Photos: Top SFU student ventures take home prizes at Opportunity Fest
SFU's Opportunity Fest, held annually in March, showcases student innovators and entrepreneurs from across the University, and celebrates their increasing interdisciplinary collaboration.
This marketplace-style festival of student creativity, hosted by SFU's Beedie School of Business at the Surrey campus, allows students to showcase their products and ventures, from business plans to product prototypes, to the wider community.
Judges from industry, academia and the wider community engaged with student teams, evaluated their endeavours and awarded a number of cash and gift prizes in a variety of categories. This year's winners:
- Most impactful environmental opportunity: SIM Globe is using 3D printed honeycombs to improve honey production efficiency.
- Most impactful social opportunity: Zodiac, creators of emURGENCY, an app that will increase hospital efficiency by providing medical information to doctors prior to the patient being diagnosed.
- Triple Bottom Line (sponsored by Vancity) winner and most innovative technological solution: Zennea Technologies is creating the world’s smallest CPAP (ventilator) to help sleep apnea sufferers who are unable or unwilling to use the current solutions available.
- Most investable opportunity: Open Spot, the Airbnb of parking. It facilitates communication between private lot owners and drivers looking for a cheap parking spot.
- Entrepreneurs Choice: Ecoffee is upcycling coffee grounds from Vancouver coffee shops to optimize this valuable resource.
- "Junior Innovators" from Fraser Heights Secondary: CHAAC the AstroPi, a cost-effective solution that monitors and records weather parameters such as temperature, humidity and air pressure.
Ali Dastmalchian, dean of SFU's Beedie of School of Business, speaks at Opportunity Fest.
Beedie student Guangze Lu pitches his business, Text and Drive, to Opportunity Fest judge Tamara Etmannski.
The Get-Busy Team pitch their project that aims to create a more socially-active atmosphere on SFU campus through, and in turn tackle the issue of loneliness.
Zennea Technologies are the winners of the most innovative technological solution and $1,000 grand prize in Triple Bottom Line Innovation from Vancity. They are creating the world’s smallest CPAP to treat sleep apnea.
Sarah Lubik (left), SFU's director of entrepreneurship, with Kanna Ng (centre) and Charlene Persila Owuor (right) of Ummah Kitchen, a venture that aims to help refugee employment.
Sarah Lubik, SFU's director of entrepreneurship, speaks at Opportunity Fest.
Steve Dooley, executive director of SFU's Surrey campus, speaks at Opportunity Fest.
SFU Beedie alumnus William Brenner, co-founder of Orello Hearing Technologies, speaks at Opportunity Fest. Orello's novel, inexpensive hearing aid won most impactful opportunity at last year's event.
LOCUS, a location-based analytics company, pitch their business to judges.
For more photos, visit the Beedie School of Business's Flickr photo album.