Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection
Gain the skills, knowledge and resources you need to become an entrepreneur, all with the encouragement from a tight-knit community and a unique approach that works with your individual needs.
Starting any kind of business is tough. We give you the tools to make it happen.
SFU student partners with UN to deliver global sustainable development goals
This summer, Rochelle Prasad realized her dream of working for the United Nations. An undergrad in SFU’s Faculty of Education, she is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Camp We Empower, which has just registered as a partner to help the United Nations achieve its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). learn more →
#MadeBySFU competition attracts record number of entrepreneurs
This year’s annual #MadeBySFU entrepreneurship competition attracted twice as many competitors as last year and, for the first time, all of them were women. They were vying for three purchase orders worth $750 each from the SFU Spirit Shop, as well as shelf space in its three bookstore locations. learn more →
SFU track and field alumni are helping high school athletes access more post-secondary athletic opportunities
High school athletes across Canada can now make better decisions about their athletic futures thanks to this #SFUStartup. learn more →
Company headed by SFU alumnus takes 2019 New Ventures BC top prize
Lumen5, headed by CEO Michael Cheng (centre), an SFU SIAT alumnus—and early client of Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection— receives the top prize in this year's New Ventures BC competition. learn more →
Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection and additional entrepreneurship initiatives expand with $1.9M federal funding
Canadian government pledge almost $3 million in federal funding to entrepreneurship and clean tech initiatives at SFU. learn more →
I was first introduced to the power of mentorship at SFU through Venture Connection,” says Cheng. “When learning a skill or honing a craft, you seek out coaches and teachers—entrepreneurship is no exception. I've carried this important lesson with me all these years and I continue to actively seek out mentors as I tackle new challenges.
Mike Cheng, co-founder Lumen5, Snip.ly, WittyCookie
Being a part of the Venture Connection family has done wonders for the Camp We Empower family. We have been able to learn new concepts with guidance; which has allowed us to grow, both as individuals and as an organization.
Rochelle Prasad, Co-founder, SPARK Foundation
Venture Connection is helping Ionomr and many other exciting ventures bridge the ‘valley of death’ from idea to established company with significant support and mentorship. This is helping us make the right decisions and build the relationships we need to succeed in the market."