December 2019

Hellen judging the 2019 Concept $5K semi-finals

The first time I served as a judge at the Velocity (now Concept) $5K semi-finals was winter 2019. As I observed presenters rehearing their pitches prior to the start of the event, I recall saying to myself that I was likely just as nervous as the presenters, if not more so. The other judges on the panel were all founders of their own start-ups, and I was petrified of having no feedback to provide or providing feedback that the presenters did not find helpful.

Raising Early Stage Capital

A primary consideration for most high school students contemplating post-secondary education is the name of the institution or program and the associated brand and post-graduation career opportunities. Reflecting on my four years in the math/CPA program, my recommendation to those students would be to also consider the supplementary learning opportunities because they will provide a more well-rounded university experience.

Student Venture Fund Haiku

Student Venture Fund

Graced by Feridun in class

Last year in review

Six new companies

Many thousands of dollars

What will he think now?

Industry events

Conferences and partnerships

What will he think now?

Cross-faculty work

David's road to Concept $5K

When I first entered AFM, I really had no idea what I wanted to get out of it. I’ve always been a poor long-term planner, so for first year, my goals were – find a job, do well in courses, and have a good time.

Day 6: Germany International study trip

Day 6 Munich. On the schedule was Deloitte, Target Partners, and a German venture capital firm. Finding Deloitte turned out to be one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced so far due to our lack of experience in navigating the underground station.

Day 5: Germany International study trip

Day 5 at 6:30AM and the team was bright and ready for our three breakfast presentations for the AFM 417 International Study Trip: Deutsche Bank, Moody's and PwC.

Day 4: Germany International study trip

Eight meetings are done, four more to go.
Today’s schedule for the AFM 417 International Study Trip: BMW and IBM Watson.