About Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection®

Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection is the longest running entrepreneurship program at SFU. We are the university's flagship, early-stage startup incubator open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all disciplines in the SFU community. We equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools, knowledge, and support system needed to build solutions for the future.


What we offer:

  • Founder training
  • Dedicated mentorship
  • Entrepreneurship co-op
  • Industry connections
  • Office space
  • Team support
  • An inclusive community for past, present and future entrepreneurs

We’re dedicated to sparking entrepreneurship across the university, by hosting annual competitions and eye-opening workshops to inspire the next SFU entrepreneur.

Venture Connection serves all three campuses from its main office in Surrey.

Over 13,500+ participants engaged in our programs

Over 1350 teams mentored, through 5000+ mentoring hours

Over 220 early-stage startups have used our business development services

MISSION

To offer emerging founders and entrepreneurs the tools, resources, partnerships and support both within and beyond the SFU community through inspirational hands-on training, mentorship, networks and events.

VISION

Our vision is to empower the next generation of SFU entrepreneurial leaders to transform the future with their problem solving, innovations and creations.

PROGRAM HISTORY

Simon Fraser University is building a strong, world-class entrepreneurship program that is broad-based in its approach to new ventures. Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection is a key driver in achieving this cultural change throughout the university.

This university-wide program was launched in 2008 by the Innovation Office in collaboration with the SFU-Surrey Campus, the Beedie School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Sciences, government partners and community members.  The program now collaborates with departments and faculties throughout the university, on all 3 campuses.

Many of the incubator teams have been successful in starting their businesses and attracting external financing and acquiring their first customers, while three teams have successfully negotiated exits for the founders when their companies were acquired, Layerboom (acquired by Joyent in 2010), MetroLeap Media (MetroLyrics acquired by CBS Interactive in 2011); ArtsAlly (acquired by Kabuni in 2014). Other incubator alumni include MetaOptima, Addictive Ads, VeloMetro, CKM Sports and Buyatab (Named #2 on the 2017 Profit500 list of Canada's fastest growing companies).



Along with its professional staff, Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection engages Mentors-in-Residence to support the program and act as one-on-mentors with the incubator teams, as well as many volunteers from the entrepreneurial community who participate as panelists, judges, speakers and advisors.  All of the programs are provided at no cost to participants and are open to all students from any faculty or campus.