Not only has Vanessa Milost Gonzalez founded her own international company as a student—a feat impressive on its own—she has now won a major award for her work and dedication to her start-up consultation business.
Gonzalez, an MA student in international studies, won the 2019 Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection Female Founder Award for her start-up business, Aplica!, together with co-founder Luciana Saldanha Fortes, a student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
The Venture Prize is SFU’s largest entrepreneurship competition and has been supporting early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups at Simon Fraser University for more than a decade.
Aplica! provides individualized guidance to students in Brazil applying to college or university in Canada or the United States. Gonzalez and Fortes assist students with navigating governmental and institutional formalities and provide guidance and consultation for students to help them understand their interests and options.
“We’re not just prepping for Ivy League schools,” Gonzalez says. “We’re committed to helping students know what works for them.” Aplica! draws on a wealth of research to help place clients in the most appropriate schools for their unique needs.