Business community celebrates student entrepreneurs at major event

Entrepreneurship luncheon

More than 100 people gathered for the 4th Annual Entrepreneurship Luncheon at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel to celebrate the creativity of UBC student entrepreneurs.

The April 30th event hosted by Sauder’s W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre provided student teams the chance to present their business start-ups developed in class to leading members of the Vancouver business community.

The new start-ups included: 

  • Goodnights, which has produced a mobile app providing a convenient paperless ticketing solution for concerts and events;
  • ChipLab, which has developed microchip technology aimed at isolating circulating tumour cells; 
  • Hockey Follower, which has designed an app combining social media with hockey stats;
  • MobiChill, a team that invented a device used to induce therapeutic hypothermia in cardiac arrest patients; 
  • Conisys Electronics, which has developed the PlugPluck to allow for easy access to electric outlets in hard to reach places; 
  • Precision NanoSystems, Inc. which has developed “NanoAssemblr” technology that can manufacture the next generation of nanoparticles for use in healthcare; and 
  • REV Technologies, which created cloud-hosted software that makes electric vehicles cheaper to own and operate.

The teams were founded in the innovative undergraduate course New Venture Design (pdf, 47 KB) and in the graduate course Technology Entrepreneurship, which pair business and UBC engineering students to invent new products and services, develop prototypes and file for patents. 

According to Professor Thomas Hellmann, Director of W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre, student interest in entrepreneurship is increasing year after year and the business community is becoming more and more involved.

“Knowing that our entrepreneurship-focused classes are fostering such a diverse range of successful start-ups is music to my ears,” Professor Hellmann said.