As we promote youth and entrepreneurship, we are featuring entrepreneurial student leaders showcasing how each one has made an impact on their community across North America. In this blog, Dr. Yvonne Wang shares how she has made an impact in the entrepreneurial community in Edmonton.
Which current startup has caught your eye?
This year I’ve been really interested in Shopify and Wattpad. I have a keen interest in social, mobile, and internet-based startups, so I’m naturally interested in what both of these companies are doing. I think they both have fantastic business models with tremendous potential, not to mention it’s always great to watch as Canadian startups flourish. I’ve also been following Big Viking Games quite closely. We had co-founder Albert Lai speak at one of our club events, and he was such an interesting guy and very much an inspiration. They seem to have a great culture there and are another Canadian startup with a ton of potential so I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next.
Which startup city would you want to work in? Why?
Right now I would like to work in Toronto, primarily because I love the city and feel that the startup community is vibrant there and has a lot of potential to grow in the coming years. I would love to work in NYC or San Francisco someday as well, but am currently interested in growing my network in Toronto as I’ve already met some really fantastic entrepreneurs there.
As Co-President of the Tech Comm Club, what impact have you had on the entrepreneurship community at your school?
We’ve had a number of exciting events and initiatives this year with the Ivey Entreprepneurship Club. We created a Facebook page and group where students can chat about all things related to entrepreneurship, and have seen a lot of interaction on the page, which has been great in terms of promoting a sense of community and collaboration. We have had guest speaker panels, brainstorming sessions, networking dinners with successful entrepreneurs, as well as a number of collaborative events with other entrepreneurial foundations like BizInc and Tech Alliance here in London, including a trip to Communitech in Waterloo. We also had a trip to Cyberposium at Harvard Business School and continue to promote various start-up business plan competitions and other entrepreneurial events regularly.
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