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…

SFU VentureLabs company, Medimap raises $3.5 million seed round

Vancouver-based venture Medimap makes it easy for patients to compare wait times at their local clinics. Medimap has been scaling quickly since Blake Adam started the company in 2015. Currently, more than 70% of walk-in clinics across Canada use Medimap’s software. In August 2021, Medimap closed $3.5 million in seed financing led by Tiny Capital…

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…

Year in review: University helping drive social, economic innovation in time of crisis

Originally published by Joy Johnson in Business in Vancouver. At the close of a very challenging year, it’s important to take stock of the lessons learned during the worst health and economic crisis in living memory. For me, the pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the ways in which our individual destinies are linked…