Students pitch venture plans at McEwen Entrepreneurship Fair

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 PlanPay Less, Play More - Ewan Fox and Scott Rumble
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’Style Club - William Myerson and Eric Dietterle
Best Display BoothCollege Crunch - Quest Rodin and Mark Polemidiotis
Most Feasible Business PlanFlyboarding Muskoka - Connor Iwai and Dalton Lehman
Most Creative/Innovative Business PlanGrizzly Ski Boots - Austin Brett and Branson Johnson
 
Judge’s Choice Awards – Group B
 
Best Overall Business PlanTrashMesh - George Brown, Hashim Baloch, Ryan Jamieson
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’EasyTutor - Dylan Henderson and Ian Maclean
Best Display BoothFQH Food Truck - Callum MacPherson and Joseph Grassa
Most Feasible Business PlanTrashMesh - George Brown, Hashim Baloch, Ryan Jamieson
Most Creative/Innovative Business PlanStellar VR Technologies - Vladimir Dyagilev, Rickie Tang, Eric Situ
 
People’s Choice Awards
 
Best Overall Business PlanStellar VR Technologies - Vladimir Dyagilev, Rickie Tang, Eric Situ
Best Presentation ‘Pitch’College Crunch - Quest Rodin and Mark Polemidiotis
Best Display BoothFaceoff Inc. - Will McHenry and Matt McKim
Most Feasible Business PlanApex Investment Academy - Saajan Sethi and Warren Zhang, and Switch Plates - Baron Liu and Chris Leung
Most Creative/Innovative Business PlanCovert Inc. - Tristan Hicks and Kris Jansen
 
Judging Panel
 
Adam Kallio
  • Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe
Daniela Mazzaferro
  • Small Business Consultant, The Regional Municipality of York
Lucas Chang
  • Co-founder, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
Shelley Lundquist
  • International Master Coach, Author, Speaker, Trainer
Jim Mirkopoulos
  • VP, Cinespace Studios
George Brown
  • Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities
Brian Chisholm
  • Senior Manager, Business Development, CIBC
Ross Tripp
  • Vice President, Sales, Phantom Screens
Giancarlo Trimarchi
  • Financial Controller and Store Supervisor, Partner, Vince’s Market
Dr. Brent Hall
  • Director, Education and Research, Esri Canada
Ellen Martin
  • Co-founder and COO, SoJo
Craig Ofield
  • President, Bulk Barn Foods Limited
Duncan Jackman
  • Chairman, President, and CEO, EL Financial Corp. Limited
Rob McEwen
  • Executive Chairman and Chief Owner, McEwen Mining
Andrew Ladouceur
  • Chief Operating Officer, Bonsai
Saad Siddiqui
  • 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
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