Ashish Gurung

Biz whiz born multi-tasker

June 10, 2010

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For many students, concentrating on coursework is difficult enough without extracurricular activities.

Not so for SFU Business student Ashish Gurung. In the past four years he has devoted much of his time to resuscitating the university’s floundering chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

The global organization aims to inspire university students to make a difference in their communities while developing skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Before Gurung joined, the SFU SIFE chapter ranked last among post-secondary schools across Canada. Now, it ranks among the country’s top 10 for significant student-driven community projects.

Projects such as a high school program to turn street banners into bags, financial workshops for post-secondary students, a fundraiser for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and a student-operated new media company that serves local businesses.

Gurung’s SIFE involvement has led him in new directions, revealing an unexpected streak of entrepreneurial spirit that he never knew he had, as well as a keen desire to remain involved in community projects.

By his third year at SFU, Gurung had started an interactive presentation design company, Nu Experience Design. And now he’s launching two more ventures—a video production company and Quikpiq, a smart-phone application he and some other students devised.

Quickpik, which lets users poll their current social networks for feedback on potential purchases and other decisions, won an SFU student venture idea competition.

Gurung is also working on plans for a new non-profit organization to help at-risk youth in Vancouver acquire skills and then jobs.

“In talking to a lot of non-profit organizations I saw a gap and thought I could fill it,” he says.

So how does he juggle so many projects? “I split up my day,” he explains, working on one project each during the morning, afternoon and evening.

“So far, I’m doing okay,” he says. “I have to be disciplined.”


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