Venture Meetup is a forum focused in helping student entrepreneurs at every stage of their business and from every faculty. We bring you stories of successes, struggles and quirks from real industry professionals. Meet-ups will feature a guest speaker, Q&A, followed by general conversation.
Reaching your target market with social media
SFU Surrey – 3290
Guest Speaker: Kemp Edmonds
Business Consultant for Kempedmonds.com
Kemp is an ambitious, engaged member of the community who is always looking to lend a hand to others and believes in the power of positivity and networking.
Kemp has worked in consumer sales and service in a wide variety of industries including SOYA Marketing and Make It Business. He is focused on integrated marketing communications, business development and growth through the principle of mutual benefit.
Educated through life and BCIT’s Marketing Management program Kemp has a passion for all businesses and their opportunities for success. Kemp specializes in web brand building through audience engagement, organic seo and a belief in the power of social media. He believes that new strategies should fit a company’s current strategy and go further.
Kemp is an open networker who looks forward to speaking and working with you. Kemp believes in the work of non-profit organizations and offers any organization honest consulting for a reasonable rate.
Building your passion into a business
SFU Burnaby – MBC 2290 – 2292
Time: 5:00pm – Pizza Provided
Guest Speaker: Graham Buska
BSc. Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta
President of Rayne Longboards http://www.raynelongboards.com/
Graham Buksa is an Engineer by trade and has been coming to terms with his entrepreneurial bloodlines for the past 8 years. While completing a biomedical engineering degree, Graham was president of an award-winning Intelligent Vehicle project, competed nationally in Entrepreneurial Design competitions and completed specialized coursework in quality control systems, management and business development. Not content to take a regular career path, Graham has built an internationally acclaimed longboard business, Rayne Longboards, for the past 5 years. In this time Graham has been the winner of the 2004 Small Business BC business plan competition, built a high-efficiency factory, completed cutting edge R&D in partnership with the National Research Council and has proven himself a force within the international downhill racing community.
Operating a business as a student
SFU Burnaby: MBC 2290 – 2292
Time: 5:00pm – Pizza provided
Guest Speaker: Minna Van
Simon Fraser University Alumna
Atomic Media, The Network Hub, Urban Bella
Minna Van is no stranger to running a business while a student. Often referred to as a serial entrepreneur, she started her first programming company – Atomic Media – at age 17. She later launched Urban Bella, a marketing firm and The Network Hub, a trendy office space providing startups with the resources required launch and operate a successful business. Minna is also the host and organizer of the Vancouver Entrepreneur and Small Business Meet up, hugely anticipated monthly events.
Resources and Funding for Students
SFU Surrey – 3290
With an abundance of resources on the web, it isn’t always easy to know where to start. This meetup will feature a variety of guests from different agencies. Each agency focuses on different aspects of helping small and student-run businesses flourish. Whether it be government contract work to alternative methods of funding this meetup provides a door for students to start moving forward with their business.
Moderator: Joshua Zoshi, Saltworks Technologies Inc.
Joshua Zoshi, B.A.Sc (EE), MBA, is the Co-founder of Saltworks Technologies and the contributing developer of Saltworks’ breakthrough process. Joshua started his career as a semiconductor engineer and more recently managed projects for clients in diverse sectors such as energy, oil and gas, and software. Joshua has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Science and Electrical Engineering from Simon Fraser University.
NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program: Hafeez Shaikh, Industrial Technology Advisor
New Ventures BC: Bob de Wit
Vancouver Angel Technology Network (Vantec): Bob de Wit
Public Works: Sarah Allin, Communications Officer; Tess Menges, Supply Officer
Saltworks Technologies Inc. is a Vancouver, British Columbia cleantech company. Saltworks’ objective is to provide a sustainable cost effective desalination solution. The Saltworks team includes professional engineers, MBAs, and experienced project managers that have delivered over $100 million in industrial projects. Saltworks’ board includes senior executives of major TSX-listed companies in the field of energy and engineering as well as successful technology entrepreneurs. Saltworks is a past winner of New Ventures BC.
The National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is expanding the Canadian innovation system. We are the Government of Canada’s premiere innovation and technology assistance program, supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises in communities across Canada by providing financial, technological and networking assistance.
New Ventures BC is an annual business plan competition that connects tech entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to successfully take their ideas to the marketplace. Every year over 150 competitors vie over 4 rounds for $300,000 in prize monies. New Ventures BC also offers opportunities to meet mentors, attend seminars, pitch to venture capitalists, and network with legal, marketing, and business professionals.
Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) makes it easier for suppliers to access government business opportunities. This session provides information on how to market to the federal government, how the government does its buying, and how to keep track of opportunities to bid on Canadian government purchases. An introduction to a variety of government information resources is included.
Student Networking and Wrap Up
SFU Burnaby: MBC 2290 – 2292
Time: 5:00pm – We’ll feed you
Come out one last time for mingle and mixer with all Venture Meetup participants. Get a chance to network with other students, share your ideas and give us some feedback on the types of speakers and topics you’d like to see for Summer 2010.
ABOUT VENTURE MEETUP
Venture Meet-up is co-presented by SIFE Simon Fraser and SFU Venture Connection.
For more information regarding SIFE Simon Fraser and how to participate in community and entrepreneurship projects, please visit www.sifesimonfraser.com
For information on Venture Connection programs to support SFU student entrepreneurs, and a list of all Fall 2009 Venture Meet-ups, visit www.sfu.ca/vc