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Two Beedie School of Business students reached the final three in the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Regional Competition in Vancouver.

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The design of a website could be just as influential as the message it conveys, according to new research from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

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A portable DUI-testing headset, a revolutionary clean tech membrane, and a home diagnostic for chemotherapy patients were just some of the pioneering ventures pitched to a panel of guest judges at SFU’s Invention to Innovation Venture Pitch competition.

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The first students to complete the new Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business are preparing to transform their game-changing technology inventions into viable, commercialized innovations.

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A trio of Beedie School of Business alumni have been named on Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) prestigious 2016 Top 40 Under 40 list.

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The following is an extract from an article published by The Province on September 30. By Randy Shore. 

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Blaize Horner Reich, RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, and former Dean of the Beedie School of Business, has received the prestigious Academic Fellow Award by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) for 2016.

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When Ben Britton took the stage at the Hong Kong-Canada National Investment Pitch Competition on June 3 in Calgary, he presented with the confidence of a professional. He knew his product, he knew his market, and he knew he could sway the judges to hand him the $50,000 grand prize – which they did – along with the opportunity to meet investors in Hong Kong.

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Vancouver is home to some global-leading organizations in thriving industries: visual effects, performance apparel, and information and communications technology to name but a few. Yet perhaps somewhat surprisingly, given the prominence of the great outdoors in Vancouver’s identity, one industry in which the city is a true global leader is gaming.

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Beedie School of Business alumni enjoyed success at the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) 2016 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).

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The Beedie School of Business has for many years positioned itself as a pioneer in its field, with innovative research and programs. One such pioneering program is the Management of Technology MBA (MOT MBA), the first program of its kind in Canada, which this year celebrates its fifteenth anniversary.

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Vancouver is home to an undeniably world-class, and growing tech industry. Industry giants such as Microsoft and Amazon have recently set up home here, and the list of homegrown global organizations that have chosen to remain within BC is impressive. Yet, like most industries, Vancouver still falls short of its potential in housing the headquarters of tech organizations. So what can be done to improve this record?

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SFU Beedie Professor Elicia Maine studies strategies to boost advanced material commercialization. 

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Technology is increasingly embedded in our everyday lives, yet in addition to the positive effects that it is intended to have it can also have negative side effects – one of which is a significant detrimental impact on our attention spans.

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At the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, a host of Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs are empowering students from a multitude of disciplines to harness their skills in order to create game-changing ventures.

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Faculty and alumni from the Beedie School of Business are featured prominently in the shortlist for the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) 2016 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).

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Canada is punching above its weight in invention – but when it comes to bringing its scientific discoveries to commercial applications, it receives a failing grade on its report card. So what can be done to turn Canada’s burgeoning community of scientists into a prolific community of scientist entrepreneurs?

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Two students in the Beedie School of Business’ Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization earned the top two places at the fifth annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize.

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Professor Blaize Horner Reich, Dean of the Beedie School of Business, has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.

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The friendly modesty of Trevor Blackwell, CEO of Y Combinator – a company that makes companies (more on that in a moment) – is a stark contrast to the profound, massive way Y Combinator has been changing the world for the better.

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SFU’s Beedie School of Business offers researchers a way to bring their world-changing thinking to practical applications in the global marketplace.

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New research from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business reveals that though firms may be tempted to profit from consumer-created modifications to their intellectual property, this is not always advisable – and can in fact backfire.

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The following article was published in the Huffington Post Canada Business section on August 26. It features research by Beedie School of Business faculty Ian McCarthy, Jan Kietzmann and Leyland Pitt, current PhD student Karen Robson, and former PhD student Kirk Plangger.

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Drone technology that can be used to monitor crops, a medication management device, and an app-enabled pregnancy monitoring device were just some of the innovative interdisciplinary technology ventures showcased at the final class presentation for the 2014/15 Tech Entrepreneurship@SFU cohort.

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New research from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business reveals that organizations that implement rules governing Confidential Information (CI) can make it difficult for employees to fulfill their roles – resulting in rule breaking or bending.

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User innovation is a potential creative goldmine for organizations – but there are many potential hurdles that must be overcome in order for a firm to strategically take advantage of these opportunities.

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New broadly skilled breed of entrepreneurs coming out of SFU Surrey campus.

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Beedie School of Business Executive in Residence Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT).

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California’s Bay Area houses some indisputably world-class technology companies. Google, Samsung, and LinkedIn, to name only a few, are headquartered in the area. Operating in secrecy on game-changing ideas and products, these companies make Silicon Valley the undeniable global hub of innovation.

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The following article about research by Beedie School of Business assistant professor Brent McFerran was published by Business Insider on April 10, 2015. By Erin Brodwin, Business Insider.

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The following is an excerpt from the full article published in the Globe and Mail on April 8, 2014.  By Jennifer Lewington, Globe and Mail.

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Taylor Ward’s innovative energy concept has set a winning pace.

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Student’s concept of insoles that would store electricity when we walk snares berth in international design competition.

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A firm’s technological capabilities can moderate the negative relationship between host country and foreign entry and expansion in the face of technological disasters – and by patenting their technology a firm can help further mitigate the effects of these disasters.

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A new certificate program from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business will teach scientists and engineers the skills necessary to make their inventions a commercial success.

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Beedie School of Business alumna and co-founder of ConceptKicker, Shan Shan Fu, triumphed over 250 cities, 83 countries, and more than 25,000 entrepreneurs to take first place at the world’s largest business startup competition, Global Startup Battle.

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Beedie School of Business alumna Dr. Amiee Chan has been named on the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list – the third consecutive year that she has been recognized on this prestigious list.

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Successful companies must empower employees to be responsible for their own decisions – and the potential for saving money by eliminating micromanagement will more than compensate for any potential employee errors.

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Biopharmaceutical firms who are performing below the levels of new product development they strive for are more likely to form strategic research and development alliances to compensate. This was the focus of a special CMA Centre for Innovation research presentation by Beverly Tyler, professor in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. The event, held at the Segal Graduate School on 16 October, featured a presentation by Tyler on research from her […]

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According to Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV, an entrepreneurial attitude, a tireless work ethic, and a willingness to constantly learn are more valuable assets than decades of experience – and necessary requirements to build a revolutionary business.

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Professor Blaize Horner Reich has been appointed dean of Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, beginning her new role September 1.

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Dr. Blaize Horner Reich, the RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, has been appointed to the Canadian Business Technology Management (BTM) Advisory Council.

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Over the last 100 years, mankind has benefited from unprecedented exponential leaps in technology – and with the increasing use of incentive prizes to drive these radical breakthroughs, we can look forward to an era of abundance in the years to come. This was the message delivered by Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, and co-founder of Singularity University, in a special lecture for Beedie School of Business students and faculty at the Segal […]

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Undergraduate student entrepreneurs from across Simon Fraser University gathered to celebrate innovation at the fourth annual Opportunity Fest, a marketplace-style showcase of student creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

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The following article was published by the Georgia Straight on April 4, 2014 and features an interview with Beedie School of Business BBA student Chantelle Buffie. By Stephen Hui. If you’re a tenant, how do you contact your landlord? Simon Fraser University business student Chantelle Buffie is hoping that you’ll soon be using FIXO. A 24-year-old Surrey resident, Buffie is one of the undergraduates selected for the 2014 cohort of The Next 36 entrepreneurship program […]

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Beedie School of Business alumnus Milun Tesovic, co-founder of MetroLyrics.com, the most comprehensive database of music lyrics in the world, has been named one of BC Business’ 30 Under 30.

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New research from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University indicates that the addition of simple communications technology is revolutionizing the way blue-collar workers perform their roles – often in unexpected ways. The research looks at how blue-collar workers use technology to share knowledge and collaborate on the go. It reveals that a relatively small introduction of technology, such as mobile phones, can result in a significant impact on the way work is […]

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, the need for strong leadership to steer organizations through troubled waters was never greater. Realizing this, Launi Skinner, CEO of one of Canada’s largest credit unions, First West Credit Union, made a conscious decision to develop her own leadership strategy – what she refers to as her “brand of leadership”. Skinner discussed this strategy and more with Bill Good on “The Chief Executives”, as part of an […]

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The fall 2013 series of CKNW’s “The Chief Executives’ continued as Ashley Cooper, President and CEO of Paladin Security, revealed how he has successfully blended the latest technology with cutting-edge training to place his organization at the forefront of the security industry. Cooper was speaking with respected CKNW host Bill Good in front of a live audience at the Segal Graduate School, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Beedie School of Business at […]

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The following article was published by BC Business on June 26, 2013. Yesteryear’s darlings are giving way to a nimble new generation. A generation ago, in 1982, the launch of QLT Inc. under UBC cancer researcher Julia Levy ushered in the future of B.C.’s biotech industry. Levy was 48 years old at the time and virtually alone in a B.C. business landscape dominated by forestry heavyweights, mining hopefuls and merchant families with names like Woodward, Pattison […]

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