BC-IndiaRanjot Dhanju and Jasmin Bhandal


Students pitch clean energy on global stage

May 10, 2012

Beedie business students Ranjot Dhanju and Jasmin Bhandal recently spent three months in India as part of SFU’s BC-India Mobility Initiative working for Surrey corporate services firm Oxus Nexus. And the experience has left them hungry for more in the world of international business.

Working as feasibility analysts they researched market potentials in India for the company and its clients in the biotech/clean-tech industry, largely in Bangalore.

Since their return, the company has been busy with a “deluge of leads” and partnership follow-ups. “The students’ deliverables, successes and work has been nothing less than spectacular,” says Oxus Nexus external relations manager, Melissa Andruk.

The pair also represented Mantra Energy Alternative’s Electro Reduction of CO2 (ERC) technology at India’s International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS).

The company was one of five representing Canada in the clean technology sector, with themes ranging from solar power and waste-to-energy to their own pitch for carbon capture and recycling technology.

“Each of the companies showcased their technologies and there was a lot of interest in what we had to say,” says Bhandal, who likened the show to the “Olympics” of engineering.

Andruk says the two not only did an outstanding job presenting at the symposium’s final day but also received mention in the Canadian High Commissioner’s closing address.

Bhandal is a marketing and finance major in her final year and hopes to go into business development and new venture consulting. Dhanju is a third-year finance and entrepreneurship major hoping to one day run his own business.

Western Economic Diversification Canada funds SFU’s BC-India Mobility Initiative and provides linkages with India to projects that support areas such as clean energy, life sciences, new media and film. A total of 27 students have been involved in work terms in India since the initiative was created.

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