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A business podcast featuring guests with entrepreneurial stories that connect BC businesses with the UCW community. Through bi-weekly episodes, our students gain exposure to the Canadian entrepreneurial scene and local businesses learn about how other companies stay agile and innovative during COVID-19.

Episode 2 - September 15, 2020

The International Founder Experience

Hermann Fink, CEO at Niki, shares with us how international students can benefit from his business model and guides us from ideation to execution and user experience. Funding, how to be unique, international investment, and the advantages of having co-founders are some of the topics we covered in this week's discussion. Join to listen to this exciting testimonial from one of our UCW Entrepreneurs.

Episode 1 - September 1, 2020

The Science Behind Personalisation

LimeSpot, an online AI plug-in is responsible for a big part of your shopping experience. Its CPO and Executive Chairman, Aidin Tavakkol, shares with us his entrepreneurial journey and the ripple effect of COVID-19 in the ecommerce industry. 

About the Hosts

Dr Gelareh Farhadian

Dr. Gelareh Farhadian brings extensive industry experience in Management Consulting in HR Development, Corporate Strategy, Organizational and Leadership Development, Start-ups Development, as well as Corporate Culture in Venture Capitals, Banks, High-Tech companies, Oil and Gas, Mining and Construction. Her global work experiences include Middle Eastern countries, Venezuela, Russia, Estonia and Scandinavian countries. She has seven years’ teaching experience at Master and a Doctorate level and as a research assistant at SFU in Human Resource Management. Dr. Farhadian holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (2011) and Master of Research in Business (2009) from Bordeaux IV University in France; a Master in Information Technology Management (2008) from Industrial Management Institute (Tehran), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (1999). Her interests are in start-ups, innovation management, e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

Dave Keighron

Dave Keighron is an E-Commerce Business Strategist with 15+ years of professional e-commerce, retail and hospitality management experience. He's worked with large organizations as well as small to medium start-ups to create and launch successful, thriving business models. Over the last 6+ years, he narrowed his focus to the E-Business/E-Commerce space where he had the opportunity to launch a national wellness brand and restructure the entire operations and functions for 25 e-commerce stores.

He launched a management consulting business in 2016 where he had the opportunity to work with many small to medium enterprises to help them with restructuring their organisations to capture additional value. 

Currently, Dave teaches at UCW and is the Head of Innovation and creative mind behind UCW's new technological pivoting with initiatives such as Innovation-as-a-Service, new Master degrees and the Internship/capstone program.  

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