Entrepreneurship isn't about dressing up
Entrepreneurship isn’t about dressing up in fancy suits and pitching your idea in front of the Dragons’ Den. Entrepreneurship might seem scary at first, but you don’t have to do it alone.
It takes a variety of people and skills to bring an innovative idea to life. Our goal for this event is to reveal several different paths that are available to you at UBC to help you realize your idea and to share some valuable insights on how you can be introduced to the entrepreneurial ecosystem around us.
*NEW* Following this intimate panel discussion, the evening will culminate with the presentation of the ePortfolio awards. We’re excited to announce our panel of local tech entrepreneurs that will be accompanying the Program Director of entrepreneurship@UBC, Blair Simonite:
Amielle Lake: Amielle founded Tagga Media in 2008, a platform to help marketers connect with consumers in an increasingly technology-driven world. Campaign Monitor, an industry leader in email marketing, acquired Tagga in February 2017. Amielle currently sits on the board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and is an advisor to three start-ups in the Vancouver community. Amielle holds an MBA and is a published author.
Barry Po, ph.D. : Dr. Barry Po is the Senior Director of Product and Business Development at NGRAIN, a 3D and artificial intelligence software company based in Vancouver. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) from UBC, he has worked at some of the world’s most recognizable brands in 80+ countries. Barry has appeared in various media outlets such as Popular Mechanics and Inc Magazine, mentors budding entrepreneurs, and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations.
Blair Simonite BASc, MBA, P.Eng: Blair Simonite teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at the Sauder School of Business and is Program Director of Entrepreneurship@UBC. Prior to joining UBC he was COO/CFO for Recombo Inc., a cloud software firm, and for ACL Services Ltd., the global leader in audit-analytics software. He had many years of involvement as a partner and board member with BC Social Venture Partners, an organization that funds and provides business mentorship to not-for-profit organizations with innovative and sustainable approaches to social issues.
There will also be an opportunity for one-on-one chats with our panelists after the meeting, with an opportunity for you to share your portfolio or anything cool you’re working on that you can’t wait to share!
Food and refreshments will be available. RSVP required ( or use LEARN MORE link below)
(Monday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DMP 110 - Hugh Dempster Pavillion
6245 Agronomy Rd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Even great ideas can flounder
Even great ideas can flounder if a leader isn’t communicating effectively.
Entrepreneurs aren’t purely “idea people,” dreaming up revolutionary new concepts and coming to profound conclusions about their industry. They might be doing that at times. But instead, entrepreneurs spend most of their days working hard with others to make those ideas a reality, and how they communicate that idea dictates whether or not they are successful.
Join us for a practical, hands-on session with David Miller, instructor at the Sauder School of Business , to assist you in getting out of your communication comfort zone, and practice the multi-faceted skills of being an effective communicator. This Lunch & Learn will benefit anyone who has ever felt anxious giving a presentation, or who wants to improve connecting their message with their audience.
(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Graham Lee Innovation Centre (e@UBC Startup Space)
6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
The Canada China International Open
The Canada China International Open Innovation Forum provides a platform for Canadian companies, investors and public sector leaders to explore strategic partnerships, meet with international investors and gain insights into the market opportunity and programs available to help accelerate technology commercialization and adoption in China.
(Friday) 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Fundica Roadshow is an
The Fundica Roadshow is an initiative by Fundica which started in 2013.
The 2017 Fundica Roadshow is proud to present the $1,000,000 FSVP Investment Award to the most outstanding startup.
Here’s an overview of the 2016 Fundica Roadshow:
- 11 cities coast-to-coast across Canada and 1 in San Francisco
- 102 national and community partners (incubators, accelerators, and national sponsors)
- 114 pitches, 1948 participants and 124 funders
- 105 educational sessions by inspirational speakers!
(Friday) 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC