Michael Cheng



Michael is a serial entrepreneur who founded a number of companies and organizations throughout his career. He is the founder of Sniply, WittyCookie, Beta Collective, Covr.fm, Needle HR, QC Productions, TEDxSFU, Dinstinct Marketing, Rush Entertainment, and other ventures across various sectors.
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 is also a judge of the Enactus Student Entrepreneur National Competition and the SFU Entrepreneur of the Year Annual Competition.

Ventures

Online Marketing Software

Sniply lets you add a custom call-to-action to every link you share, thus creating a conversion opportunity within every page. This creates a tangible return from every piece of shared content. For example, you can share a TechCrunch article and still direct traffic back to your own website.

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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.

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Creative Recruiting Platform

Needle is a talent acquisition platform that helps employers connect with creative talent around the world. Companies looking to hire creative talent can use Needle's intelligent search filters to hone in on the perfect candidate without hiring a headhunter.

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Financial Products Marketing

Distinct Marketing provides sales and customer acquisition services with a specialty in financial products. You will find us at airports, in-store and other touch-point venues including trade shows, shopping centres and many special events.

Web Development Agency

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

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Online Music Platform

Covr.fm a digital music service that is enabling users to discover amazing covers of their favorite songs. With free on-demand access to over 100,000,000 cover songs and over 20,000 new covers added daily, Covr.fm helps people discover new artists through the music they already know and love.

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Digital Recruiting Software

MyQover makes it easy to record a 30-second video introducing yourself to employers. The video is converted into a QR code that employers can scan directly from your résumé, giving you a huge advantage in the job market.

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Nightlife Event Management

Rush Entertainment is an event management and promotions company specializing in nightlife entertainment. We host nightlife events at various venues throughout Greater Vancouver. We organize everything from weekend parties to celebrity concerts.

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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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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International Education Agency

International Student Connection connects students around the world with Canadian universities. ISC is founded by international students for international students covering everything from airport pickup to course enrollment and homestay accommodation.

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Vehicle Buy and Sell

AutoQuickTrade is changing the way people buy and sell cars. Trading in and switching vehicles are traditionally a huge hassle while often times resulting in financial losses for the owner. Our auto trading team helps every client maximize their financial gains.

Speaking Engagements

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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APEX Conference

Schulich School of Business

The APEX (Achieving Professional Excellence) Conference is an annual, non-profit undergraduate business conference hosted by York University’s Schulich School of Business with an emphasis on the importance of soft skills in the corporate world.

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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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Opportunity Fest

Beedie School of Business

Entrepreneurially-minded students will have the chance to present their venture ideas to industry experts during Opportunity Fest. Students participate in the marketplace-style exhibition in one of three categories: commercial, sustainable and social.

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QSELF Forum

Queen's Commerce Program

Grounded by the ideas of self-awareness and continuous growth, QSELF provides delegates with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge through inspirational speakers and interactive workshops on how to define their own success.

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Next 36 Campus Tour

Various Canadian Universities

The Next 36 is a resource-rich program designed to nurture the entrepreneurial promise of 36 undergraduates with extraordinary potential each year and championed by Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais, Sr. and Jimmy Pattison.

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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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SIAT Showcase

School of Interactive Arts

Annual Showcase Competition held by SIAT that brings together top students in the areas of design, media arts and interactive technologies. The competition attracts industry professionals from all across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

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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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Social Venture Challenge

Social Spark

Social Spark’s flagship program, the Social Venture Challenge, selects and works with the most talented young minds in Canada to develop thriving social ventures. Over the course of the year, candidates work on developing their own social enterprises.

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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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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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Accolades

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

Enactus

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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Press

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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Writing

Creating Emotional Attachment to a Brand

Building a brand is like building relationships. By revealing your insecurities, you invite others into your world. At Sniply, we take pride in our weaknesses and vulnerability. Several months ago, we applied to Y Combinator, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Even though we were rejected, we still...

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Single Biggest Problem with Content Curation

Once upon a time, I was working on social media marketing at another startup. We, like everyone else, relied on content curation as one of our core strategies. It took a lot of time everyday, going through heaps of content and struggling to find the right things to share. At some point, I began to question whether it was...

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