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FASS students move on to the Venture Prize 2019 finals

March 27, 2019
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Six entrepreneurial students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) have successfully landed themselves a spot in the finals of the annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. As finalists, they will present one last pitch with their respective teams to a judging panel of industry experts who will determine which teams will be going home with the top prize. 

To celebrate ventures both in the ideation stage and fully-operating businesses, the Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize is categorized into two streams: Idea Stream and Venture Stream.

The Idea Stream was created to recognize the entrepreneurship of teams who are still in the early stages of development. This stream emphasizes the potential of ventures based on their vision and execution plan for developing their idea. Among the finalists for this stream, Political Science student, Winnie Chang, and Arron Staradub from the Department of Economics are part of a transdisciplinary team called Ruby Remote which aims to create technological solutions for seniors and those with cognitive impairments. 

The Venture Stream is for startups who are further along in their business development. The finalists in this stream will be evaluated based upon the quality of their business concept, current progress and future plans, as well as presentation skills. One of the finalists is Psychology alumna, Christina Wong, whose non-profit venture, Employ to Empower, aims to break the cycle of poverty in the downtown eastside by providing long-term employment.    

A total of sixteen teams, five of which consist of a FASS student or alumni, will be competing for the top prizes. The Idea Prize winner will win $5,000 and entry into the Venture Connection incubator, while the Venture Prize award is a cash and in-kind prize package valued at over $35,000. 

The Idea Stream final will take place on Friday, April 5 at SFU Surrey from 3—5pm. The Venture Stream final will be on Thursday, April 11 at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP from 1—4pm. 

 

VENTURE PRIZE STREAM 

Aplica! 

Vanessa Milost Gonzalez, an International Studies graduate students is one of the co-founders of Aplica!, a start-up enterprise focused on delivering exceptional educational results for high school students looking to attend university in Canada and the United States.

Aplica! offers personalized consulting services and methodology, vocational development, and a web-based SaaS platform designed to streamline the university search and application process.

Website: www.aplicaprep.com.br
Facebook: Aplicaprep
Instagram: @aplicaprep

Employ to Empower 

Christina Wong, an alumna from the Department of Psychology, is the Executive Director of Employer to Empower (ETE), a non-profit venture that focuses on reducing homelessness by providing long-term and meaningful employment. ETE is keen to break the cycle of poverty with a holistic approach for their clients, ensuring that they are supported in all aspects of their lives, and equipped with the necessary soft skills for the workforce. 

Website: www.employtoempower.com
Instagram: @employtoempower
Facebook: employtoempower

Website: employtoempower.com
Instagram: @employtoempower
Facebook: /employtoempower

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) is one of the top five poorest postal codes in Canada. Currently, non-profits are tackling poverty with a short-term approach, such as providing handouts or donations. While this is important, it can cause an unsustainable cycle of poverty that’s difficult to break.

Employ to Empower (ETE) is keen to break the cycle and significantly reduce homelessness by providing long-term and meaningful employment. ETE focuses on a holistic approach and acts as a resource navigator and mentor for
our clients. We prioritize meeting our clients where they are and ensuring they are supported in all aspects of their lives prior to introducing employment. We also provide seven soft skills workshops to equip them for the workforce.

Website: employtoempower.com
Instagram: @employtoempower
Facebook: /employtoempower

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) is one of the top five poorest postal codes in Canada. Currently, non-profits are tackling poverty with a short-term approach, such as providing handouts or donations. While this is important, it can cause an unsustainable cycle of poverty that’s difficult to break.

Employ to Empower (ETE) is keen to break the cycle and significantly reduce homelessness by providing long-term and meaningful employment. ETE focuses on a holistic approach and acts as a resource navigator and mentor for
our clients. We prioritize meeting our clients where they are and ensuring they are supported in all aspects of their lives prior to introducing employment. We also provide seven soft skills workshops to equip them for the workforce.

IDEA PRIZE STREAM

Limited by AW 

Criminology student, Allison Wan, is the Chief Executive Officer of Limited by AW. The company seeks to address the decline in bee populations by raising awareness through their honey based ice-cream products. With this ice cream it will alleviates the stress of local beekeepers have in running a business by providing additional income through the purchase of sustainability of honey along with providing an opportunity for consumers the ability to be informed.

WEBSITE: www.limited-by-aw.my-free.website
Instagram: @limitedbyaw 
Facebook: Limited by AW 

InfiniStyle

Megumi Cook is a Pyschology student, and a co-founder of InfiniStyle. It is a platform to allow users to rent designer and high-end clothing, either from independent stores, boutiques, or consignment stores, or from individuals renting out their personal luxury goods.

Ruby Remote 

Political Science student, Winnie Chang, and Arron Staradub from the Department of Economics, are part of the Ruby Remote team. The venture aims to provide simple media controls for televisions, specifically aimed at seniors and those with cognitive impairments. Those with hearing, vision, or cognitive impairments do not have many sources of entertainment, and without a practical way to control the television it can lead to frustration and boredom.