Internet start-up an early winner for SFU student and colleagues
VANCOUVER — Last month it was Silicon Valley, next week it’s New York and after that – the world?
Penyo Pal, a mobile app project by a group of Canadian university students including Jessica Fan of Simon Fraser University, is one of the leading entries in a national program called The Next 36 that’s helping to develop the business skills of 36 ambitious young student-entrepreneurs.
In June the Penyo Pal quartet was one of eight start-ups from across North America, and the only one selected from The Next 36, invited to present its app — a mobile game teaching users to speak Mandarin — at a Microsoft event in the San Francisco Bay area technology hub. They were named best Phase 1 start-up at the event.
Next week Penyo Pal is one of four Next 36 teams invited to participate in an event sponsored by the Canadian Consulate in New York where early stage businesses from this country will connect with American investors and venture capitalists