Pandemic opens doors for student entrepreneur

Michelle De la O’s entrepreneurship journey started with bad news. A travel enthusiast, she had been excited to go on two student exchanges during her undergraduate degree—one in France and one in Italy. But those plans were quashed when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and international travel came to a halt.

With student exchanges no longer available, De la O looked for other options to enrich her experience at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Eventually, she decided to concentrate in entrepreneurship and innovation and joined the TechE@SFU program. Now, she is co-founder and CEO of health tech start-up IUVOX, which develops smart air disinfection devices for dental offices to reduce the risk of disease transmission by killing 99.9 percent of airborne pathogens—a concept born out of the pandemic.

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