UBC Sauder Future Minds Initiative


We are all innovators. We all play a part in what the future looks like—and, given the chance, we can make an impact on the world. That’s the principle behind the Future Minds Initiative, an annual opportunity for you to make a gift that will empower the people that walk through our doors to transform the world.

Our donors provide valuable support to innovative programs that empower Sauder students to make a difference in the world. Here are just two examples of Sauder alumni who have been recognized by Forbes for their impact:

  • Ian Crosby (pictured above) graduated in 2008. In 2016, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, thanks to the success of Bench, the online bookkeeping company he co-founded in 2012. Today, Bench has become the largest online bookkeeping service in North America for small businesses, fundamentally changing the way they handle their financials. With almost 300 employees, it is also one of Vancouver’s fastest-growing tech companies.
  • Jessica Lam graduated in 2010, and in 2014 co-founded the Beijing start-up Kaiterra. In 2017, she was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, thanks to the success of Kaiterra’s innovative air quality monitoring products. The Laser Egg 2 communicates with handheld devices and appliances in the home, automatically turning air purifiers on when pollution levels rise. It’s accurate, easy to use and has proved hugely popular for people in Beijing trying to beat the smog. Jessica is now working on air quality solutions that could have a global impact for cities.

Please support the Future Minds Initiative through a donation to the Sauder Innovation Fund. Your gift will help our students develop the skills they need to become the next generation of business leaders, and follow in the footsteps of Sauder-educated innovators like Ian and Jessica.

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