McEwen Entrepreneurship Fair

On December 9, the Grade 12 McEwen Leadership class hosted our 10th annual Entrepreneurship Fair in Staunton Gallery.

The event serves as a culminating task for a large project-based learning initiative in which the students are exploring the driving question: "What good or service should be introduced to the marketplace to fill a gap and create consumer demand?" 
 
The students offered presentation pitches and display booths featuring their venture ideas to a panel of guest judges and fellow St. Andrew’s business students. The event was a tremendous success and featured several unique and feasible venture plan ideas.
 
The Grade 12 students began brainstorming ideas for their venture plans in early October. They had few limitations regarding the scope of their ventures and chose something they were both interested in and passionate about. Their entrepreneurial ventures would ideally be businesses that could be feasibly launched if they received the necessary capital funding.
 
During the entrepreneurship unit of the course, the students developed a complete business plan that contained information regarding their ventures' marketing strategy, financial projections, operating strategy, and resource management. 

At the Entrepreneurship Fair, the students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to the attendees as they circulated to each student display booth. Fair attendees included SAC students, faculty, and staff, as well as a panel of guest judges. Thank you to everyone who supported the students' venture presentations, and took the time to vote for the People's Choice Awards.
 
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group A
 
Best Overall Business Plan: Servi - Blake Phillips, Alex Power, Dave Coverdale
Best Presentation Pitch: Links Inc. - Kieran Stevenson and Sam Lombard
Best Display Booth: Dellray Virtual Management - Davide Zadra, Henry Li, Zach Kolm
Most Feasible Business Plan: Servi: Blake Phillips, Alex Power, Dave Coverdale
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan: Cordelia Games - Jonathan Gagnon and Cole Nip
 
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group B
 
Best Overall Business Plan: Boxer Bars - James Anderson and Josh Lombard
Best Presentation Pitch: Shop Media - Brendan Dilworth and Ethan Ashby
Best Display Booth: Matryoshka Food Services - Andy Yang, Artem Kotchanov, Evan Ellig
Most Feasible Business Plan: Discreet Safe - Owen Shuttleworth and Nolan Michelberger
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan: Smart Sock - Jack Bar and Frankie Carogioiello
 
People’s Choice Awards
 
Best Overall Business Plan: Dellray Virtual Management - Davide Zadra, Henry Li, Zach Kolm
Best Presentation Pitch: Links Inc. - Kieran Stevenson and Sam Lombard
Best Display Booth: Dellray Virtual Management - Davide Zadra, Henry Li, Zach Kolm
Most Feasible Business Plan: Servi - Blake Phillips, Alex Power, David Coverdale
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan: Matryoshka Food Services - Andy Yang, Artem Kotchanov, Evan Ellig
 
Judging Panel
  • George Brown ’99, investment advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Jonathan Harris ’82, president, Medike
  • Andrew Ladouceur ’15, chief operating officer, Bonsai
  • Rob McEwen ’69, executive chairman and chief owner, McEwen Mining
  • Jim Mirkopoulos ’90, VP of Cinespace Studios
  • Jay Rosenfeld ’86, wealth management division, Artemis Investment 
  • Saad Siddiqui ’15, chief executive officer, Bonsai
  • Brad Wood ’10, associate, Direct Private Equity, CPP Investment Board
  • Anton AnnestanCo-founder & CEO, TIEIT AI
  • Dr. Brent Hall, director, education and research, Esri Canada
  • Hollie Hoadley, Creative Solutions founder
  • Vivian H., small business consultant, Municipality of York
  • Adam Kallio, economic development officer, County of Simcoe
  • Shelley Lundquist, international master coach, author, speaker, trainer
  • Ellen Martin, co-founder and COO of SoJo
  • Management
  • Ross Tripp, vice-president, sales, Phantom Screens
  • Chris Z., construction professional and serial entrepreneur
The Entrepreneurship Fair is one of many events planned for the Grade 12 McEwen Leadership class during the 2019-20 academic year. The course is a key element of the McEwen Leadership Program, an academic program modelled after the vision of Rob McEwen ’69.
 
Please see our photo gallery here.

Story by Sean Ludwig, Course Director, McEwen Leadership Program
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