Having spent much of his life studying abroad in the UK, China, and in Canada, Wesley Fakrogha understands firsthand the challenges that international students face in finding accommodation, building local connections and securing employment. It was these difficulties that inspired Wesley’s new startup company, Stuuli. Stuuli is an information hub with the aim to make student life easier. Stuuli provides students with a safe and secure platform to exchange goods, search for jobs and join events in their local area.
In addition to his understanding of the international student experience, Wesley attributes the success of his company to the skills he gained in the Selkirk College Business Administration Diploma.
“I had previously completed a computer science degree, which is what got me thinking about tech startups, but I knew nothing about owning a business. The program taught me so much about marketing and overall business operations.”
Since graduating in December 2020, Wesley has been focused on increasing awareness for Stuuli – and it’s working! Stuuli was one of three local startups featured in the recent Kootenay Pitch Competition.
“It was easy for me to pitch my business because I feel so passionately about it. My experience at Selkirk College was elevated by the connections I made through volunteering and student activities. I encourage all students to get involved on campus and in their local communities as a way to meet friends and gain practical skills for future careers. Stuuli makes that easier.”
Wesley certainly made the most of student life during his time at Selkirk College. He volunteered his time to connect fellow students through his positions as a student ambassador and a peer tutor. He also served on the Board of Governors as the elected student member, where he provided insight on the student experience and made recommendations to improve student life during the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes his best memory at Selkirk College as the
In addition to working on Stuuli, Wesley has stayed connected with Selkirk College since graduation by taking on a paid research internship with the Selkirk College Applied Research and Innovation Centre.
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