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N36 Faculty Article: Marc L. Busch on the China-US Relationship at the WTO

on Sat, 10/13/2012 - 07:59

China US Focus - Published October 1, 2012

From Ohio to Geneva: Did Reckless US Pandering Trigger Chinese Retaliation at the WTO?

"This case was sure to get attention. Recorded as the 450th dispute filed at the World Trade Organization (WTO), it pits the US against China over subsidies. It thus has the cast of characters, and the kind of plot, that make headlines in today's global economy. Yet the case, known as China—Certain Measures Affecting the Automobile and Automobile-Parts Industries, was seen as being more about domestic US politics than international commerce.

Vancity Entrepreneurs: Penyo Pal

on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 12:20

Vancity Buzz - Published September 28, 2012

Education and technology, aka “edutech,” is a hot topic these days. Edutech is everyday news around the world and also here on Vancity Entrepreneurs as we featured the Thinkific team just a few weeks ago. Next up to bat in the edutech space flourished from the same accelerator program as another past feature of ours, mobile marketplace app, Tradyo. Meet Penyo Pal, a kids education app with already over 30,000 downloads in 150 countries!

Young B.C. Entrepreneurs and Mentors Wanted

on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:24

Vancouver Sun - Published September 23, 2012

Jessica Fan is an outlier in the Canadian start-up scene.

Entrepreneurship: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

on Tue, 09/18/2012 - 11:49

Risk-taker, innovator, trailblazer, opportunist: many words could be used to describe an entrepreneur, but what exactly does entrepreneurship itself entail? The most basic description of an entrepreneur is someone who starts his or her own business, but the concept goes a lot deeper than that.

One frequently referenced definition comes from Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson: “Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” What this means, according to Dave Valliere, professor of entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, is

Students with Socially Sustainable Ventures Should Apply to Social Spark

on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 13:06


I recently spoke with an inaugural member of The Next 36, Canada’s entrepreneurial initiative, who launched a non-profit venture in Social Spark. He says The Next 36 was an eye-opening experience. It has allowed him to think of entrepreneurship in a way that is not just about disruption, innovation, and taking it away from the guy beside you.

“I walked away from the Next 36 program convinced that entrepreneurship is an attitude and one that can be practiced in nearly all walks of life,” said Social Spark co-founder Saksham Uppal.

10 back-to-school mobile apps for university students

on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 13:42

Many students are heading back to school with smartphones and tablets in their backpacks, and there's a host of free and low-cost apps out there that can make these gadgets even more useful for scholars who want to stay on top of their studies.

To sift through all these apps, CBC News spoke with three app developers who are students themselves and asked for their recommendations about software that can help people succeed in school:

  • Brennan McEachran is a fourth year commerce student at Ryerson University and is the CEO of Hit Send, a technology startup incubated in Ryerson's Digital Media

Taxi-hailing apps make whistling for a cab a thing of the past

on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 13:34

As another international player makes an entry to the virtual Canadian taxi stand, the market for apps that let you hail a limo or cab with a tap is starting to look a bit crowded.

San Francisco startup Uber Technologies Inc. forged the model for slick mobile applications to summon private cars in a flash and the premise has been picked up by many others and extended to regular taxis as well.

N36 Venture Row1Sports gets pitched on BNN's The Pitch

on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:38

The Next 36 Adds a Western Canadian Partner

on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 09:43


For the past several years, UBC has sought to develop a culture of entrepreneurship among its student population. Through initiatives like entrepreneurship@UBC, the Spark alumni branch, and the New Venture Design program, UBC has encouraged students to seek out the opportunities available for them through entrepreneurship.

Now entrepreneurial students at UBC will have another option: The Next 36. UBC will be announcing a partnershipbetween the two organizations in September.

Read more here

Entrepreneurship Lessons From Graham Weston

on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:06


"Entrepreneurship is all about learning: learning how to succeed with customers." That's the mantra of Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, the San Antonio, Tex.-based Web-hosting pioneer, in a rare Canadian appearance. "If you don't like to learn, an entrepreneurial organization is not for you."

Weston, who's related through his grandfather to the Weston clan of Loblaws fame, was in Toronto last week to address the graduating class of the Next 36, an entrepreneur-development program that exposes high-achieving university students to the no-frills thrills of business