Michael Cheng

Michael is the founder of Lumen5, Sniply, WittyCookie, TEDxSFU, Beta Collective, and QC Productions.
Michael has been featured on Maclean’s Magazine as one of Canada’s Future Leaders, on BCBusiness Magazine as one of Top 30 Under 30, and on 24 Hours Daily as one of Top 24 Under 24. He also earned the title of SFU Entrepreneur of the Year and received awards including the Next 36 Satchu Prize, Coast Capital Venture Prize, and Surrey Business Excellence Award.
As a thought leader in entrepreneurship, Michael has been a keynote speaker for organizations such as the United Nations Association of Canada as well as the Thiel Fellowship. He has also been a judge of the Enactus Student Entrepreneur National Competition and the SFU Entrepreneur of the Year Annual Competition.


Video Creation Software

Lumen5 is a video creation platform designed for brands and businesses to produce video content for driving audience engagements online. The platform is designed to allow anyone without training or experience to easily create engaging videos within minutes.

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Annual Innovation Conference

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDxSFU was named one of the greatest TEDx events of 2012 by TED's content director, Kelly Stoetzel.


Online Marketing Software

Sniply lets you add a custom call-to-action to every link you share, thus allowing businesses to generate conversions through content curation. This creates a tangible return on investment from every piece of shared content across a variety of social media channels.

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Corporate Video Production

QC Productions is a multimedia production studio specializing in professional videography and photography services. From online promotional videos to televised commercials, filming your next event and capturing the greatest moments, QC Productions is here to tell your story.

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Web Development Agency

WittyCookie is an award-winning digital agency that offers a subscription payment model rather than charging a lump sum. Service plans start at just $19/month, all-inclusive with web design, web hosting, email setup, ongoing maintenance, and unlimited updates.

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Coworking Space Rental

Beta Collective is a cozy, casual coworking space located in the heart of downtown Surrey. We provide flexible month-to-month desk and office rentals in a unique, industrial timber loft space professionally designed to accommodate a number of different working styles and preferences.

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Speaking Engagements

The Global Citizens Gala

United Nations Association

The evening pays tribute to Nadir Mohamed not only for his accomplishments as leader of one of Canada’s most innovative and successful companies, but for his personal dedication to developing the next generation of Canadian talent.

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Startup School

Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute

Startup School is practical education to complete the entrepreneur’s toolkit. Each semester, students and founders alike can take advantage of the 13 different, free modules that encompass cornerstone topics curated to accelerate startup’s growth.

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Opportunity Agenda for B.C.

Vancouver Board of Trade

Discussions around looming labour market shortages and the urgent need to increase innovation and productivity as well as University contributions in securing B.C.'s economic future through transformative education and cutting-edge research.

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Spark Lab

Social Spark

Spark Lab is a youth leadership program for Grade Twelve students from at-risk Toronto communities. The program takes 30 students and provides them 15 bi-weekly sessions throughout the academic school year to teach them about building social ventures.

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Canada's First Thiel Event

Thiel Fellowship

The Thiel Fellowship (originally named 20 under 20) is a fellowship created by Peter Thiel through the Thiel Foundation. The fellowship is intended for students under the age of 20 and offers them resources to drop out of school and pursue other work.

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Made in SFU

Simon Fraser University

Made in SFU is a series of talks by creative and enterprising students from SFU. The event features speakers who have done extraordinary projects, lead creative enterprises, and have contributed significantly to the SFU community.

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Top 30 Under 30

BCBusiness Magazine

30 Under 30 celebrates B.C.'s young guns who excel in their respective industries, give back to their community and planet and who will lead business in this province for years to come. Each year, 30 winners are featured in the BCBusiness magazine.

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Future Leaders of Canada

Maclean's Magazine

Chosen by Maclean's Magazine for their annual round-up of the ones to watch. From nanoscience to app design, sports to politics, Maclean's special issue showcases 16 outstanding Canadians.

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The Reza Satchu Prize

The Next 36

The Satchu Prize is awarded each year in recognition of outstanding performance and a demonstrated potential to lead Canada’s next generation of high impact entrepreneurs. It is named after Reza Satchu, Founding Chair of The Next 36.

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Top 25 Under 25

Surrey Board of Trade

Awarded by the Surrey Board of Trade to business and community minded leaders under the age of 25, chosen based upon an analysis of business achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, and professional achievements.

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Entrepreneur of the Year


Annual competition held by Enactus SFU with a judging panel comprised of highly recognized individuals in the local business community making its choice based on a number of evaluation criteria.

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Business Excellence

Surrey Board of Trade

Assessed competencies for winning the award are organizational profile, leadership, strategy development and planning, customer focus and market knowledge, employee learning, overall business performance, and community involvement.

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Top 24 Under 24

24 Hours Daily

24 Hours features Metro Vancouver's best and brightest young people for their annual feature — Top 24 Under 24 — profiling aspiring entrepreneurs, amazing athletes, clever innovators or anyone else making big strides in the world.

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Outstanding Venture Award

The Next 36

The Outstanding Venture Award is presented each year to the venture that made the most progress while demonstrating the highest potential to become a high impact venture.

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Coast Capital Venture Prize

Coast Capital Credit Union

The Coast Capital Venture Prize is an award that recognizes excellence in business development through a competitive process that judges two core attributes of the finalists: the concept itself and the founders' ability to execute.

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Leadership and Entrepreneurship

University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus.

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Interactive Arts and Technology

Simon Fraser University

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

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International Baccalaureate

Port Moody Secondary

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate is an educational foundation offering programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

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11 startups and counting for 23-year-old Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng has accomplished a lot in his 23 years. He was named 2012 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Surrey Board of Trade and created his first startup at age 16...

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Canada’s future leaders under 25 — Our annual round-up

Cheng arrived in B.C. at age 7 from Hong Kong. His parents, he says, “sacrificed everything—career, language, family”—so he could avoid China’s “rigid, robotic” learning. The move to B.C. pushed...

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Michael Cheng Launches Platform for Discovering Music

Michael Cheng couldn’t sit still for long after graduating Toronto’s The Next 36 program and launching a startup called NeedleHR. He’s already launched around a dozen different companie...

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Are incubators relevant to all startups?

Mr. Cheng’s Toronto-based startup, Snip.ly, was hardly a month old when he applied to the Silicon Valley accelerator earlier this year and famously posted his application online...

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Top 24 Under 24: Michael Cheng the Web Entrepreneur

Over the past decade, Internet entrepreneur Michael Cheng has launched nearly a dozen online companies. In showing great promise from such a young age, the 24-year-old has been acclaimed as one of...

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How The N36’s Needle HR is Changing the Creative Industry

Skip ahead to Wednesday night as Michael Cheng, Sean Kim and Christopher Bowal of Needle HR stood on stage as one of seven finalists at the “Student Startup Challenge” by...

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After generating $12 in revenue, startup faced a difficult decision

Mr. Gutzmann, an electrical engineering student from the University of Calgary, met Michael Cheng and Christopher Bowal in 2013 during their time at The Next 36, an entrepreneurship program...

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Top 30 Under 30: Michael Cheng the Company Builder

Calling Michael Cheng a serial entrepreneur hardly does him justice. The 24-year-old, who splits his time between Vancouver and Toronto, has founded 21 companies since the age of 13...

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Vancouver Entrepreneurs Launch Covr

Meet Michael Cheng, the co-founder of recently launched Covr – the YouTube for cover songs. In their first month, they have generated over 100,000 cover views across North America, Sweden...

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