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.