New prospects to look forward to.

No, not referring to men. Sorry.

SInce that aspect of my life is pretty bleak, there are, however, a few things that have been a brewing in the past month or so that I have been anxiously and excitedly looking forward to announce. First of all, I made the Western Regionals for the Enterprize Canada Business Plan Competition.  I’m pretty stoked for this.  Ever since the SFU SEY competition I was in last November, I have been looking forward to any opportunities that would let me compete again.  I submitted my business plan and looks like I’ll be competing at UBC on Friday. UBC friends, feel free to holler at me that day/keep me company/cheer me on. Super excited.

I’m also really looking forward to the XY Boom Conference next week. As I have recently completed my undergrad and am desperately looking for a job, this conference is perfect.  It honestly couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Really looking forward to the speakers, new peers to meet, and professionals to network with.

On a similar note, I did hear back from the one and only job posting in my field. Hurray! Hopefully I am well-suited for it and I nail the interview. We shall see…

2012 sure is looking good so far.


SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

I feel like I’m so behind on blogging! I thought I would have more time to do stuff, but nope, definitely not the case. Just one more week of this mayhem til…freedom! YES.
SFU SEY final roundPhoto credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.

So I was stuck at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel for 13.5 hours last Saturday for the 2011 SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition. I actually heard about the competition last year while I was interning at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. My former boss’ boyfriend was actually the 2008 winner of the competition and I thought to myself, “Gosh, I really gotta do this competition”. Last year, I knew I wasn’t ready so this year I was confident enough to apply. I managed to succeed through the preliminary rounds and secured a spot in the Top 10 as a semi-finalist for my cupcake venture, Dolce Delights.
SFU SEYPhoto credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.

As Tyra Banks would say, the competition was fierce. There was a good array of businesses that emerged from recent graduates and students just like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to finals but honestly, I’m kind of glad I didn’t. The judges were ruthless yet informative. I don’t think I recognized any of the “business” terminology they were using. I probably would have started crying. But all in all, a well-put together event! I was glad to represent all the ladies (the only female contender… really!? Girls need to step it up!!) and the Arts. Also received some very good feedback from the semi-finalist judges which I believe will help me succeed.
Dolce DelightsHonestly, I’m a little sad that it’s over. It was definitely a great experience. Learned a lot about business in general and my business itself. Also met some really inspiring individuals and made new connections. I would definitely do it over again if I could.


LIGHTS!

This post is largely overdue. But since the SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year is finally over (separate post on that later), I actually have a lot some time nowadays to start blogging again! Yay.

Okay, so one of my favourite artists, LIGHTS, came into town last week.  She performed last Tuesday at the Vogue Theatre. Interesting venue. It was my first time there and I honestly much prefer the Commodore, where she performed last time she was here (that show was 19+). I don’t know; there’s just something about seated arrangements in small theatres. It just doesn’t work. The only plus was that anywhere you sat, you were guaranteed an awesome view. And also we got to sit through her opening act (I don’t even remember the name… Nightbox?) whom I didn’t like.
Me and CarolineAnyways, I was absolutely ecstatic when LIGHTS came on. She’s amazing live — so intimate, soothing voice, and well, she’s a total babe. She opened the concert with her song, “Banner”, and continued on with the show highlighting most of her songs on her new album, Siberia. When she performed “Flux and Flow”, I was completely caught off-guard when guest rapper, Shad, jumped on stage! AMAZING. And you know what that means… yep, he even stuck around for one of my fave songs, “Everybody Breaks a Glass”. So unexpected. Stellar performance. I was just disappointed that her set was actually pretty short. I think it was like, an hour and 15 minutes? She didn’t perform “Peace Sign”, “Fourth Dimension”, or “Cactus in the Valley” which I was looking forward to… or even “Drive My Soul!”. Darn. S’all good though. It was a good break from all the stress I was having last week!
LIGHTS at Vogue Theatre
LIGHTS at Vogue Theatre
LIGHTS at Vogue Theatre


Tomorrow…

…is the big day! Competing in my first ever business competition, SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year,  for Dolce Delights. Holy crap. Let’s do this.