People who represent themselves in court often don’t succeed – but they might with a little coaching. LawHero is an online marketplace that connects litigants with lawyers. For a fraction of the usual cost, people can upload documents for a lawyer to review, get answers to legal questions and procedural advice, and receive help with things like drafting pleadings and courtroom preparation.
Getting a company off the ground is filled with challenges. LaunchYU, York University’s entrepreneurship unit, helps people to develop and grow their ventures. Support includes workshops, coaching, mentoring and making the right connections – to a first customer, potential investors or a strategic partner.
Through a mobile app and a wearable device, SEAM has created a robust personal safety platform. Founder Drew Henson says the ability to capture real-time data about your surroundings, and store or stream it, creates peace of mind.
Lenmo is disrupting the small-dollar loan business, connecting borrowers and lenders on a convenient platform. Co-founder Mark Maurice says the peer-to-peer app enables competitive rates, with no hassle and quick payments.
Richa Gupta says you can do well in business and do good too. Her company, Good Food For Good, sells an array of organic sauces, and donates a meal to food banks for each product sold. Her goal – feed 1 million people by 2020.