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New social networking model to connect students

September 24, 2014
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Yan Hong, a student in Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), has just launched a new social enterprise, Offerri.com.

The non-profit “online to offline” (O2O) platform lets SFU students post online requests for assistance and receive free help offline from their peers. In return for their assistance, helpers can receive online endorsements for their skills and personalities, boosting their reputations and enhancing their resumés.

Hong says Offerri is a new model for making friends, using O2O social networking.

“In traditional social networking, people know each other, then share their life and information online,” he says.

“However, for freshmen and international students in universities, they know few people in school, and they might suffer alone in the beginning. We want to encourage all students, not only newcomers, to help each other and make new friends.”

Offeri is a client of SFU’s Venture Connection program, which will provide Hong with mentorship and support throughout the venture’s launch.

The program, in partnership with Coast Capital Savings, has supported more than 3,000 students and provided development services to over 250 student-venture teams since its inception at SFU in 2008.

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