As venture start director, Wen Teoh will lead the strategic development and management of business incubators for the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre). It’s a role the UWindsor business grad (MBA 2012) relishes.
“I am excited to join EPICentre, and be part of a team that will directly contribute to the success of young entrepreneurs in the region,” she says, after taking up the position November 17.
EPICentre is a joint initiative of the Odette School of Business and the Office of Research and Innovation Services to support the education, awareness and development of entrepreneurial activities on campus.
Its incubator projects include EPIC Innovation in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, the Industrial Courtyard in the Centre for Engineering Innovation, and Bio-Tech Courtyard.
Teoh will also be the main point of contact for student venture start-ups and industry interested in renting space within EPICentre, government funding agencies, and other stakeholders supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the Windsor-Essex region.
Teoh’s education, experience and knowledge of international entrepreneurship will be instrumental to the success of youth entrepreneurs in our region, says Heather Pratt, the executive director research and innovation from the Office of Research and Innovation Services.
During her career, Teoh has co-founded an international gas distribution company in Malaysia and started up and sold a cylinder distribution company in the United States. Since completing her MBA, she has since received certifications in the Lean Start-up Method and incubator management from the National Business Incubation Association.
“We are very excited to have Wen leading the EPICentre incubation space development, she will be instrumental in working with our youth ventures to attract them to the EPIC Innovation incubation space that is located on the second floor of the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre,” Pratt says. “We look forward to having the space occupied with bright young entrepreneurs. Wen’s role is key to enabling their success.”
More information about EPICentre is available at www.epicentreuwindsor.ca.