media release

Students compete for entrepreneur of the year title

November 15, 2013

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Ten student teams are vying for the chance to become Simon Fraser University’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year in a Dragon’s Den-style competition at SFU’s Surrey campus on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The teams have made it to the semi-finalist round following two rounds of preliminary judging. Four will move on to the final round to showcase their businesses before a new panel of judges in hopes of winning $3,000 in prize funding, a free registered trademark, media and video packages, mentoring sessions, and the prestigious title.

The judging panel for the SFU award is comprised of highly recognized individuals in the local business community and makes its choice based on a number of evaluation criteria, including team background, innovation of the product or service, competitive analysis, financial planning, and overall presentation.

The competing student ventures include:

Above the Movement, a street-wear oriented clothing brand;

CheapShot, connects local businesses and online consumers;

EnableLife, an online community for people with disabilities;

Gnu Matrix, a software development company for the commercial greenhouse industry;

MetaOptima, provides early diagnosis of skin cancer from home;

Perkuna Engineering, introduces a new electric-assist “VeloCar” and one-way sharing network;

Samsara Energy, converts wood-waste into a renewable, carbon neutral bio-coal;

Salv/Edge Bags, turns banners into bags and backpacks, working with underemployed women;

Shield Diagnostics, develops a smart glucometer (shaped as a smartphone case) for diabetes patients;

SynAesthetix, an integrated home system to control lighting, sound and smell in homes.

 Previous winners have grown financial success with their businesses and have gone on to win other titles such as Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) regional and national honours, Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 under 25, Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year and secured participation in such initiatives as the Next 36.

Last year’s recipient, Michael Cheng, founder of WittyCookie and one of several student entrepreneurs who reaped benefits as a client of SFU’s Venture Connection, secured the majority of those titles.

To attend the competition and for more information see:

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked as one of Canada's top 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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