Concentration: Management and Technology, Entrepreneurship
As a Management and Technology major, the education that BBA student Brandon Chapman has received from the Beedie School of Business has facilitated his long-held interest in the technology sector – and resulted in him co-founding a promising new agriculture venture using drone technology.
Artemis Technologies is a precision agriculture company that uses drone technology to take photos of crops and analyze them to determine crop health. It was built out of tech entrepreneurship@SFU, a program offered in collaboration with BCIC that pairs together students from SFU’s Beedie School of Business and School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering to launch a technology startup.
At Opportunity Fest 2015, Beedie’s annual marketplace-style showcase of student creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, the venture won the title of Most Investable, totaling their business financing to $6,500. Brandon was also the winner of the Mr. Opportunity award, presented to the most engaging student presenter.
RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator, has also recognized the potential of Artemis. The venture was selected as recipient of Social Innovation seed funding for SFU students working on a radical idea with social and environmental impacts at its core.
“The end goal is to take as many photos of different farms and learn as much as we can about the problems farmers have faced in the past, so we can then detect those problems and diseases while predicting growth patterns,” says Brandon.
Brandon has always been interested in technology and its role in business. He completed two co-op terms with Blackberry in Waterloo, Ontario, where he worked on business development projects. He also helped start WardoWest Tofino Sportfishing, a charter fishing company in Tofino, and continues to assist it with business development.
He has since expanded his interest in business development into projects of his own, including a mission trip to an orphanage in Zambia in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Brandon co-created the Residence Life Service Learning Program at SFU, a program designed to open students’ eyes to life somewhere else, make an impact, and then reflect upon return. The team raised $20,000 in sponsorship and sent 12 students to Zambia in the summer of 2014 to build two homes.
“We forget how lucky we are,” he says. “There has to be some humanitarian aspect to what you are doing, it can’t just be what’s good for me or my family and friends – it should be more than that.”
Throughout his Beedie experience, Brandon has been keen to test himself against the best and brightest through case competitions. He was a member of the team that placed first in the InTech 2015 Case Competition, a 24-hour technology case competition for SFU students that is held during the CaseIT international competition. He also co-captained the Beedie team at the 2011 JDC West competition, the largest business competition in Western Canada.
Coming from the small town of Penticton, Brandon grew up with a passion for community building and bringing people of different skill sets and experiences together. This passion is what fuels him to engage in not only the Beedie community, but all of SFU as well.
In 2013, Brandon was elected as business representative on the Board of Directors for the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS), a student-led organization that represents and advocates for the interests of undergraduate students at SFU. His involvement saw him act as Marketing Coordinator for the first SFSS kick-off concert, and as Project Manager for the send-off, which both saw over 1,500 students in attendance. He was later elected as an SFU Senator, representing students on the scholarship awards and bursaries committee to help reinvest in students.
“There is so much potential at SFU,” says Brandon. “We have a lot of students from all over the world, and if students, faculty, and administration can work together, we can accomplish much more.”
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