Start-up Stories

Start-up Stories

#StartupStories is a blog series where we share honest stories about the realities of entrepreneurship and awe-inspiring tales on how to overcome challenges to succeed.


  • February 08, 2021

    February 08, 2021

    In 2021 we're celebrating ten years of the Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition! It has been amazing to see startups with immense potential launch from the competition. The competitors' drive and passion are what fuel us to organize Venture Prize year after year (even if we have to reformat it into an online experience!) Let's take a look back at the Top Venture Prize winners since the competition began in 2012.

  • December 14, 2020

    December 14, 2020

    As the year comes to a close, we’ve been reminiscing on the milestones and achievements in 2020 at Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection. Walk down memory lane with us to see what we’ve been up to over the past 12 months. We’ve had a blast supporting entrepreneurship at SFU. Happy new year from the Venture Connection team!

  • April 23, 2019

    April 23, 2019

    This is not the story of two people living in their parent’s basement who cooked up a world-changing idea that made them millions; but it is the story of two people who created a small business out of something that neither ever envisioned doing before.

  • March 22, 2019

    March 22, 2019

    The road to building a business can be challenging and full of obstacles. Jaime Tatsubana shares some insider secrets on his experience in building his startup, so you can avoid the same pitfalls.

  • February 12, 2019

    February 12, 2019

    When extreme success killed his business, Thiago Silva transitioned into a thriving career in digital marketing. His entrepreneurial background proved to be beneficial within this new workplace.

  • March 27, 2019

    March 27, 2019

    Don't be scared of the b-word....bootstrapping! Doug Fast shares why bootstrapping is a viable option for your startup

  • June 16, 2018

    June 16, 2018

  • January 17, 2019

    January 17, 2019

    Through trial and error, NATIV Media Founder William Jiang, who created the viral $5 Ramen challenge and Beer Ramen challenge, discovered the true value of his company and who he needed to serve.

  • January 22, 2019

    January 22, 2019

    When a door closes, a startup fails, or when a startup fails to launch, it's rarely the end of the road. Carlos Leal shares how his entrepreneurial history has helped him in his career at Ernst & Young.

  • December 13, 2018

    December 13, 2018

    Michelle Martin did not grow up with a business background; she began her career as a journalist. Two startups later, Martin's vision and beliefs developed into what is now Whole Human Projects and Stratosphere. Not only did Martin's successes and failures shaped her entrepreneurial path, but also allowed Martin to see the good of it all. Read her profile.