Helping agri-food entrepreneurs innovate and grow

Guelph ON/Vancouver BC, 27 September 2021 – Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine, and VentureLabs at Simon Fraser University (SFU), have agreed to join forces to help new agri-food companies commercialize and scale up science and technology innovations. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify their collaboration. For Bioenterprise, partnering…

SFU VentureLabs help students become future-ready in pilot entrepreneurial placement program

Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary, is a bridge between today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges. Motivated students want to break into the startup world to gain meaningful experience and startups want to identify early talent to join their teams. However, there was a gap between eager…

SFU is the top innovative university in Canada: 2021 university rankings

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) rankings measure how universities create value for society. The 2021 rankings put SFU third in the world for its entrepreneurial spirit and 24th overall among innovative universities, placing SFU as the number one innovative university in Canada—and the only one at that to crack the top 100. SFU VentureLabs is a key part of the…

Gender bias problem on Wikipedia: CBC Radio ft. Virginia Balcom

As the world’s largest online encyclopedia, Wikipedia is a popular resource for many online users. Often overlooked is Wikipedia’s lack of coverage on successful women due to gender bias. According to a new study by American sociologist Francesca Tripodi, volunteer editors nominate women’s pages for deletion at a higher rate than men’s pages. While women…

MAZDIS’ innovative storage units keep citizen’s bikes safe

SFU VentureLabs client company MAZDIS is a Vancouver-based company offering automated bike storage systems that make it easier for cyclists to securely and conveniently park their bicycles, for developers to save space, and for Local Government to invest in secure bike parking. VentureLabs spoke with Nick Mani, CEO of MAZDIS, to learn more about their…

From working in the restoration industry to building solutions with RocketPlan

An SFU VentureLabs interview with Joe Tolzmann, CEO of RocketPlan Technologies. VentureLabs’ client company RocketPlan built an operations system that benefits all participants in the remediation space: contractors, owners, building managers, property managers, insurers, and insurance brokers. RocketPlan digitizes the process so they can save time, have predictable estimates for stakeholders, and a simplified process…