Meet This University's Entrepreneur of the Year and His Successful Startup

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Matias Marquez is Simon Fraser University's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011.

SFU's fourth annual award honoured Matias for founding Buyatab.com, a company that provides digital gift card processing software that can be embedded in websites. The internet startup already has clients across North America, including Milestones and Boston Pizza.

Buyatab was founded in late 2009  by Matias Marquez, then a third-year business student at SFU, and BCIT student Ross St. George.

Arvand Alviri, whose startup VenueWize launches next week, earned runner-up honours. VenueWize is a web and mobile app for event organizers who want real-time metrics on the performance of their events.

Other notable entrepreneurs to come from SFU include Arash Afrooze, who co-founded HiretheWorld, which was recognized by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s top 20 young entrepreneurs, and Milun Tesovic, a Global Student Entrepreneur Champion, who recently sold his startup MetroLyrics to CBS for millions.

Company:
CBS Interactive - Metrolyrics
Website:
http://www.metrolyrics.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

MetroLyrics is the premiere destination for song lyrics online, with a legal database of over 700,000 titles. MetroLyrics is the most popular lyrics website worldwide, boasting the most comprehensive database of legal lyrics in the world with over 700,000 titles. With a best-in-class design and first-to-market social media sharing features, MetroLyrics is the web's premiere lyrics site. more

Company:
VenueWize
Website:
http://www.venuewize.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

VenueWize is a web and mobile based application that lets event organizers collaborate on events, track guest value, access live guest information and stay green. It combines a CRM system, a guest list management system and a ticketing system, seamlessly, into one product. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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