Lantinga Vita: Fit for Life

2015-2016 Issue 1

photo credit: Ranko Bobusic

Athletics and art are two things Nina Lantinga grew up with; her father is a photographer, and she’s confident that she’s tried “pretty much every sport.” Combining the two was part of what inspired her to found her own company, Lantinga Vita.

Another part was her time spent at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. After initially enrolling in health care and entrepreneurship courses, she eventually graduated with a Diploma in Management. The idea of founding her own company developed organically, and before long Nina made it her focus. “I took a bit from every course,” says Nina. “I was building the business at the same time, so that’s what I was thinking about in every class.”

Highlights included Strategic Management with instructor Mark Hollingsworth, and Communication and Networking Skills with Bruno Delorme. “My professors helped me practice my final pitch! They’re really good, and so dedicated. They get involved one-on-one with students.”

The result was a business plan that earned Nina the 2014 Dobson Cup Grit Prize. She followed that up by launching her newest product, the Tempus bag. The multi-functional carryall combines space for a laptop, lunch and athletic gear, and is designed to be both fashionable and sustainable. The brand ended the year with a Kickstarter campaign, and she’s excited to see where her venture takes her next.

“Launching the company and getting it off the ground is what we’re focused on,” says Nina. “After that, who knows what’s going to happen next.”

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Nina notified us of her company through our Facebook page, and we’re happy to share her success. If you are a School alumni with a story, we’d love to hear about it!

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