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Third-year mechatronics-systems engineering student Ben Brown-Bentley, who co-owns an events-production company, has won a 2010 Student Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Surrey student wins local business award

November 18, 2010

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Engineering science student Ben Brown-Bentley is the Surrey Board of Trade’s 2010 student entrepreneur of the year. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences associate dean, Jane Fee, presented the 20-year-old event organizer with his Surrey Business Excellence Award at a ceremony this month.

Brown-Bentley runs Adrenaline Productions, an events production company specializing in all-age and late-night dance events.

He started the company two years ago after working for similar companies. “I was making $5 off the $100 tickets I was selling and realized that I could turn things around and be the one making the bigger profit,” he says.

Brown-Bentley, who completed his first year in the Surrey campus Tech One program, is heading into his third year in the popular Mechatronics Systems Engineering program.

“Engineering is a great program, it teaches you to learn yourself how things work, which is really useful in many applications,” says Brown-Bentley, who plans to eventually earn an MBA.

Last year, he and his company won SFU SIFE’s (Students in Free Enterprise) Student Entrepreneur award.

Brown-Bentley formed Adrenaline Productions with partner Joel Isfeld to create safe and managed environments for parties and dances. Working with the city, nightclubs and police, Adrenaline licenses nightclubs to remove all alcohol and allow teens to party safely in a secure environment. “Adrenaline is the first company in the Lower Mainland to offer teen dance events at a nightclub,” he says.

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