Business graduate wins entrepreneurship award

Jerry Gou City of Toronto International Student AwardThe City of Toronto honoured George Brown College Business graduate Jerry Gou for his entrepreneurial spirit at its annual International Student Excellence Awards on Oct. 17, 2015.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of international college and university students in six categories: community services, entrepreneurship, academic excellence, sports, arts and culture, and professional achievement. Gou received the entrepreneurship honour and was the only college student to receive a 2015 award.

"The education and support I received from George Brown College, it helped me achieve this award," Gou said.

"I feel I did something for George Brown College and I think I'm just the starting point."

Cindy Gouveia, President of the George Brown College Foundation, and Ashley Sullivan, Manager of International Student Integration and Support, attended the awards ceremony with Gou.

"I am thrilled that the City of Toronto has recognized Jerry for his contributions to entrepreneurial spirit in our community," Gouveia said. "I have no doubt that Jerry will go on to continue his leadership in this area and I wish him only the best of luck."

Developed mobile app

Gou also co-founded Reach Mobile Technologies and the company launched a job search mobile application called Reach in 2014.

He graduated from the Business-Marketing program in the spring of 2015. He developed the app while he was a student and was highly engaged on campus as a peer advisor and as the international student representative for the George Brown Student Association Open New Browser Window.

 

"I still have a long way to go."

Gou also won George Brown's 2015 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur award in May. He enjoyed success as a student, but said he's not resting on his laurels.

"As an entrepreneur, I still have a long way to go," he said.

Gou currently works part-time as the marketing lead for George Brown's Peerconnect centres.