Business Venture

SFU establishes academic partnership with Canadian entrepreneurship program The Next 36

Feb 7, 2013

Simon Fraser University has become an official academic partner of The Next 36, Canada’s leading undergraduate entrepreneurship development program. The partnership further solidifies SFU’s reputation as a Canadian leader in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, and for developing the next generation of founders and leaders of new ventures. As academic partner of The Next 36, SFU will support the organization’s vision of increasing Canadian prosperity through the creation of high impact entrepreneurs, and encourage its top […]


Dragon’s Den-like B.C. tech contest taps local talent

Jan 18, 2013

The following article was published by the Province on January 17, 2013 BY SAM COOPER, THE PROVINCE Firm’s desalination process making a splash A unique contest for tech startups in B.C. is getting credit for fostering innovation and catalyzing some major success stories. The BCIC New Ventures Competition runs annually from April to September, giving entrants a chance to move through stages to meet a final jury that somewhat resembles the panel of venture capitalists in […]


MBA connection plants seeds for Saltworks founders

Nov 30, 2012

The following article was published by the Financial Post on November 27, 2012. BY DENISE DEVEAU, FINANCIAL POST MBA programs build entrepreneurs’ bonds Since graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship program in 2006, Bill Hennessey has opened a number of ventures, including an online lobster company, a cleaning products packaging operation and an experiential marketing firm. In fact, he’s a true dyed-in-the-wool entrepreneur having run his first “business” at the […]


Beedie entrepreneur marks launch of social venture with award

Jul 12, 2012

A Beedie School of Business alumna has parlayed an initial $30,000 advance from a prestigious entrepreneurial leadership program into a new business venture – and has subsequently seen the business voted best launch product at a renowned education conference. Jessica Fan’s business Penyo Pal, an app that teaches children to speak Mandarin, beat off stiff competition from 31 other entrants to be named Best Overall 1.0 Startup at the Launch EDU conference. The two-day, education-focused […]