Meet Jordan

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.

Image of Jordan Cash leaning on a glass donut display counter inside Cartem's Donuts

UBC Sauder's culture:

A hotbed of innovation and collaboration

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.”

UBC Sauder taught me how to strategize like an industry leader. It helped me build a foundation for the business I would launch after the program.

 

From creativity to reality:

The launch of a thriving business

image of an overhead view of Cartems Donuterie
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.

Image graphic of Cartems Donuterie milstones

Jordan leaning against storefront window

The UBC MBA taught me how to be a better entrepreneur, how to take an idea and make it real,

Build your future with our innovation & 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.

Courses

  • Technology & Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Growing + Exiting a Venture
  • Sustainablility + Innovation

Career opportunities

  • Launch your own venture
  • Join an early-stage company
  • Become a corporate innovator

Companies

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