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ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO BE CELEBRATED AT SFU

November 28, 2008

November 20 is Entrepreneurship Day at Simon Fraser University as the university launches Venture Connection, its new interdisciplinary hub for entrepreneurial activity.

Venture Connection will link student, faculty, staff and local entrepreneurs with experienced advisors, funding opportunities and other business connections. The launch will be celebrated with public events at the Burnaby and Surrey campuses to allow students, faculty, staff and the public to learn more about Venture Connection. The Surrey event will also include finalist presentations for the SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year award, which will be presented later in the day at an invitation-only event at the Vancouver Rowing Club.

“Entrepreneurs play a vital role in stimulating innovation and job creation,” Basil Peters, SFU Entrepreneur-in-Residence says. “By their very nature, entrepreneurs take risks. We can help them learn to minimize those risks and increase their chances of success.” 

Venture Connection is funded in part by grants from the federal Western Economic Diversification Fund, NRC-IRAP and the B.C. Innovation Council.


Event Details

SFU-Burnaby
DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2008
TIME: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
LOCATION: 3rd Floor Atrium, West Mall Complex
Guest Speaker: Ben Sparrow, CEO Saltworks Technologies

Venture Connection Q&A: 
Bob de Wit (EIR Program/TIME Mentor Panels)
Ashish Gurung (SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise)

SFU - Surrey
DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2008
TIME: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
LOCATION: Westminster Savings Credit Union Theatre (2600)

Feature Event:
SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Presentations

Venture Connection Q&A: 
Ginger Grant (Faculty of Business)
Bob de Wit (EIR Program/TIME Mentor Panels)
James Avendano (SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise)


Contact information:
Janice OBriain, 778-782-8728

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