BCITSA Entrepreneurship, About Us

The BCIT Student Association is proud to offer entrepreneurship support to BCIT students and alumni.

Our programming was developed in response to student demand and our aim is to engage students and alumni in a culture of entrepreneurial thinking, learning, and development. Through our programs and services, we hope to inspire potential entrepreneurs, provide opportunities for exploration, and connect BCIT entrepreneurs to additional resources on and off campus.

Connect with us virtually, or come visit us at the Summit Centre – the home of entrepreneurship on campus!

SE14 (Library) Rooms 212 & 214
BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC

BCITSA Summit Centre

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Tania De Ridder

Tania De Ridder

Entrepreneurship Specialist

Connecting people, ideas, and resources drives me, and I am enthusiastic to support BCIT students and alumni through entrepreneurship development. With a background in broadcast journalism and human resources (learning & development),

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I strongly believe in the value of entrepreneurial education and training to empower individuals with the competencies and skills required to succeed as an entrepreneur. I look forward to working with you, whether you want to become an entrepreneur, or to develop an entrepreneurial mindset to create value in whatever position you are working in. My aim is to provide you with positive, engaging, and blended learning experiences in a student-centered joyful learning environment so that you can easily retain and apply what you learn and are able to accelerate your growth. I am a graduate of BCIT’s human resources diploma program and hold a bachelor’s degree in business communication (NWU).

tderidder@bcitsa.ca   |   604.432.8416   |   

Laura Barecca

Laura Barreca

Entrepreneurship Manager

With a background in social enterprise management and community economic development, I believe in the power of entrepreneurship to create change and impact lives. Prior to starting at the BCIT Student Association I worked with several

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start-up businesses and non-profits; doing everything from operations management to sales, and specializing in strategic growth and development. A graduate of UBC’s Sauder MBA program, I have experience with start-up accelerators and I am inspired by the many passionate entrepreneurs I have had the opportunity to meet. I am excited to work with BCIT students and alumni to help their businesses grow and succeed.

lbarreca@bcitsa.ca   |   604.456.1237   |   

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1-on-1 Appointments

Sign up for a quick 30-minute appointment and get guided through the appropriate programs and services available through BCITSA Entrepreneurship, BCIT, and the community.

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Startup Foundations

Attend a workshop on how to turn your idea into a business by developing a business model.

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Online Startup Training

Transform your idea into a validated business model using a state-of-the-art online training and reporting platform for startup incubation. Empowered Startups Platform (ESP) is used by universities, startup organizations, and research and development facilities around the world.



Get Guidance from an Experienced Entrepreneur or Expert.

Starting a business can be overwhelming! It’s important for new founders to have someone they can turn to for guidance. The BCITSA Entrepreneurship Mentorship program gives students and alumni an opportunity to connect with and learn from experienced entrepreneurs and business experts. Mentees meet with their mentors on a regular basis over a five-month period to get support to launch or grow their startups, set business goals, and work towards achieving them.

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Your Personal Sounding Board

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Do you need a mentor?

Our Mentorship program gives you the opportunity to be paired with an experienced founder or subject-matter expert.

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Interested in becoming a mentor?

Looking for a way to give back to the community? If you are an experienced entrepreneur or a subject-matter expert, consider applying to become a mentor in our program.


The Intrapreneur Edge

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1-on-1 Intrapreneurship Coaching

1-on-1 Intrapreneurship Coaching

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APEX Magazine

Our annual entrepreneurship magazine, featuring success stories of founders from the BCIT community.

Do you want to be featured in the next issue?
Reach out to entrepreneurship@bcitsa.ca for more details on how to become involved.



BCITSA Entrepreneurship hosts events throughout the academic year, bringing you access to entrepreneurs and subject-matter experts who are leaders in their fields.

Each event explores a different facet of entrepreneurship and features experts with a wide range of experience. You will hear directly from founders who have gone through the ups and downs of starting their own businesses as well as from industry experts sharing their knowledge about the startup world.

At all of our events you will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussion. Whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or just here to explore, there is something here for you!

Check out our event calendar to review upcoming topics.

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Contact Us

Looking for something in particular and don’t see it on our website?
Please contact us, we would love to help you on your journey to becoming an entrepreneur!


Entrepreneurship Specialist


Entrepreneurship Manager



SE14 (Library) Rooms 212 & 214,
BCIT Burnaby Campus,
3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC
Monday – Friday:   8:00 am – 4:00pm