On Monday, the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class held the eighth annual Entrepreneurship Fair in Staunton Gallery. The students presented their pitches and set up display booths featuring their entrepreneurial venture ideas to a panel of judges and fellow St. Andrew’s business students.
The event serves as a culminating task for a large project-based learning initiative in which the students are exploring the driving question: "What goods or services should be introduced to the marketplace to fill a gap and create consumer demand?" 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 the ventures 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, the students developed complete business plans for their entrepreneurial ventures. They used a business plan template, in addition to the resources and lessons provided in class, to create their plans. The business plans included 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 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 – Pay Less, Play More - Ewan Fox and Scott Rumble
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – Style Club - William Myerson and Eric Dietterle
Best Display Booth – College Crunch - Quest Rodin and Mark Polemidiotis
Most Feasible Business Plan – Flyboarding Muskoka - Connor Iwai and Dalton Lehman
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Grizzly Ski Boots - Austin Brett and Branson Johnson
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group B
Best Overall Business Plan – TrashMesh - George Brown, Hashim Baloch, Ryan Jamieson
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – EasyTutor - Dylan Henderson and Ian Maclean
Best Display Booth – FQH Food Truck - Callum MacPherson and Joseph Grassa
Most Feasible Business Plan – TrashMesh - George Brown, Hashim Baloch, Ryan Jamieson
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Stellar VR Technologies - Vladimir Dyagilev, Rickie Tang, Eric Situ
People’s Choice Awards
Best Overall Business Plan – Stellar VR Technologies - Vladimir Dyagilev, Rickie Tang, Eric Situ
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’ – College Crunch - Quest Rodin and Mark Polemidiotis
Best Display Booth – Faceoff Inc. - Will McHenry and Matt McKim
Most Feasible Business Plan – Apex Investment Academy - Saajan Sethi and Warren Zhang, and Switch Plates - Baron Liu and Chris Leung
Most Creative/Innovative Business Plan – Covert Inc. - Tristan Hicks and Kris Jansen
- Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe
- Small Business Consultant, The Regional Municipality of York
- Co-founder, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
- International Master Coach, Author, Speaker, Trainer
- Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
- Senior Manager, Business Development, CIBC
- Vice President, Sales, Phantom Screens
- Financial Controller and Store Supervisor, Partner, Vince’s Market
Dr. Brent Hall
- Director, Education and Research, Esri Canada
- President, Bulk Barn Foods Limited
- Chairman, President, and CEO, EL Financial Corp. Limited
- Executive Chairman and Chief Owner, McEwen Mining
- Chief Operating Officer, Bonsai
- Chief Executive Officer, Bonsai
The Entrepreneurship Fair is one of many events planned for the grade 12 McEwen Leadership class during the 2017-18 academic year. The course is a key element of the McEwen Leadership Program, an academic program modelled after the vision of Rob McEwen ’69.
Story by Sean Ludwig, Course Director, McEwen Leadership Program