innovative student and community engagement initiatives for a decade at Toronto Metropolitan University (previous known as Ryerson University).
Connor started working with the Brilliant Catalyst in 2018, and has had the opportunity to work with over 200 start-up companies during his tenure with the Brilliant Catalyst.
Connor leads the multi-talent Brilliant Catalyst team and provides oversight and support to the various experiential learning and entrepreneurship programs offered through the Brilliant Catalyst.
Leen Jaber is a skilled communication specialist focused on achieving results through captivating narratives across various media channels.
She excels in internal company communications, using bulletins and events to keep stakeholders informed and organized. With experience in coordinating technology-driven projects,
Leen is also adept at creating and delivering programs, initiatives, workshops, and events. She has a talent for managing relationships and collaborating effectively with diverse stakeholders.
Maryam is an accomplished Program Officer for Experience Ventures at the Brilliant Catalyst, a university-based incubator at Ontario Tech University.
With experience working with start-ups and organizations across various industries, including Hospitality & Tourism, Telecommunications, and Healthcare, Maryam brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
She has a proven track record in delivering entrepreneurship programming, including hackathons, challenges, work-integrated learning opportunities, and more.
Lina Hamouda (she/her) serves as the Program Coordinator for Brilliant Catalyst, the start-up incubator at Ontario Tech University.
Her expertise in entrepreneurship, innovative ideas, and unique solutions is evident in her leadership of the Start-Up Visa Program in Brilliant Catalyst, which fosters a community of international changemakers.
Her experience in creating innovative and dynamic environments for trailblazers, entrepreneurs, and leaders has earned her a reputation as a visionary leader who is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to bring people and ideas together.
Marissa George is a Program Coordinator at the Brilliant Catalyst. Her experience in various departments at Ontario Tech has given her a diverse skill set that she brings to her role as Program Coordinator for the Incubator Program.
In addition to her expertise in communications, student development, and outreach, she also has valuable knowledge in areas such as project management, event planning, and community engagement.
Denzel is the program coordinator for the Black Entrepreneurship & Skilled Trades program with the Brilliant Catalyst at Ontario Tech University.
Denzel employs a diverse set of skills and attention to detail in contributing to his team's efforts in delivering Brilliant Catalyst material.
He draws from his institutional and self-gained experience in e-commerce, web development, and graphic design to tackle small to large scale problems with identifiable and unique solutions.
It's crucial that as a startup you have access to a network of experienced mentors and advisors who offer guidance on various aspects of entrepreneurship. Our mentors bring industry knowledge, connections, and practical insights that can significantly accelerate your startup's growth.
We know startups often require specialized resources, whether it's access to cutting-edge technology, business consulting, or expert guidance. That's why we prioritize this need through the delivery of our workshops, the roster of our experts in residence, and our network of entrepreneurs.
We encourage our startups to focus on the actions that move the needle, this is why our programming includes workshops, seminars, and training sessions that address critical areas like product development, marketing, legal compliance, and financial management.