Michael Volker is an Entrepreneur active in the development of new high technology ventures. A University of Waterloo Engineering grad, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and then decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies. Most recently, he was the director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office. Now he is CEO of SF Univentures Corp. Check out his latest two projects: Greenangel Energy Corp, [GAE.V] a public company that invests in green technologies and WUTIF – the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund – an “angel” fund for start-ups. To further encourage tech entrepreneurship, Mike runs the Vancouver Angel Network, VANTEC and he’s also quite active with New Ventures BC – an annual business competition. Mike was also chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum for several years.
Business Basics is a series of notes prepared by Mike on business matters relating to technology companies. A guide for writing a Business Plan is featured. Mike has taught courses on entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Recently, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CERT in Abu Dhabi, the commercialization arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.