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From Donuts to Dollars

Long before the donut was getting the cover treatment on Epicurious Magazine, Jordan Cash was dreaming of connecting the humble treat with a whole new class of consumers. All he needed was the business acumen to match his entrepreneurial ambition.

The UBC MBA, ranked among the top 45 Global Elite (QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2016-17), gave him all that and more.

Today, Jordan is reshaping Vancouver’s foodie scene with his ever-expanding gourmet donut empire.


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UBC Sauder's Culture

During his 16-month MBA program, Jordan immersed himself in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship career track where his Creativity class proved to be a turning point.

Here, Jordan and his classmates were challenged to do something related to creativity or marketing in some way. The only requirement? It had to be something new, something they’d never done before.

Jordan chose to test the viability of a gourmet donut business.

“I was taught to challenge what I was seeing as the norm, not only how to make a better product, but how to build a culture around it,” Jordan says.

Needless to say, these early tests were a hit with his professors and fellow students.

“I felt a lot of support from my cohort,” Jordan says. “It was their encouragement that convinced me to explore my business idea further.”


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Jordan Cash taking entrepreneurship advice from leading UBC Sauder faculty members Paul Cubbon and Darren Dahl.



From Creativity to Reality

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Overhead view of Cartems Donuterie


Armed with the business acumen he gained in the UBC MBA program, Jordan took the natural next step upon graduation: launching Cartems Donuterie to a wider audience. To test everything from the donuts to operations to marketing, Jordan started Cartems as a pop-up shop. As demand grew, he opened a standalone location, then another and another, expanding into wholesale along the way.

“UBC Sauder taught me how to research whether an idea is viable or not and strategize like a CEO,” Jordan says. “With that knowledge, I was able to start building the foundation for everything I’ve been able to accomplish since.”

Today, Jordan has grown Cartems Donuterie into a beloved destination for local and visiting foodies alike, with dozens of employees and growth potential that far exceeds the city limits.


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From concussion monitoring to clothing lines to venture capital funds, UBC Sauder is a launch pad for innovation. Meet some of our entrepreneurially minded UBC MBA graduates who have honed their business skills to launch industry-leading companies.


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Creator of a revolutionary technology that can instantly test athletes for concussions.


Combined her passion for surfing and community to create a successful yoga-inspired clothing company.


Principal of a venture capital fund that focuses on tech investments, raising over $15 million in less than 2 years.



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Build Your Future With Our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Career Track

During your Full-Time MBA studies at UBC Sauder you’ll find yourself immersed in a culture of innovation. You’ll be able to deepen your understanding in this specific discipline to turn a bright idea into reality.

 

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  UBC MBA graduates have launched their own successful startups, like Recon Instruments, Acuva Technologies and HeadCheck Health.

Many have joined innovative early-stage companies, especially in the tech sector.