About the Program
Technology entrepreneurship@SFU (tech e@SFU) is a high-tech entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with Innovate BC (formerly the BC Innovation Council) Dr. Ken Spencer, Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Beedie School of Business intended to develop BC's knowledge-based economy.
Note: Please note that as of 2016, Tech e@SFU is also open to students from all faculties who are registered in the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will be ready to take the two entrepreneurship capstones (BUS 477 & BUS 406) with the rest of their cohort.
Ken Spencer's tech e@sfu program is a competitive hands-on, entrepreneurial pathway for third- and fourth-year business, applied science and Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship students that provides the funds, skills, mentorship and resources to move from innovative ideas to successful new products and, hopefully, ventures. Students enrolled in the program will design and prototype of market-driven products and systems and produce a business plan and obtain a lead customer. Tech e@sfu students will receive a monetary award, training and workshops in teamwork, communication, engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation and will have access to mentorship from industry experts. They will also gain access to the new product design studio outfitted with design and prototyping equipment including computer and A/V facilities, advanced design software, a rapid prototyping machine and other equipment to help students launch new, user-centered products. Tech e@sfu students will also have the opportunity compete for significant prototyping funds to turn their ideas into businesses.
About Ken Spencer
Ken Spencer co-founded CREO in 1983. CREO, was the leading manufacturer of computer-to-plate technology in the 1990s, grew to be BC’s largest technology company with over 4000 employees spanning the globe. It was BC's largest high technology company with sales of almost $1 Billion. Ken retired as CEO in 1995, remaining active on CREO’s board through its Nasdaq IPO and until its acquisition by Kodak for over $1 billion in 2005.
Ken now spends some of his time mentoring other CEO's and serving on boards. He is Chair of the board of Bycast, is Past Chair of Science World. Previously he has been Chair of the Board of Spectrum Signal Processing Twinstrand Therapeutics and CityXpress and a member of the Board of BCIT and AceTech. He is also chair of UBC's Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee, on the Council for UBC's University Liaison Office and on the Dean's Advisory Committee for the Business Faculty at Simon Fraser University.
About Innovate BC
Innovate BC (IBC) develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology. IBC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today’s global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.
In today’s economic climate, it is increasingly important for British Columbia to be competitively positioned in the global knowledge economy. IBC is developing an ecosystem that increases the number and success rate of technology startups in the province to promote economic development and strengthen BC’s contribution to the Canadian high tech sector. IBC does this by developing programs and providing support for initiatives that develop entrepreneurs and promote the commercialization of technology.
IBC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.