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Triumf Rewards on BNN's The Pitch

on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 15:36

Blog by N36 Candidate Jane Wu - Stories Of Womenspiration

on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 09:59

Let’s get the elephant out of the room – this is not a typical entrepreneurial story. My journey with Penyo Pal began last fall when I walked into a room of three strangers and was given seed money to start a venture.

What might sound like a social experiment was actually the Next 36, an innovative business incubator that focuses on creating solid, diverse teams. Surprisingly there was no awkward “first date” feel to the team and the four of us, all recent grads with the same appetite for risk, decided to satiate those startup dreams we all held so dear.

Fast forward through late nights of

CBC Metro News interview with N36 Candidate Konrad and Mentor, John Kelleher

on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 15:07

Great interview with candidate Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski and mentor John Kelleher on CBC Metro Morning News

How to sing for your supper

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 10:44


From venture fairs and angel networks to startup showcases and demo camps, today’s technology entrepreneurs all learn one crucial lesson: If you can’t compellingly and concisely explain what your business does, and why you’re convinced it will succeed, you won’t be in that business very long.

And now this reckoning is spreading from the tech world to other industries. It’s partly the Dragon’s Den effect, but it also relates to the increased specialization of businesses today.

Beedie entrepreneur marks launch of social venture with award

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 09:28

A Beedie School of Business alumna has parlayed an initial $30,000 advance from a prestigious entrepreneurial leadership program into a new business venture – and has subsequently seen the business voted best launch product at a renowned education conference.

Jessica Fan’s business Penyo Pal, an app that teaches children to speak Mandarin, beat off stiff competition from 31 other entrants to be named Best Overall 1.0 Startup at the Launch EDU conference.

The two-day, education-focused conference was held at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, California from 12-13 June.

Internet start-up an early winner for SFU student and colleagues

on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 10:37

VANCOUVER — Last month it was Silicon Valley, next week it’s New York and after that – the world?

Penyo Pal, a mobile app project by a group of Canadian university students including Jessica Fan of Simon Fraser University, is one of the leading entries in a national program called The Next 36 that’s helping to develop the business skills of 36 ambitious young student-entrepreneurs.

In June the Penyo Pal quartet was one of eight start-ups from across North America, and the only one selected from The Next 36, invited to present its app — a mobile game teaching users to speak Mandarin — at a

The Next 36 Searching for its 2013 Cohort of Canada's Top Young Entrepreneurs

on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 13:38

TORONTO, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - A program designed for Canada's most outstanding young entrepreneurs has launched its annual search for the country's next great business builders.  The Next 36, championed by Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais Sr., Jimmy Pattison and many others, is now accepting applications for its 2013 cohort.  Interested undergraduates have until October 25th to submit their application and win a place in the country's most innovative, selective and demanding entrepreneurial leadership program.

The Next 36 is being described in the media as "the most intense, hot-house effort to

Toronto’s Penyo Pal Launches at Microsoft in Silicon Valley

on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 14:20

It’s always great to see Canadian companies make a splash in Silicon Valley and it’s a double whammy for me when there’s a Calgarian involved in the team.

Founded by Jane Wu, Jessica Fan, Rafal Dittwald and Ryan Wagner this year, Penyo Pal is a platform that creates engaging learning experiences for kids and kids at heart—the founders call it “edu-play-tion."

Penyo Pal was one of eight stealth startups, selected from over 300, and the only Canadian startup that was given the opportunity to launch onstage at Microsoft in Mountain View last month.

An entrepreneur in the making (N36 Alum Parvinder Sachdeva)

on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:00

Great piece on N36 Alum Parvinder Sachdeva. Read more here

PenyoPal News

on Thu, 06/28/2012 - 13:41

Check out these pieces on N36 app PenyoPal (PenyoPal start at min 24)