The President's Dream Colloquium on Entrepreneurship takes place on Fridays at the Burnaby campus in the Spring 2014 term.

  • Seminars are for students in the course only, and take place on Fridays, 1:30–4:30 pm, Burnaby campus, Simon Fraser University. Applications for the course will be accepted until all seats are taken.
  • The free public lectures are open to the entire community and take place from 3–4:30 pm. As seats are limited, please reserve online. Please note room change to AQ 3182. (See locations map.)

January 10 seminar: Eric Gedajlovic, BLU 10031
January 17 speaker: Mike Wright (please reserve online)

  1. What constitutes an "entrepreneurial opportunity" ?
  2. What factors determine who is likely to become an entrepreneur and what sorts of opportunities are discovered?
  3. What factors determine whether discovered opportunities are favourably evaluated and acted upon?
  4. What factors determine how favourably evaluated opportunities are acted upon.

Science and Technology Entrepreneurship

January 24 seminar: Elicia Maine
January 31 speaker: Scott Stern (please reserve online)

  1. What opportunities and barriers exist for scientist entrepreneurs?
  2. How does science & technology entrepreneurship differ from software & IT to biotech to nanotech to cleantech?
  3. How do science & technology entrepreneurs select markets for commercializing their inventions?
  4. When and why do scientist entrepreneurs choose to license their technology rather than manufacture their own product or process?

February 20 BMO Public Lecture: Saul Estrin (SOLD OUT)

Financing for Entrepreneurs

February 7 seminar: Jan Simon
February 10–14: SFU Reading Break
February 21 speaker: Andrew Harries (please reserve online)

  1. What makes an idea an investment opportunity? (Contrast this to the first question in Topic 1: Entrepreneurial Thinking Across Individuals and Contexts)
  2. How do valuation methodologies differ in early stage financing compared to traditional valuation methodologies?
  3. How do venture capitalists take advantage of financial engineering?
  4. Do venture capitalists really make a difference?

Social Entrepreneurship

February 28 seminar: Tom Lawrence/ David Dunne / Shawn Smith
March 7 speaker: Jonathan Lewis (please reserve online)

  1. How can the public, private and not-for-profit sectors work together to effect social change? What are their different frames and languages, and how can they be bridged?
  2. What is the difference between social entrepreneurship and commercial entrepreneurship?
  3. What is the “ROI” on social entrepreneurship? How should performance be measured?
  4. How are social entrepreneurs financed?
  5. What methods of innovation are most effective in dealing with social problems and developing approaches for social entrepreneurs?
  6. What are the major opportunity spaces for social entrepreneurs?
  7. What organizational forms best facilitate social innovation and entrepreneurship?

Cultural Entrepreneurship

March 14 seminar: Catherine Murray and Michael Boucher, Director, Cultural Development & Programming at SFU Woodward's
March 21 speaker: Kate Oakley (please reserve online)

  1. Why is there a focus on the creative (bohemian)class in the cultural economy today?
  2. How does an artist/creator differ from a cultural entrepreneur?
  3. What are the success factors for starting a creative enterprise? (Three cases: selected among Carly Rae Jepson, Cirque du Soleil, Silicon Sisters, Cowichan Valley Knitters, n’Kmip band)
  4. How, if at all, is cultural entrepreneurship distinct from other economic sectors?
  5. Given its known high risk, can cultural entrepreneurship be sustainable? Why is it often associated with gentrification and hyper consumption in the urban economy? How does cultural entrepreneurship intersect with social justice, identity and class today?
  6. Will digital technologies help leverage ideas and creative expression in a networked environment, or prove difficult to monetize? How are they changing the practice of cultural entrepreneurship?
  7. How may those usually excluded from theories of cultural entrepreneurship in the economy  be empowered to unlock job creation and sustainable growth? What are the emerging narratives of entrepreneurial practices in Canadian culture in a world of globalizing opportunity?

Indigenous Entrepreneurship

March 28 seminar: Mark Selman and Bryan Gallagher
April 4 speaker: Robert Miller (please reserve online)

  1. What distinguishes indigenous entrepreneurship from other entrepreneurial ventures?
  2. Can entrepreneurship be a vehicle for avoiding or breaking down colonial practices or does it necessarily play into individualist tendencies that are contrary to the community orientation of traditional cultures?
  3. Does the interaction of entrepreneurship and indigenous knowledge and values have the potential to encourage new kinds of entrepreneurial models?
  4. Is entrepreneurship an important part of economic renewal of indigenous communities?

Student Presentations

April 11 event: Eric Gedajlovic, location TBA