Opportunity Fest: Volunteers Needed!

Event Description:

Opportunity Fest is an annual event hosted by The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, in which high school students and SFU students with entrepreneurial minds showcase their products and ventures, from business plans to product prototypes, to the wider community. In this event, there are judges from industry, academia and the wider community who will engage with the student teams, evaluate the projects and award prizes across numerous categories. Through Opportunity Fest, student innovators and entrepreneurs can increase their interdisciplinary network by collaboration and learning how to receive feedback.

Event Details: Opportunity Fest 2020

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Online

We Need Your Support!

The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business is currently looking for enthusiastic student ambassadors who will help the Chang Institute staff manage the flow of Opportunity Fest’s event logistics. In this volunteer role, you will increase your learning and networking experience in an entrepreneurship and marketplace-like atmosphere. Through this opportunity, you will gain skills relevant to leadership and event planning. 

Volunteer hours start at 2:00pm and end at 9:30pm on the day of the event. Additionally, there will be a required 2-hour pre-event volunteer orientation workshop. This workshop will occur on the week of March 16-23 at the SFU Surrey campus.

Why Volunteer?

  • Develop your teamwork and problem-solving skills

  • Experience a venture competition up close

  • Expand your personal and professional relationships with students and industry professionals

  • Enjoy being in a high energy and vibrant environment

  • Receive official recognition for participation as a volunteer under the Student Ambassador Program on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and receive a reference for your time as an Opportunity Fest volunteer, if requested.

Job Role Responsibilities:

You may be assigned to one or two of these specific roles:

  • Registration Coordinators:

    • In-charge of collecting sign-in and sign-out signatures from participants and judges for attendance

    • Escort judges to the meeting room

    • Distribute event packages to participants and judges

  • Venture Booth Directors:

    • In-charge of ensuring the ventures have the booth supplies they need (i.e extension cords and power bars)

    • Usher participants to their booths

    • Provide support and guidance to judges during pitching rotations to smoothen the program flow

  • Score Analysts:

    • Collect the scores from judges and participants

    • Evaluate the data and determine the category winners accurately

    • Organize the prizes according to the winners

  • Physical Layout Coordinators:

    • Set-up table decorations, signs, labels, and banners

    • Clean-up any extra materials in and around the event site

    • Ensure the physical layout of the event is organized

Volunteers should possess two or more of the following skill requirements:

  • Attention to detail

  • Familiar with MS Excel and Google Sheets

  • Enthusiastic and outgoing

  • Organization skills

  • Team-oriented

  • Flexible working in a fast-paced environment

  • Problem solving skills


If you are interested in volunteering with us, please apply here. Applications are open from February 10, 2020 and close on Friday, March 6, 11:59pm.

If you have any questions, contact Alyanna Salang at ev_changinstitute@sfu.ca.