Student entrepreneurs compete as winner aims high
Irina Gushchina, 604.891.3355; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantelle Buffie, 604.763.7211; email@example.com
Jordan Gutierrez, 778.800.1232; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @jordangk
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
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While budding entrepreneurs at Simon Fraser University compete Nov. 19 for the chance to become SFU’s 2011 Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the reigning SEY, Jordan Gutierrez, will cap off his year in New York – vying for a global title.
Since being named SFU’s SEY last fall for his highly-successful online medical book selling company, librerialeo.com.mx, the economics student has won a string of accolades, becoming B.C.’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year as well as the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship’s (ACE) regional winner, and runner-up at the ACE national competition earlier this spring.
Gutierrez earlier told students how being SFU’s SEY helped to further advance his business through new sources of support. “It has been a busy year,” he says.
Meanwhile organizers of Saturday’s competition are gearing up to find another Gutierrez.
Hosted by SFU’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) group, the annual contest will be held at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside (1- 5 p.m.).
Four finalists (chosen from 10) will pitch their business plans to a panel of industry professionals. They’ll be evaluated on innovation, management skills, market analysis and financials as well as their future outlook. A people’s choice award is also given to the audience favourite.
The competition, which offers more than $10,000 in prizes, connects the best and brightest student entrepreneurs at SFU with industry professionals and top business leaders across the Lower Mainland.
Sponsored by VISA Canada, a networking and awards reception follows the competition with speakers Mark Wardell, president and founder of Wardell Professional Development, and George Moen, president of Blenz Coffee.
Other sponsors include (gold level): Ernst & Young, Goal Holdings, Palagon, SFU Beedie School of Business and (silver level) Borden Ladner Gervais, TIO, Simon Fraser Student Society and Women’s Enterprise Centre.