Entrepreneurship Panel

**Update** We are pleased to say we have finally been able to reschedule the event! It will now be held on March 7th in Buchanan A102 from 6 - 8 pm. We are so excited to finally have this event happening and we hope you are too! We are pleased to be joined for the rescheduled Entrepreneurship Panel by Andy Nguyen, Paulina Lipska, and Tina Lum. Thank you all for the support!

P.S. Don't forget to RSVP!

**Update**

As you may know, the event had to be postponed due to the weather conditions. Please keep an eye out for the new date!

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Wanting to become an entrepreneur? Or maybe you just have questions regarding the topic?

All will be answered at YWiB's Entrepreneurship Panel! It will be happening this Wednesday, January 18th at 6 pm in Woodwards 1.

We are very excited to have five panelists this year who are distinguished local entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors! Panelists include:

Nikolas Laufer-Edel

Nikolas Laufer-Edel started his first business in elementary school running birthday parties for neighbourhood children and has been brining ideas to life ever since. Fascinated by technology Nikolas launched his own consulting business after graduating from the Sauder School of Business where he acted as an intrepreneur for clients; ranging from developing a high-end ecommerce patform to designing an online banking system.
Recently Nikolas has joined Matygo, a web startup that's building the future of online classes, where he leads product design and marketing.
As a student Nikolas co-founded the largest business case competition in Western Canada, JDC West. While auditing the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Victoria Nikolas wrote the winning business plan for the venture-backed sports team management company TeamPages.
Actively pursing an interest in communications has led Nikolas to working as the presentation specialist for TEDxVancouver, teaching presentations design workshops at UBC, and coaching students for case competitions.
Nikolas can be reached online at www.nik.ca and @nikdotca.

 

Paulina Lipska

Paulina graduated from the Sauder School of Business at UBC in December 2009, majoring in Finance and Accounting. In 2008, she was a Founding Director of Young Women in Business (YWiB) and has since remained the organization’s President. YWiB is a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Western Canada. The network acts as the central forum to connect ambitious young women from a variety of careers, industries, and backgrounds.

Paulina is currently part of the Minerva Leadership Committee and chairs the Internship Committee. In her role with Minerva she assisted in a financial review of the operations and designed an internal internship program.

By day, she works at KPMG Vancouver, focused on Industrial Markets clients, and is in her last months of completing her Chartered Accountant designation. In 2010, Paulina was the award recipient of the National Leadership Award from KPMG for her significant community contributions.

Her Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to create a support network that allows every young woman to identify her passion and values and help her apply her skills and knowledge to bettering the communities around her.

Debra Lykkemark

President and Founder of Culinary Capers, Debra Lykkemark oversees a high energy staff who share a passion for fine food. In Debra's own words, "Our goal is to provide the best cuisine, service and décor to all our customers. We are dedicated to producing delicious food accompanied with personal service".

Debra served on the International Caterers Association Executive Board from 1997 to 2005, including two years as President. As President of the ICA, she completely revamped the Washington office and left the organization in a strong financial position at the end of her term. Debra has been a highly regarded and frequent featured speaker at the top special event conferences throughout North America, including the Special Event, Event Solutions, Catersource, NACE and the ICA. She is active in Les Dames d'Escoffier, the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the International Special Events Society and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Her local speaking engagements include business and women's groups and guest appearances before students in hospitality and culinary programs.

She was selected as the 2004 Consumer's Choice Vancouver Business Woman of the Year. In 2005, Debra was the recipient of an Influential Woman in Business Award presented by Business in Vancouver. She has been featured as one of Canada's top 100 women business owners by Profit magazine and Culinary Capers was ranked 21st in the 2011 edition. Debra was invited to join the organizing committee of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala from 2007 through 2011 and was instrumental in helping to raise a record breaking amount of funds for cancer research.

Tina Lum

She graduated from the UBC Commerce Majored in Transportation and Logistics 2009.

After graduation, she started at Pepsi Bottling Group in their Management Trainee Program.Within six months, she resigned and started a seafood import/export company in 2009.  In their first year they grew the company to over $1.3 million in sales.

In April 2010, she co-founded RentGeek.com a personalized apartment site.  Recently, they raised over $150,000 in seed funding from angel investors.

Andy Nguyen

Andy Nguyen is a Sauder School of Business alumnus and is the co-founder of Corporate Champions Vancouver.Andy graduated with honours from UBC with a double major in Logistics and Marketing. In his spare time he loves to follow the tech industry, play soccer player and cycle. His five year plan includes completing an Olympic distance triathlon and spreading the Corporate Champions Vancouver concept across Canada.

What an impressive panel!

The cost for the event is as follows:

FREE for members

$5 for non-members

$15 to become a member for the rest of the term, granting you access to all of our upcoming programs and events (including this one!)

**If you will be paying for admission or membership, please select the 'Non-Member' ticket when you RSVP on Eventbrite, and be sure to bring your money to pay at the door.**

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