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When Naqib Azad graduates from the BBA program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business today, he leaves behind a legacy in empowering students to benefit society through social entrepreneurship.

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Beedie School of Business students’ dedication to social innovation paid off at the Enactus National Exposition, as Enactus SFU took home the Capital One Financial Education Challenge award and reached the semi finals of the overall competition.

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The following article about Beedie School of Business full-time MBA graduates Colin Stansfield and Anna Migicovsky was published in the Vancouver Sun on May 5. By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun.

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A new venture housed at the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab RADIUS aims to solve the increasing problem of consumer-generated waste in the world’s oceans – one piece of plastic at a time.

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Lupii in Champlain Heights serves up zero-waste vegetarian food, with a side of social inclusion.

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Insect-based protein powder, First Nations tea blends, and home-delivered healthy snack boxes are just some of the local food-related ventures that will receive a jump-start from their inclusion in SFU’s third annual RADIUS Ventures Slingshot Accelerator.

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A new certificate from Simon Fraser University will allow any undergraduate student from faculties across the university to add innovation and entrepreneurship training to their education.

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A new website co-founded by a recent graduate of the BBA program at the Beedie School of Business is helping connect retired professionals with organizations seeking professional expertise.

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Entrepreneurs whose business ventures are designed to positively transform society will get a financial boost at Simon Fraser University, thanks to a new partnership between the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and SFU’s RADIUS Ventures.

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A gift of $1 million from Scotiabank will help prepare students at Simon Fraser University to positively transform the world through social innovation.

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Students from across Simon Fraser University will step under the spotlight to demonstrate their talents as entrepreneurs and innovators at the fifth annual Opportunity Fest.

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RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator, has launched two new initiatives designed to transform students at Simon Fraser University into the next generation of game-changing social entrepreneurs.

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A major new award will see the Beedie School of Business’ social venture lab and incubator RADIUS strengthen its position as a thought-leader in changing higher education in Canada and launching high-impact solutions to social challenges.

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An online marketplace for BC wineries, a company with an innovative organics processing technology, and a student talent crowd-sourcing platform are among the social ventures that will receive expert mentoring in the second annual SFU RADIUS Ventures Slingshot cohort.

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The following story was published by SFU News on June 10, 2014.

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RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social venture lab and venture incubator, has launched two new venture accelerator programs aimed at nurturing early stage social initiatives and providing social entrepreneurs with the tools required to bring their ventures to market.

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A new report co-produced by a Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business initiative aims to help the City of Vancouver provide supportive housing for marginalized individuals.

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A trio of Enactus SFU teams has advanced to the national finals after taking home the gold in their respective categories at the Enactus Western Regional Competition.

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Social entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a hot topic in business circles these days – indeed, the Beedie School of Business has a social innovation laboratory and venture incubator, RADIUS, dedicated to the subject. So what exactly is social entrepreneurship?

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The Beedie School of Business’ interdisciplinary social innovation lab and venture incubator, RADIUS, in conjunction with Ashoka Canada, will host the second annual SFU Changemaker Showcase, a celebration of the brightest ideas and social innovators at Simon Fraser University. The SFU Changemaker Showcase will provide an opportunity to celebrate some of the brightest ideas and innovators at SFU who are working to foment positive change in the community and beyond. It will feature three TED-style […]

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The following extract is from an article published in the Globe and Mail on October 22, 2013, and features commentary from David Dunne, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, and chair of RADIUS. New initiatives are popping up on campuses across the country. This fall, the University of British Columbia in Burnaby, B.C., offered a new course, informally known as Entrepreneurship 101 and developed in collaboration with its Sauder School of Business, for […]

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The following article was published by Axiom News on July 15, 2013. Twenty-one-year-old Xinyan Chen took her first social entrepreneurship class at RADIUS (RADical Ideas Useful to Society) last spring. Now, she and four co-founders are launching EnableLife, an online community for people with disabilities and their support network to share tips and tricks to enable easier living. It’s this quick turnaround, from a useful idea to establishing a social venture, that a new Vancouver program […]

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The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University has established RADIUS, a new interdisciplinary social innovation lab and venture incubator that aims to change business education and launch high-impact solutions to social challenges. RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) will bring together students from all faculties across SFU to develop and nurture practical solutions to pressing social problems and provide opportunities for deeper learning. The initiative will employ an interdisciplinary approach to develop solutions […]

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The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University will next week host the third annual Opportunity Fest, a marketplace-style showcase of student creativity aimed at seizing new opportunities and addressing perceived challenges through entrepreneurship and innovation. Opportunity Fest 2013 will be held from 6 to 9pm on Tuesday, March 26 at the mezzanine of the SFU Surrey campus. The event is open to all, with current and prospective students from all faculties, university personnel […]

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Social Entrepreneurship SFU (SE-SFU), a student-run club at Simon Fraser University for entrepreneurs passionate about making a difference to society’s problems, will host its annual Social Innovation Case Competition at SFU’s Surrey campus on March 23 from 12.15 to 4.30pm. This year’s competition is busier than ever, with five extra teams added to the competition to cope with demand from 75 entrants. In teams of three, students will use their academic knowledge and entrepreneurial skills […]

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The following press release was published by SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations.   A team of entrepreneurial Simon Fraser University students competing at this weekend’s Enactus Canada western regional exposition will advance to the nationals, while another SFU teammate has been recognized with a top leadership award. The student-team from Enactus SFU secured a win in the Capital One Financial Education Challenge, one of three topic challenges at the exposition held in Calgary, involving more […]

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The following article was published by The Globe and Mail on March 8, 2013. By David Dunne, Adjunct Senior Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. On the afternoon of March 6, 2012, five men drove their snowmobiles to Grizzly Lake, in the Powder Mountain area south of Whistler, B.C. The weather was clear, fresh and calm, and the snow-covered mountains spread invitingly before them. Though there had been some avalanches in the […]

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Fusion Kitchen, a community-minded entrepreneurship initiative that was founded by two Simon Fraser University students and fostered in the Beedie School of Business Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator, recently hosted a special event focused on the culinary traditions of Pakistan. Entitled  “A Taste of Pakistan”, the gathering of gourmands took place on February 8. In groups of three, Beedie students, and alumni, as well as newcomers to Fusion Kitchen, worked together to cook up a five-course Pakistani meal […]

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A Beedie School of Business student social enterprise start-up has been selected as one of three university project winners in new province-wide community engagement competition, BC Ideas. The start-up, Fusion Kitchen, was chosen in the BC Ideas University Solutions Investment category, for putting forth an idea which creates positive social impact in BC communities. Fusion Kitchen employs immigrant women to lead cooking classes, in the process sharing their food and cultures, while learning transferable skills […]

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The following article was first published by the Globe and Mail as a special information feature in the November 2012 issue of Report on Business Magazine. Since launching Canada’s first Executive MBA in 1968, Simon Fraser University’s School of Business has gained a reputation for program development that meets the shifting demands of an increasingly global marketplace, as well as for its world-class research. In 2011, the newly named Beedie School of Business built on […]

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A group of Beedie School of Business undergraduates have been putting their newfound project management skills to good use by staging a charity fundraising music concert in aid of BC Children’s Hospital. The event, BC Music for BC Kids, will be held on November 17 from 6 – 8.30pm at the Westminster Savings Theatre at SFU’s Surrey campus. It will feature a selection of local music acts from the lower mainland including Tommy Alto, The […]

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Two Beedie School of Business undergraduate students have been named amongst the province’s best and brightest in a new list by prominent Vancouver daily newspaper, 24 Hours. BBA students Chantelle Buffie and Japreet Lehal have been selected in the 2012 Top 24 Under 24 list. The list recognizes BC’s top students who are making waves in the region through entrepreneurial spirit, volunteering and technological innovation. Buffie was chosen for the list for her venture Fusion […]

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Over the last semester, students at the Beedie School of Business have been bringing to life projects to address tomorrow’s social, environmental and economic challenges with help from the new Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator (SEA) program. The brainchild of Beedie lecturer Shawn Smith, the program ran for six weeks at the SFU Surrey campus, with $10,000 in support from Vancity, and allowed students to enter as teams or individuals in order to generate a feasible business […]

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Students from the MBA program at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business last week demonstrated their social entrepreneurship business plans at the Opportunity Fest Fair. The exhibition, held in the atrium of the Harbour Centre towers on Wednesday, 18 July, was part of Beedie Professor Eric Gedajlovic’s MBA Entrepreneurship class. Students were split into groups and tasked with creating their own business plans before presenting to a panel of judges consisting of members of […]

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The following article was published by BC Business on July 3, 2012. Traditional sources of revenue for charities are drying up, but putting society’s biggest issues in the hands of socially minded entrepreneurs is a tricky business. On the cheery, yellow walls of the Downtown Eastside’s Potluck Café are the faces of several of its customers, captured in a black-and-white instant. Their complicated eyes and the deep lines in their faces tell sad stories of […]

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The following article was published by Burnaby Now on July 6, 2012. Two Simon Fraser University students have created a business where immigrant women host cooking classes; gaining work experience while sharing their cultures. Surrey resident Chantelle Buffie and New Westminster’s Sonam Swarup – both in their early 20s – came up with Fusion Kitchen in a social entrepreneurship class at SFU. “It was just natural for us to gravitate towards working with immigrant women. […]

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As a result of economic uncertainty and a less-than-optimal employment outlook both globally and locally, some students at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University are taking an alternative path to growing their careers. In the process, they are making hands-on contributions to the economy and society through entrepreneurial activity, community engagement, and international development. A case in point is Education Generation, founded by Shawn Smith, a Beedie School of Business alumnus and […]

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Students from the MBA program at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business have been pounding the pavement in an effort to bolster business prospects in the Heritage District of downtown Vancouver during evenings and weekends – when thousands of area office workers have gone home. The district – the historic commerce and banking area of Vancouver’s West Hastings Street – is a dynamic area for retailing and includes some world-renowned brands in addition to numerous small- and […]

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Contact: Shawn Smith, Beedie School, 778.782.9262, ssmithe@sfu.ca Derek Moscato, Beedie School, 778.782.5038, derek_moscato@sfu.ca Chantelle Buffie, 604.763.7211, clb14@sfu.ca Sonam Swarup, 604.809.5477, slswarup@sfu.ca Lorraine Wilson, 778.837.0394, mediarelations@vancity.com Students at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University can further their social venture ideas with the launch of the new Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator (SEA) program, starting this semester at the SFU Surrey campus. The program provides students with the resources to generate feasible business models, meet with clients to discuss project details, and gain an […]

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A ranking of international business schools has rated the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University as among the best in the world for business and management research. The measure, published by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a leading repository of business academic papers, shows that based on article downloads by institution, Beedie ranks 54th in the world out of more than 1000 business schools included in the survey.

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    A hot tub water care system, an employee wellness solution for companies and a sustainable recycling initiative aimed at helping Vancouver achieve its goal of zero waste for 2020 were the big winners at a Beedie School of Business social entrepreneurship competition. Opportunity Fest 2012 gave SFU business undergrads the opportunity to showcase their class-produced ventures to judges from industry, academia and the wider business community. Held at SFU’s Surrey campus on April 11, […]

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Stephanie Wong, an undergraduate student in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, has been selected as SFU’s first recipient of the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award. Wong was selected for the honour based on her outstanding academic achievement and record of student leadership. At Simon Fraser University, she has parlayed her passion for the progression of professional women into establishing SFU’s Young Women in Business (YWiB) chapter. Additionally, she founded programs […]

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Students in SFU’s Full-Time MBA program at the Beedie School of Business have garnered real-world marketing lessons that have taken them from social agencies in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to a hospice society in Pitt Meadows to a seniors wellness centre in North Vancouver. In the process of helping these groups raise awareness or operating funds, they have enjoyed early-stage support from the likes of celebrated author Margaret Atwood and Vancouver hockey star Roberto Luongo.

The community interactions are part of the marketing class Business 702, taught by SFU marketing professor Leyland Pitt. Within the class, students are challenged to strategically design a social media marketing program for not-for-profit organizations in Metro Vancouver.

By working outside of the classroom with social agencies and community groups, the students have been able to broaden their perspective around business and society – and further integrate social entrepreneurship and sustainability into their marketing coursework.

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With its booming economy, investment in national infrastructure and hosting of future global events like the Summer Olympics and World Cup, Brazil is poised to enjoy healthy growth in tourism in the years ahead.

Tourism boosters in that country and other emerging economies are likely to view associated entrepreneurship as a means to promoting inclusive economic growth, especially in underdeveloped regions. However, a new study from the Beedie School of Business shows that associated growth doesn’t always result in across-the-board gains for tourist destinations. In some cases, the commercial activity associated with tourism could actually backfire on some communities.

Slated for publication in the Journal of Management Studies, the research is entitled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid: A Recipe for Inclusive Growth or Social Exclusion?” The article was authored by profs. Jeremy Hall and Stelvia Matos from SFU’s Beedie School, along with Lorn Sheehan (Dalhousie University) and Bruno Silvestre (University of Winnipeg).

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Watch UBC and SFU students pitch their social ventures to win up to $1,000 in seed funding! We invite you to The Be a Changemaker Challenge Selection Panel to watch the top teams of SFU and UBC students pitch their ideas for creating their own social ventures. The Selection Panel will bring together six business and social entrepreneurs who will select the winners. Panelists include: James Tansey (ISIS, Sauder School of Business, UBC), Tom Lawrence […]

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