Taking Care of Business with McEwen Students

Presentations pitches by members of the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class echoed through Staunton Gallery Monday, as students manning display booths promoted their business ideas to judges and fellow students.
 
This year’s Entrepreneurship Fair featured several unique and feasible ventures. The grade 12 students began brainstorming ideas for their venture plans in early October. They had few limitations regarding the scope of the venture, and were asked to choose something that they were both interested in and passionate about.  It was expected that their entrepreneurial venture would be a business that could be feasibly launched if it received the necessary capital funding.
 
During the entrepreneurship unit of the course, students developed a complete business plan for their entrepreneurial venture. They used a business plan template, in addition to the resources and lessons provided in class, to create their business plan. 
 
Business plans included information regarding the venture’s marketing strategy, financial projections, operating strategy, and resource management.  At the Entrepreneurship Fair, the students ‘pitched’ their entrepreneurial idea 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 comprising Old Boys and business people.
 
Thank you to everyone who supported the students' venture presentations, and took the time to vote for the People's Choice Awards! Click here to view a photogallery.
 
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group A
 
Best Overall Business Plan – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Soup Shack – Daniel Cheung and Matthew Chambers
Best Display Booth – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis
Most Feasible Business Plan – Northern Elite 1 – Jacob Edwards and Mario Vazquez
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Sport Advisor – Kyle Chen, Joseph Yazdani, Michael Von Schalburg
 
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group B
 
Best Overall Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Sharp Ride – Will Sirman, Jacob Ledson, Corey Andonovski
Best Display Booth – ProFuel – Tarun Sethi and Nolan Roy
Most Feasible Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – UniquEats – Charlie Elliott and Callum Murphy
 
People’s Choice Awards
 
Best Overall Business Plan – Copped Sneaker Boutique – Jason Qian and Victor Xie
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Smooth on the Move – JP Martin, Chris Sgro, Oli Harris
Best Display Booth – Shock Shield – Luca Zadra, Patrick Turner, Nick Theodorakakis
Most Feasible Business Plan – Leo’s Grill – Michael Lakkotrypis and Stathi Douramakos
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Mr. Service – Sean Lindsay, Andrew Jeffrey, Greg Hoogers
  
Judging Panel
  • Adam Kallio, Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe
  • Jonathan Wheatle, Manager, Strategic Economic Initiatives, Regional Municipality of York 
  • Satheejan Gugananthan, Business Development & Portfolio Manager, Ideal Incubator
  • Lucas Chang, Co-founder, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
  • Shelley Lundquist, International Master Coach, Author, Speaker, Trainer
  • Ted Mercer ’96, VP Sales, Kira Talent
  • Jim Mirkopoulos ’90, VP, Cinespace Studios 
  • George Brown ’99, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
  • Brian Chisholm ’00, Senior Manager, Business Development, CIBC
  • James McClocklin ’66, SAC Board Member, Groupby Inc., Private Equity Funding
  • Ross Tripp, VP Sales, Phantom Screens
  • Giancarlo Trimarchi ’02, Financial Controller, Store Supervisor, Partner Vince’s Market
  • Dr. Brent Hall, Director, Education and Research, Esri Canada
  • Ellen Martin, Co-founder and COO, SoJo
 
The Entrepreneurship Fair is one of many events planned for the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class during the 2016-17 academic year. The course is a key element of the McEwen Leadership Program, an academic program modeled after the vision of Mr. Rob McEwen ’69. 
 
Story by Sean Ludwig, Course Director, McEwen Leadership Program
 
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