SFU teams venture on

Jul 11, 2002, vol. 24, no. 6

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SFU has made an impressive showing in the TELUS New Ventures B.C. business plan competition, with students, alumni and even a professor among the 35 teams chosen to continue into round three of the four-round competition.

The province-wide event was initiated by SFU business last year and is operated by the non-profit B.C. Ventures Society.

It is one of North America's largest technology business plan competitions, offering $120,000 in prize packages. This year, it attracted 148 entries.

SFU competitors include three teams from the management of technology MBA program.

SFU grad student Stephen Fagan and 2002 graduate Zahwil Dossa are competing with a market data analysis system, while recent executive MBA alumnus Brad Wheeler is competing with a diagnostic test to determine an individual's risk level for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Computing science professor Bill Havens entered with a new software engine that makes complex online scheduling, planning and logistics tasks as easy as using spreadsheets.

Just 10 of the 35 contestants will move on to the final round.

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