WittyCookie founder nets Surrey business award
Simon Fraser University student entrepreneur Michael Cheng, founder of WittyCookie, is Surrey’s 2012 Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
Cheng received the honour – presented by Joanne Curry, SFU Surrey’s executive director, on behalf of the Surrey Board of Trade – during the city’s Business Excellence Awards banquet Nov. 15.
Awards are determined by assessing such criteria as strategic development, leadership and overall business performance.
Cheng, 23, created WittyCookie, a Vancouver web design company, with a view to making web services more affordable and streamlined for small businesses. “We’ve worked to build amazing websites for hundreds of small business owners who would never have otherwise been able to afford a great site,” says Cheng.
While web designers traditionally charge one large sum, often with a large deposit, WittyCookie provides micro-monthly payment options starting at just $19 a month, explains Cheng, who, after graduating plans to introduce WittyCookie to international markets.
Earlier this year Cheng received a Surrey Board of Trade top-25-under-25 award, after last fall creating SFU’s inaugural TEDxSFU.
Cheng and his team drew hundreds to SFU Surrey’s campus and hundreds more via streaming video to participate.
“Community engagement can be interpreted in many different ways and we were thrilled to have leaders from our own backyard offering their unique perspectives on this theme to the world,” says Cheng, a student in SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) and a client of SFU’s Venture Connection.
Two others who were in the running for the SEY award also have SFU ties - Julian DeSchutter, who studied at SFU and created the DeSchutter Group, a consulting firm working with the mining industry, and Sukhi Sangha, a health sciences undergraduate and founder of the Surrey-based Sangha’s Learning Centre.
Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.
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