Sauder takes top seeds at Enterprize 2013


Students from the Sauder BCom course New Venture Designswept the top three spots in the recent Enterprize Canada National Business Plan Competition, held February 8 to 10 in downtown Vancouver.

Agile Monitoring Equipment took first with their technology aimed at solving the problem of leaks in oil pipelines. Developed in New Venture Design, which partners business and engineering students, the device uses micro sensors inside a pipeline to map the size of holes and alert operators. The team consists of Sauder BCom students Shaan Narang, Michal Luptak and Diana Hu and UBC Engineering students Daryl Pritchard, Brad Bycraft and Nathan Chan. Last month, the team also won first place at the BMO APEX Business Plan Competition.

Team Aasith, founded by BCom students Beverley Cheng, Monica McMahen and Sean Fleming, and engineering students Davis Wuolle, Colin Daw and André Herath, came in second. Their product Quick Dry Bag, a product that safely dries a suit within two hours, enables competitive swimmers to race in several heats during the course of a day using their fastest suit possible.

SoundIt, a mobile app using a ranking system to create a playlist for customers’ favorite bars, pubs and venues, grabbed third place. The product was created by BCom students Sonal Haria, Douglas Cheung and Eric Seto, and engineering students Anuj Mehta, Nick Adams and Samuel Chan.

Thirty schools from across Canada competed at the Enterprize Canada Business Plan Competition, a part of Enterprise Canada’s Entrepreneurship Conference, which connects young Canadian entrepreneurs with industry professionals.

Enterprize Canada is an affiliate and member organization of Sauder's Commerce Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia.