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SFU launches interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation concentration

September 16, 2014
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Sarah Lubik, lecturer, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9664, slubik@sfu.ca
Andrew Gemino, associate dean, SFU Beedie, 778.782.3653, gemino@sfu.ca
John Morton, marketing director, SFU Beedie, 778.782.5038, jmmorton@sfu.ca
Dixon Tam, information officer, SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations, 778.782.8742, dixont@sfu.ca

A new interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation concentration offered by Simon Fraser University and its partners teaches undergraduate students the teamwork, problem solving, and creativity skills that are increasingly required to create opportunities after graduation.

The revised concentration – launched in September 2014 and taught mainly at SFU’s award-winning Surrey campus – features a new open access Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation class available to second-year students from across SFU.

Completion of this introductory class will, for the first time, provide a gateway to students from other disciplines at SFU to access entrepreneurship and innovation courses offered by SFU’s Beedie School of Business.

In addition to building foundational entrepreneurship and innovation knowledge, a final integrative capstone class will require students to combine all of their skills, working in teams to create their own startup ventures.

“By offering second-year students from all disciplines a route into entrepreneurship, they learn from an early stage to think creatively and utilize complementary skillsets in teams,” says Sarah Lubik, co-director of Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU, and a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at SFU Beedie.

The program’s interdisciplinary cohort model utilizes experiential teaching methods. Students work with real-life entrepreneurs – including clients of SFU’s student incubatorVenture Connection – and learn to find market-driven solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Current teaching partnerships that will be integrated into the concentration include Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU, in partnership with SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences’Mechatronics Systems Engineering and the BC Innovation CouncilplatFORM, in partnership with Emily Carr University; and Change Lab, in partnership with SFU’s Faculty of Environment and social-innovation lab and venture incubator RADIUS.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship require a mindset where students identify and pursue opportunities to make their own careers, and this new concentration will ensure they have the skills to do so,” says Andrew Gemino, associate dean, undergraduate programs at SFU Beedie.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is 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 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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