Entrepreneurs Celebrating Indigenous Heritage

From origin stories to potlatches and powwows to family songs, Indigenous traditions in North America are rich in diversity and history. But the loss of this culture and knowledge is accelerating with the passing of Elders. One entrepreneur is trying to change that.

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Winners of OppFest 2022 🎉

Over 300 Celebrate Youth Innovation and Unlock their Potential at this Year’s Opportunity Fest 2022 Opportunity Fest 2022 (OppFest) is Simon Fraser University’s largest showcase of entrepreneurial projects. Hosted by the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and made possible by Prospera Credit Union, this year’s first hybrid celebration brought […]

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks ​​the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.   The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is […]

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Moment Energy Wins $100K to Power the Future

Four SFU mechatronics alumni from the Charles Chang Institute of Entrepreneurship have won the 2021 National Impact Investor Challenge with their cleantech startup, Moment Energy. The $100,000 investment prize was awarded on June 17, 2021 at the virtual finale. The challenge, hosted by Spring Activator, is a 10-week program that brings together investors looking for purpose-driven entrepreneurs. […]

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An Entrepreneur’s 11-Year Journey to Graduation

After 11 years, Alexandre Paré’s graduation from Simon Fraser University’s French and business programs marks the end to a difficult, but rewarding journey. He suffered a life-altering car accident, started a successful business and marched on to complete his degree. More than anything, Paré hopes he will continue his late grandfather’s entrepreneurial legacy and to […]

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Textile Sustainability – A Student Project Turned Published Book

Last fall, while wrestling with the challenges surrounding textile sustainability, 15 students in IAT 330 realized where they could make a difference. The interdisciplinary and experiential class, part of SFU’s Make Change Studio program in the Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, enabled this team of undergraduate students to propose an innovative solution to a real-world problem. “The wicked problem […]

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Affordable Renewable Energy to Remote Communities

Four SFU alumni entrepreneurs are giving used electric vehicle batteries a second life by converting them to clean-energy storage units that can help remote communities inexpensively transition to renewable energy. The increasing global demand for electric vehicles means more electric vehicle batteries will be disposed in the landfill unless they are repurposed. Entrepreneurs Sumreen Rattan, […]

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Opportunity Fest 2020

Opportunity Fest 2020: 10 Years of Unlocking Opportunities Following guidance on COVID-19 from regional and provincial health officers, SFU will not be holding large, in-person events at this time. Opportunity Fest 2020 will be the first year that the festival goes online. Please check back soon. On April 2nd, 2020, The Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship […]

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Streamline Athletics – Helping Athletes Succeed

SFU track and field alumni Alexandre Paré and Brett Montrose just launched Streamline Athletes, an online platform connecting high-school student-athletes to an extensive database of U.S. and Canadian post-secondary athletic and academic programs and scholarships. Supported through Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection. The founders are life-long track athletes who met on Simon Fraser University’s National Collegiate […]

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