Special Projects

Special Projects Fund

Do you aspire to create a meaningful project that contributes to the undergraduate experience? The Commerce Undergraduate Society is eager to hear your ideas.

The Special Projects Fund is designated towards the support of student-led innovation, whether in the form of a new student service, event, or other initiative. By receiving Society sponsorship and monetary funding, student ventures unlock access to a wealth of resources for operational success and development. From Corporate Relations to Marketing and Logistics, the Commerce Undergraduate Society hopes to provide the resources necessary to help passionate students generate value for the Sauder community.

Starting in 2017, the SPF proposal process has been combined with the Sauder Undergraduate Office BCom funding process. To apply for both SPF and UGO funding, please follow these instructions. All funding requests will be reviewed during a designated period of time, per academic term.

If you have any questions, please contact the Administrative Director, Natalie Yu at natalie.yu@cus.ca.

Past Funded Projects:

Sauder Summit
The Sauder Summit is a six-day case competition comprising of two 5-hour cases, one 24-hour case, and several industry presentations from executive leaders. Twelve of the world’s most prestigious business schools are invited to attend, as a global competition spanning five continents and multiple nations including Denmark, China, Brazil, U.S., New Zealand, Egypt, and many more. The competition prides itself on the facilitation of a lifelong network of international connections. The authentic business situations provided present a challenge — a peak for participants to reach.

UBC Consulting Club – Strategy Consulting Initiative (SCI)
The Strategy Consulting Initiative is a unique opportunity for Undergrad, ECM and MBA students to provide consulting services to local businesses and charities. Teams consisting of five members will be assigned to a company to analyze their business issues and make recommendations. Students will be mentored and trained by an industry professional from top strategy firms as they prepare a final proposal for the business. This program will benefit students who are interested in the consulting industry and are looking to gain valuable ‘real-world’ experience.

National Investment Banking Competition & Conference (NIBC)
The National Investment Banking Competition & Conference brings together students from 73 universities and 150 professionals in an annual Case Competition and Conference, which run parallel to each other. In 2014, the Competition attracted over 250 competing teams comprised of 947 Undergraduate and Graduate students from top schools across North America with the finalists competing in the Final Round in January 2014 in front of over 300 students and 150 professionals attending the Conference. With the generous contribution and participation of investment banks, private equity and asset management firms as well as law firms, accounting firms and listed corporations, NIBC offers one of the most significant opportunities for students in North America to learn about investment banking.

Sauder Business Review
The Sauder Business Review aims to generate and share original analysis and ideas of relevance to current and future business leaders by making use of the collective talents of the entire Sauder community. Its mission is to foster a culture of intellectual debate and critical thought that is essential to our continued reputation for thought leadership and influence in the world of business. It is focused upon a bi-annual publication that features articles on all aspects related to business, authored by the UBC students and alumni.

Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition (PVCC)
The Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition is a national stage designed for undergraduate and MBA students to present business ideas and financial valuations to an audience of entrepreneurial leaders, senior venture capitalists, and top industry professionals across North America. The conference features a comprehensive suite of keynote and workshop speakers for delegates to choose from, with topics ranging from private equity, venture capital, legal considerations, and industry trends in addition to a live simulation. Students can build connections at their career fair, be inspired by well-acclaimed founders and venture capitalists, and broaden their understanding of what it takes to build or invest in the next big company.

Party Well UBC
The Party Well organization is led by students with strong passions for partying and philanthropy. By combining these two elements, they are uniquely positioned to create memorable experiences in support of water projects in developing countries. With the belief that “the only thing better than a good party is a good party for a great cause”, the non-profit organization aims to inspire positive actions among UBC students.

UBC Social Enterprise Club (SEC) – UBC Social Enterprise Conference
The UBC Social Enterprise Club (SEC) is proud to host UBC’s first annual Social Enterprise Conference this year. Under the theme “The Missing Piece”, the conference will highlight the potential of social enterprise and innovation to solve the world’s most massive problems and progress humanity. Delegates will gain insight into the experiences of entrepreneurs creating change on a local and global scale. Their aim is to educate students about all aspects of Social Enterprise, engage students in active examples of Social Enterprise, and connect students to Social Enterprise organizations and professionals and other passionate students, locally and internationally.

ARC Initiative – Palaworba Project
The Arc Initiative seeks to challenge conventional approaches to aid. This is not a “lets save Africa” project. It is a unique partnership of business leaders, faculty, young professionals and students. Each participant has a diverse story to tell, yet they all share a passion about connecting to global communities through the sharing of knowledge. By collaboratively identifying the strengths and needs of our business partners, The Arc Initiative intends to create genuine and sustainable relationships. Through this, the Initiative’s ultimate goal is to leave communities with entrepreneurial and leadership skills while taking away ever-lasting learning experiences.

Social Entrepreneurship 101
The Sauder School of Business has been developing programs in Nairobi, Kenya since 2006. The main program, Social Entrepreneurship 101 (SE101), is a three-week course where students from UBC and Strathmore University(Nairobi) teach young people how to write business plans. Participants are mentored, sources of funding for the projects are identified, and businesses have been launched as a result of the program. Learn about the 2009 project, and read more about the overall initiative.

Terry Global Speaker Series – Dambisa Moyo
The Terry Project showcases two to three high profile speakers per year at no cost to student attendees. Where possible, they also will match speaker interests with pertinent groups on campus. This allows the project to accomplish it’s goals of increasing general awareness and facilitating thoughtful outreach to the UBC community.

Pacific Northwest Economic Conference
The Pacific Northwest Economic Conference is a student-led initiative in response to the escalating global competition for investments faced by North American cities, and the fact that the Pacific Northwest will face rapid population growth and economic development. The conference hopes to prepare delegates to evaluate the region’s position of strength in stimulating and sustaining our economic development, while outlining potential areas of collaborative opportunities.

Beyond P!nk
The Beyond P!nk business conference is annually hosted by the Vancouver chapter of Young Women in Business (YWiB). Run for young women, by young women, YWIB is a central forum connecting ambitious young women across all educational fields, careers, and industries. Beyond P!nk invites delegates looking for inspiration and guidance to “think beyond today, this week, this month, and this year”, while providing the support, skills, and networking opportunities for women to achieve success on their own terms.