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A group of Simon Fraser University students is at work helping their peers start businesses by “jumpstarting” their entrepreneurial thinking. A new eight-week accelerator, called JumpStart, targets individuals with ideas that could be launched into businesses, providing support and resources. Five teams have been accepted into a pilot program. “JumpStart is for students who are unsure about getting their ideas off the ground and simply don’t know the next steps,” says Chantelle Buffie, program manager […]

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It has been an extraordinary year for the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University – and the accomplishments of the school at SFU Surrey have helped to drive that success. As 2011 draws to a close, Beedie is celebrating such student accomplishments as SFU Student of the Year, the Surrey Green City Award, and selection to one of Canada’s most prestigious leadership programs for entrepreneurs.

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The founder of a burgeoning online instant gift card company is Simon Fraser University’s newest Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Matias Marquez, an undergraduate student in the Beedie School of Business, took the honour at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) annual competition held on Nov. 19. His company, Buyatab.com, Canada’s leading digital gift card processor is a “software-as-a-service” digital gift card processing technology that becomes embedded onto its customers’ websites. According to Marquez, thousands of merchant locations across […]

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They’ve saved more than 1,500 pounds of nylon from landfills and in the process, taught hundreds of teens how simple sewing could help the environment. Now a student team from Simon Fraser University is being honored with a Top 3 Green City Award from the City of Surrey for their creative environmental efforts.

Their Banner Bags project was chosen in the community group category (one of three categories) at the Surrey 2011 City Awards, held at the new City Centre Library Oct. 25.

The student project was created three years ago by a team from Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), based at SFU Surrey. Students Lauren Watkin, project manager, Sonam Swarup, director of community development, and Beedie alumnus Ashish Gurung, project advisor accepted the award from Mayor Dianne Watts.

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Submitted by Joseph Choi Vancouver, BC – Are you an entrepreneur? Interested in one day starting your own business? Curious about what it takes to start a successful business? Starting this October, the SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year program will be holding a full season of events designed to inspire young and upcoming entrepreneurs and discover the existing student entrepreneurs. The goal is to provide a stepping stone for success and connect budding entrepreneurs […]

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