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SFU Beedie-linked businesses honoured in tech recognition list

May 23, 2018

Nine companies with close ties to SFU’s Beedie School of Business have been named among the 2018 winners of Ready to Rocket, a recognition program for British Columbia’s tech sector that showcases the growing tech companies. The Ready to Rocket honourees are broken down by sector, and sub-divided between early stage ventures on ‘Emerging Rocket’ lists, and more established companies on ‘Ready to Rocket’ lists. The companies span a range of technologies in sectors including […]

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SFU Beedie explores offering credit to high school students completing youth entrepreneurship program

May 16, 2018

SFU’s Beedie School of Business has announced a unique agreement with Youth Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) to explore a pilot scheme to give high-school students who complete the YELL entrepreneurship program university course credit at the school. YELL and SFU Beedie will work together to develop a new model to give credit to any student in BC who completes the YELL program, to determine how this might be done. YELL currently offers entrepreneurship training to students […]

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SFU’s Ionomr wins prestigious Energy prize in Berlin

Apr 17, 2018

&nbsp An SFU start-up company has won a major international energy award today at Berlin’s Tech Festival. Ionomr was among three companies—including others from Sweden and Israel—in its category and among 18 overall vying for top awards. Company co-founder and SFU PhD student Benjamin Britton is in Berlin and was recognized during the festival’s Energy Transition Dialogue. Britton is also an alumnus of the Invention to Innovation program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. The companies were […]

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Student entrepreneurs showcase innovations at OppFest

Mar 29, 2018

A student venture that best exemplifies consideration for People, Planet and Profit (known as the triple bottom line), won the grand prize in SFU’s eighth annual Opportunity Fest (OppFest) on Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018. The venture, No Waste No Hunger, works with grocery stores and restaurants to distribute excess food stock, both reducing food waste and providing food to those who need it. The event, sponsored by Vancity, attracted young entrepreneurs from a variety of […]

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SFU alumni launch station-less bikeshare service in B.C.

Mar 22, 2018

A team of three SFU alumni have launched U-bicycle North America, the first dock-less bikeshare program in Western Canada. The all-female leadership team comprises CEO Grace Min (BA, Sociology and Education), Chief Strategic Officer Angel Fu (BBA, Finance and Marketing), and Business, and Chief Marketing Officer Mandy Chan (BA, Communication). After graduating, Min started a successful career as an entrepreneur, founding three businesses in the international trade, property, and travel sectors. Combining her entrepreneurial talents […]

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Business of Design students launch makerspace at SFU Surrey

Mar 14, 2018

Students in SFU’s Business of Design program, an interdisciplinary collaboration created by the Beedie School of Business and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, have created _space, an 1,800 sq ft prototype makerspace located at SFU’s Surrey Campus. _space offers students the opportunity to use a variety of equipment including a sewing machine, electronic and woodworking tools, as well as share knowledge with others across disciplines. _space is currently available for students and clubs […]

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Zennea Technologies takes top prize at SFU’s largest entrepreneurship competition

Feb 21, 2018

Zennea Technologies, a Simon Fraser University student venture aiming to improve sleep quality for those with sleep apnea, has taken the best overall venture prize valued at $35,000 at the annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. Co-CEO of the company, Rachel Chase, is student at the Beedie School of Business and is completing the Charles Change Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We’re incredibly grateful for the mentorship, support, and resources that we’ve received from […]

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SFU Beedie hosts Nobel Peace Prize winner

Feb 7, 2018

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed an audience of more than 300 people at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business at a special event on February 5, 2018. Professor Yunus, who founded microfinance organization Grameen Bank, is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, among many other international honours and awards, for his pioneering work in developing microfinance to help people lift themselves from poverty. SFU Beedie hosted the event at the Segal […]

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Wearable tech and carbon capture companies win SFU science and tech start-up competition

Oct 12, 2017

Start-up companies FlexiPatchR, which makes wearable technology to monitor Parkinson’s disease symptoms, and Flow-Through Solutions, which helps mining companies capture CO2 emissions, were the winners in their respective categories at the second annual “Invention to Innovation” venture pitch competition. The event, which took place on October 11, 2017, brought together six scientist-entrepreneurship students in the second cohort of the i2I program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. This Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization […]

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Elicia Maine and Lisa Papania earn 2017 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Awards

Oct 5, 2017

Beedie School of Business faculty members Elicia Maine and Lisa Papania have been named winners of the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award for 2017. This award is the highest teaching honour of its kind at the Beedie School. Every year, students, faculty, and alumni of the Beedie School of Business nominate instructors teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs for this prestigious award. Up to two awards are presented each year to instructors based […]

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