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Business Advisors


startGBC is supported by a number of talented mentors who dedicate their valuable time and resources to George Brown College students. Much of our work is achieved by matching entrepreneurs and start-ups with mentors that have specific skill sets in topics of interest in creating a functional commercial entity. If you would like to become a mentor for startGBC, please contact startgbc@georgebrown.ca.

startGBC would like to acknowledge all of our mentors and thank them for their continued support to George Brown College students. None of our work is possible without these committed individuals who are passionate about helping the next generation of entrepreneurs through mentorship and guidance. We thank you for the roles you have all played in our users’ journey.

As part of our services, startGBC provides mentorship and business coaching to students and start-ups across Ontario. Please find below the current coaching services that are available.


startGBC Coaching

Book time with one of our business coaches…


Marisol Fornoni, social enterprise business coach at the Centre for Social Innovation Toronto

Social Enterprise Business Coach

Bi-Weekly Drop-Ins with Marisol Fornoni, Fridays between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How can you turn your personal social experiences into something meaningful?  Can you still make a good living running a social innovation/enterprise?  How do you go about establishing one?  What resources are in the community to help support you?  What legal structure do you need?

In collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation, startGBC invites you to book time with Marisol Fornoni

Marisol Fornoni has a Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Development and Globalization. Marisol has worked with non-profits, social enterprises and incubators across the Greater Toronto Area to develop fundraising strategies and roll out development plans that include prospect research, individual giving, major asks, sponsorship and case for support planning. She also passionate about social entrepreneurship. She is currently offering social enterprises one-on-one coaching to start-up their social enterprise and learn more about how to make deep impact.

Business Model Coach

Drop-Ins With Kenny Bahia

Kenny is a Management Consulting professional with a background in project management and business development. With over 10 years of healthcare sector experience, including strategic planning, proposal development, market analysis and process improvement, he has successfully helped clients achieve desired project outcomes. Having been involved in philanthropic start-ups himself, Kenny understands the hardships entrepreneurs face when starting out. He’s excited to share his experience to help others succeed. When he’s not diving with tiger sharks in the Caribbean Sea, you will find him by a grill experimenting with a mix of exotic flavour profiles.

Kenny will be helping entrepreneurs with their Business Model Canvas on a bi-weekly basis.

Click here to book an appointment with Marisol or Kenny

or contact safia.amin@georgebrown.ca / startgbc@georgebrown.ca