Benjamin Brown-Bentley Milun Tesovic Ammar Sultan

Benjamin Brown-Bentley, Milun Tesovic and Ammar Sultan

Three student biz whizzes win kudos

December 3, 2009

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SFU student entrepreneurs Milun Tesovic, Benjamin Brown-Bentley and Ammar Sultan all won awards recently for their innovative business ventures.

Business administration undergrad Tesovic, co-founder of the wildly successful song lyrics website, was named this year’s Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards ceremony in Kansas City, Mo.

Burnaby-based MetroLyrics has the words to more than 800,000 songs and typically gets 100 million page views a month, making it the world’s fifth largest music website.

Tesovic beat out 31 other students from 18 countries to win the award, which comes with $10,000 in cash and $60,000 in services donated by the Global Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

He also won their Innovation Award for his creativity and unique approach to business. Unlike similar sites, MetroLyrics’ content is licensed, and the company shares its advertising revenues with songwriters and publishers.

Meanwhile, engineering sciences student Brown-Bentley, who runs the popular Vancouver events-production company, Adrenaline, is SFU’s 2009 Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

He picked up $1,000 at the annual competition, which is sponsored by SFU Venture Connection and Students in Free Enterprise Simon Fraser (SIFE) and is open to all current SFU student entrepreneurs under age 30.

Just 10 months ago, Brown-Bentley launched Adrenaline Productions, which specializes in all-age and late-night dance events. Adrenaline is currently the only Lower Mainland company offering teen dance events at nightclubs. The company works with local municipalities, nightclubs and police to license age 19-plus establishments to remove all alcohol and provide a secure environment for teens.

SFU economics student Ammar Sultan also won $500 in the competition, as Best New Student Entrepreneur of the Year, for his start-up company International Student Connections (ISC), which grew out of a business course, Foundations of Entrepreneurship.

ISC is an international student service agency that provides a broad range of support to international students, including information and advice on school programs, accommodation, travel arrangements and social networking events.


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Will Z

The next Bill Gates? Beat him! Don't charge ridiculous price for unreliable software.

katrina couture

dear milan:

why aren't you on twitter?

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