Want to see the pitch videos and network with teams and judges? Please visit our OppFest page on BuzzIt!

Opportunity Fest 2021

 

On April 8th, 2021, The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business will host the annual Opportunity Fest (OppFest): SFU's largest showcase of student entrepreneurship projects. This year, we are celebrating 10 years of Opportunity Fest!

Opportunity Fest is an annual event hosted by the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, and where elementary students, high school students and SFU students showcase to the wider community, their entrepreneurial mindset in their innovative products and ventures, from written business plans to functional product prototypes. In this event, judges from industry, academia and the wider community will engage with the student teams, evaluate the projects and award prizes across numerous categories. Through Opportunity Fest, student innovators and entrepreneurs can increase their interdisciplinary network through collaboration and learning how to turn constructive feedback into the next iteration of their idea or venture.

 

Event Details

Opportunity Fest 2021 (Sponsored by the Beedie School of Business)

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM PST

Location: Zoom

 

Volunteer

 

We Need Your Support!

The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business is currently looking for enthusiastic student ambassadors who will help the Chang Institute staff manage the flow of Opportunity Fest’s event logistics and technical support. In this volunteer role, you will increase your learning and networking experience in an entrepreneurial atmosphere. Through this opportunity, you will gain skills relevant to leadership and event planning.

Volunteer hours start at 4:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM on the day of the event. Additionally, there will be a required 2-hour pre-event volunteer orientation workshop. This workshop will occur on the week of March 24-27 through Zoom.

 

Why Volunteer?

  • Gain skills related to event coordinating (problem solving, adaptability, time management)

  • Develop your communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills

  • Experience a venture competition up close

  • Networking Opportunities

    • Expand your personal and professional relationships with students and industry professionals

  • Enjoy being in a high energy and vibrant environment

  • Receive official recognition for participation as a volunteer under the Student Ambassador Program on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and receive a reference for your time as an Opportunity Fest volunteer, if requested.

Job Role Responsibilities:

You may be assigned to one or two of these specific roles:

  • Registration Coordinator:

    • Admit event attendees to the Zoom Main Room in reference to the registration sheet

    • Track and update list of attendees

    • Track attendees in each breakout room

    • Monitor participant list (i.e. remove disrupting guests, disable mic/video if needed)

  • Assistant Moderator/Networking Moderator:

    • Support moderators in Zoom, Google Drive and/or YouTube technical features (Muting mics, sharing screen if needed, lowering “raise hand”)

    • Communicate pre-written messages to breakout room

    • Back up moderators in the case of technical difficulties

    • Monitor breakout room and communicate updates to the main organizer

    • Facilitate discussions to engage judges and students in the Networking Activity portion

  • Score Analyst:

    • Collect the scores from judges and participants via Google Suite

    • Evaluate the data and determine the winners accurately

    • Communicate the winners to the event organizers

 

Volunteers should possess two or more of the following skill requirements:

  • Familiar with Zoom technical features, YouTube, Google Suite, Canvas, MS Excel and Discord

  • Enthusiastic and outgoing

  • Able to lead discussions

  • Able to work independently and with teams

  • Flexible working in a fast-paced environment

  • Organized and attentive to detail

  • Problem solving

  • Time management

  • Communication

  • Curiosity and Interest in the Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship an Asset

Apply Here to Volunteer!

Applications are open from March 1, 2021 and close on Friday, March 19, 11:59 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyanna Salang at ev_changinstitute@sfu.ca.

 

Introducing the winners of Opportunity Fest 2021!

You can learn more about each team venture over on BuzzIt!

 

Prospera Credit Union’s High Impact Innovator Grand Prize: Cirendipity (Yoonji Choi, Darian Wickstead, Hannah Plowman & Ulduz Ghahramani)

 

Sustainable Innovation

1st Place: What the Hemp! (Liam Wenzel, Chinmayee Kusnur, Pouya Alijoula, Jinguo (Jessie) Fan & Jacob Erickson)

2nd Place: Charge Tech (Alex Luowan, Ken Wei, Laksh Agarwal, Nima Shahlaee & Tache Sato)

3rd Place: Cirendipity (Yoonji Choi, Darian Wickstead, Hannah Plowman & Ulduz Ghahramani)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: Cirendipity (Yoonji Choi, Darian Wickstead, Hannah Plowman & Ulduz Ghahramani)

 

Community Connections

1st Place: Glow Girls (Claire Connop, Marzia Sager, Karan Kaur Johar & Bianca Partovi)

2nd Place: CoFit (Megan Dhaliwal, Brent WaldBillig, Hsiao-Hsuan Han, Nancy - Sowon Kim & Braxton Reimer)

3rd Place: UniConnect+ (Daniel Li, Jose Castro, Michael Sui, Parsa Nazeri, Patrick Zhao)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: Glow Girls (Claire Connop, Marzia Sager, Karan Kaur Johar & Bianca Partovi) + Prozgo (Avril Yang, Aaron Cheng, Bill Zhu, Jimmy Nguyen & Malhur Hara)

 

Rethinking Fashion

1st Place: Wrong Side Studio (Caleigh Smith)

2nd Place: Stylaware (Suvansha Kohli, Angela Shen, Hussain Attarwala, Tanatswa Mutoko, Millee Aujla & Salina Sian)

3rd Place: Bract Leather (Burak Culhaoglu, Kathy Datsky, Daryn William MacDougall, Arsen Nurshaikhy & Ty Charles Westgard)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: Bract Leather (Burak Culhaoglu, Kathy Datsky, Daryn William MacDougall, Arsen Nurshaikhy & Ty Charles Westgard)

 

Holistic Health

1st Place: Elevate (Lucy Lei, Karen Lim, Mayank Aggarwal, Zainab Vajahath, Clayton Jang & XingLu Wang)

2nd Place: Iuvox Technologies (Ian Leighton, Michael Hong, Liam Wenzel, Suchita Chawla, Jayden Piatelli, Keaton Winnicky-Lewis, Michelle De la O)

3rd Place: Sibulus (Ryan Le, Jerry Weng, Takundanashe (TK) Chisvo, Julien Gibbons, Cheng Jie (Michael) Huang, Chris Vattathichirayil)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: Macrow (Harsh Behal, Riyadh Bahar, Josh Lim, Aaron Lopez-Dee, Elena Soboleva)

 

Digital Solutions

1st Place: Zipport (Natalie Appel, Ciera Baldonero, Daniel Kim, Angela Sheenmar, Ben Boublil, Rinon Murashima)

2nd Place: ANTS Robotics (Devan Parmar, Michael Le, Dmitry Gusev, Ibrahim Helal, James Lui & Nam Mai)

3rd Place: WellPlayed (Kobe Sam, Hize Gadia, Nicholas Lindholm, Xi Ran (Jason) Xu & Sepehr Ahmadipourshirazi)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: ANTS Robotics (Devan Parmar, Michael Le, Dmitry Gusev, Ibrahim Helal, James Lui & Nam Mai)

 

PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs

Winner Room 1: Riley's Zany Bird Pencils (Riley)

Entrepreneurs' Choice Room 1: Violet's Spiky Friends (Violet)

Winner Room 2: Ben's Flip Stix (Ben)

Entrepreneurs' Choice Room 2: Ben's Flip Stix  (Ben)

 

High School Entrepreneurs  

Winner Room 1: Team Eco Theory (Trisha A., Jaideep D., Jaskarn G., Manpreet D., Sidakdeep L.)

Entrepreneurs' Choice: TIE - Team TransformEV (Arad J., Borna S., Joe D., Ryan T., Qaleem R.)

and Team SaniTeam (Riley G., Okiemute A., Jeco M., Carol W., Gurleen D.)