In 2018, Edinson (Stany) Castillo came to Canada from Peru to study at Greystone College for International Business Management. At that time, he was also operating his business, InnScience, which imports and exports lab equipment to customers primarily in South America. He decided to expand his business into North American markets and beyond.
While attending his college program, Stany completed the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub program (NEH) offered by Scadding Court Community Centre and the Ryerson Diversity Insitute. Through NEH, Stany learned about operating a business in Canada, was introduced to other newcomer entrepreneurs, and expanded his professional network. He also used this opportunity to learn of other local programs and supports specific to his industry and business needs.
After completing NEH, Stany went on to complete the LatAm Startups Incubator and pitched his business at the LatAm Startups conference in 2019. He also joining the Helix incubator at Seneca College. Since then, he’s obtained a Temporal Work Permit and after one year operating Innscience, will be eligible to apply for permanent residency, He has expanded his business by developing an open innovation multilingual platform to support applied research by connecting industries and researchers. Stany recently joined the Science Discovery Zone at Ryerson University as well as the Niagara Falls Ryerson Innovation Hub. His future plans are to test the platform with applied research with colleges, universities, and industries looking to participate in Applied Research projects.
Hard work and determination pays off! Way to go, Stany!