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Manu Varma, Traction on Demand, Vancouver, talks to GEM & SFU students about business model during Innovation Business Week

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Second day of Business Week 2015, on Wednesday, 11th of February, started by a company visit of Traction On Demand, located in Vancouver. The company was created 9 years ago and they try to change the way to do business. We arrived in the morning and we were nicely welcomed by several employees of the company. The place looks very friendly and the company offered us some bagels and coffee as a breakfast.

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Sarah Viala, former Transcontinental student, meets GEM students in Vancouver downtown

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On Tuesday Feb 10th, we had the pleasure to meet Sarah Viala who attended GEM Transcontinental program last year. She first came to Beijing in fall before arriving to Vancouver in spring to study entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation in a program jointly created last year by Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) and Simon Fraser University (Canada).

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Peter McLachlan and Jia Chen, Mobify, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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After warm welcoming by Jana  (member of the operation team) we started with a quick tour of the company building. Then we had great opportunity to listen to  Jia Chen, the product manager, who pitched about what it is to be an entrepreneur and about his personal experience. Finally, one of the three Mobify’s co-founders, Peter McLachlan, talked to us about the origin of the company, its development and strategy.

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Warren Roy and Kelvin Ng, Global Relay, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about startups during Innovation Business Week

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Second edition of the Business week in Vancouver kicked off by an excellent speech of Warren Roy, CEO of Global Relay. The Business week is organised for the students from Grenoble Ecole de Management who are participating in Entrepreneurship program run cojointly with Beedie Business School of SFU. Here are some of the most interesting ideas Mr. Roy outlined.

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Frank Chin, Elastic Path, Vancouver, talks to GEM & SFU students about the history of the company during Innovation Business Week

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On February 12th, 30 students from Grenoble Ecole de Management in the Transcontinental Vancouver Program visited Elastic Path with their fellow SFU classmates. You might wonder what this company does, so here is a brief summary of their past.

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Stephen Lazenby and Kelvin Ng, Global Relay, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about IT during Innovation Business Week

Global relay bannerThe transcontinental class was lucky to visit Global Relay on this Wednesday, 12th of February. Based in an entire building of Gastown, the students were welcomed by the director of business operations, Kelvin Ng, and the global head of product management, Stephen Lazenby. Created in 1999 their mission remains the same: “to be the number one provider of message and archive services to broker-dealers, investment advisors, hedge funds and banks globally, measured by total users, customers, and revenue”. Continue reading

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Kelly Bennett, Netflix, Vancouver, talks to GEM & SFU students about marketing during Innovation Business Week

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Grenoble EM and SFU students on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme in Vancouver attended a Q & A discussion with Chief Marketing Officer of Netflix Kelly Bennett. Bennett is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University that has made his way into the world’s fifth most innovative company, Netflix. The event was organized by Beedie School of Business and chaired by the Dean of the business school, Daniel Shapiro.  Continue reading

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