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June 2013

Donovan Woollard joins the RADIUS team!

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Donovan Woollard (right), new Director of RADIUS Ventures with Shawn Smith, co-founder of RADIUS.

Donovan Woollard (right), new Director of RADIUS Ventures with Shawn Smith, co-founder of RADIUS.

Donovan Woollard has officially joined our team of Radical Doers as the new Director of RADIUS Ventures!

Donovan’s career in business development spans the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, and includes senior management and leadership roles with:

As Director, Donovan will be responsible for refining and delivering the various services that RADIUS Ventures offers to entrepreneurs and ventures in the impact space.

Donovan is thrilled to be joining RADIUS at such an exciting time: “As someone who has dedicated his entire career to building ventures that promote environmental and social well-being, joining the RADIUS team is a fantastic opportunity, providing exposure to world-beating new ventures, thought leadership, and amazing talent,” he said. “The Vancouver social venture space just got a lot more exciting, and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Donovan’s responsibilities will also involve identifying talent from SFU and beyond, and working to ensure that the ventures RADIUS works with are prepared for investment.

“Donovan brings a unique background helping many impactful companies and projects navigate the very challenges that the teams we work with will face,” said Shawn Smith, adjunct professor at the Beedie School of Business and co-founder of RADIUS. “It’s hard to imagine a better fit as we set out to help BC’s social venture ecosystem further establish itself among the best in the world, and explore ways we can contribute to impact investing nationally and internationally.”

Welcome to the team Donovan!

SFU Social Venture Accelerator Pitch Night

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After seven weeks of intensive work and coaching, last night six teams of young entrepreneurs stood in front of a packed event hall to make their final pitches. After careful deliberation the distinguished panel of judges selected three teams to win grants to carry the ideas forward through the next phase of research and testing. Congratulations to the winners!

First place and a $3,000 start up grant was won by EnableLife, a team consisting of Xinyan Chen, Ovidiu Durbalau, Aamir Sheriff, Samuel Chan & Farhan Patel. Their vision is to create an online community for people with disabilities to share tips and tricks for easier living.

The competition was so strong that two teams tied for second place, each winning a $1,500 start up grant. Daycarepedia is working to create an online resource to help parents easily find, select and rate daycares in their neighbourhood. This team consists of Lynn Shinto, Mark O’Connor and Kelvin Chen. Mark Wijaya, Timofey Zhirenkin & Bo Lin started ReFilamer and won second place for their efforts to develop an affordable modular desktop recycling device that recycles your 3D printed waste into reusable, high quality filaments.

Other venture ideas ranged from a running app by Trekr to a personal accelerator for high school students by Edulocity and a women empowerment program by The Possible Studio. Huge congratulations to these teams for all their hard work in completing the program.

A big shout out to the RADIUS team, SFU Beedie, the panel of judges & mentors and to Vancity for their financial contribution. The Social Venture Accelerator would not have been a huge success without all of your support!