Looks like some local students are getting the entrepreneurial bug and following Global Student Entrepreneur Champ Milun Tesovic's lead.
Student lead start-up Buyatab.com was highlighted on SFU News Online yesterday. Founded by third-year SFU Business student Matias Marquez and BCIT student Ross St. George, Buyatab.com let's you pick up the tab for your loved ones at a local restaurant.
The simple site allows you to search by location or restaurant name, choose a restaurant and value of the gift "tab". You then enter the name and email address of your recipient, choose a gift theme (there is still time to order Christmas-themed cards) and send you gift. The recipient prints the gift "card" and presents it at the restaurant where it's accepted as equivalent to cash.
Marquez and St. George researched the concept and discovered there was nothing similar for restaurants.
To date they have secured 34 participating restaurants including Monk McQueens, Lift Bar & Grill and Wild Rice in Vancouver, as well as restaurants in Whistler and White Rock. Future plans include expanding the site's reach across Canada and getting major chains such as The Keg, Milestones and Earls signed up.