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VentureQuest Business Idea Competition

Now in it's third year, VentureQuest is a Social Entrepreneurship Idea Competition that gives Bow Valley College (BVC) students a chance to collaborate with like-minded people, create a network of socially focused entrepreneurs, and develop a business idea, while they compete for over $25,000 in cash and in-kind services that can help them launch their business idea. 

Contestants submit a 3-minute video that explains their social entrepreneurship idea and the top 10 then are chosen to participate in a business idea competition that includes idea judging from BVC students, business plan judging from industry experts and a 5-minute pitch judged by special guests at the gala dinner.

2016 VentureQuest Final Gala

We're honoured to shine a spotlight on the five finalists who were well-prepared with engaging pitches captivating the 150 guests at the VentureQuest 3rd Annual Business Idea Competition Final Gala on February 11, 2016.  The winning students go on to transform their business ideas into social business ventures. They completed months of preparation that included a video submission, a showcase, and a business plan challenge before presenting in last night's final gala. Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Craig Elias, said, "It was the best gala yet and I'm proud of their achievements. The finalists are very deserving as they stepped way out of their comfort zone last night to make the magic happen."

Celebrating the achievements and passion for their business venture, we would like to congratulate the following winners: 

First Place: Andrei Banu - LightBox 

Second Place: Martial Nounezi - Cameroonian Food 

Third Place:  Sheriff Saliha - Innovative Mobile Apps Coding for Youth 

Most Liked Video on Facebook: Mitra and Ali Kalantaian - Unique Rice Cakes

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Final Presentation Gala Event

February 11, 2016 - The VentureQuest competition provides an opportunity for business communities to participate in recognizing BVC students in their entrepreneurial venture. "It is fantastic to see every year that community leaders are extremely generous in getting engaged in experiential learning with our next generation of community leaders," remarked Natashca Doiron, CSB Coordinator, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  The final gala judges included Geeta Sankapannavar, President and COO of Grafton Funds; Kurt Seredynski, Sales Manager, Small Business for RBC; Debby Carreau, CEO and founder of Inspired HR; and Gord Sawatzky, Executive Director of Business Link. Our Business Plan judges included Bev DeSantis from Business Link, Frank Wolever from Momentum, Neetu Sidhu from ATB, Rob Driscoll from Business Edge Magazine, and Sean Sandhurst from Post Media.

Other special guests included Bill Robertson, Mayor of Okotoks; Kent Rupert, Team Leader for Economic Development Airdrie; Michael Ell, Mayor of Strathmore; Peter Garret, President of Innovate Calgary; Shelley Vandenberg, President of First Calgary; and Sharon Carry, President of Bow Valley College.We would like to thank everyone for participating and helping us showcase the inspirational, entrepreneurial spirit at BVC! This is powerful recognition of what can be accomplished when you believe in yourself and we look forward to seeing the impact these entrepreneurs can bring to the community and economy.

VentureQuest Business Idea Competition Gala

2015-2016 VentureQuest Milestones

Congratulations to the top ten finalists who were selected by the judges after reviewing the video submissions:

  1. Alireza Mardani - Ash Foods
  2. Martial Nounezi - Cameroonian Food
  3. Xing Xiu Bi - Chinese Tea Association
  4. Avanti Dhamale - Language Hub
  5. Saliha Sheriff  - Innovative Mobile Apps Coding for Youth
  6. Andrei Banu - LightBox
  7. Pavan Sangha - RawNatural Juice Co.
  8. Stephanie Gladue - SnapWrap
  9. Mitra Kalantarian - Unique Rice Cake
  10. Nicole Fuller - Up-Cycling

VentureQuest Showcase for the Top Ten Finalists

This year's Showcase was a huge success with over 250 students participating in the voting. This exceeded last year's participation by over 100 votes! The event was an opportunity for the top ten finalist to showcase their business ventures to their peers who then voted on who should receive the first place prize in the VentureQuest competition. We would like to thank everyone for their encouragement with the students and in supporting the VentureQuest initiative.

VentureQuest Showcase

Past VentureQuest Winners

2nd Annual VentureQuest Winners

First Place: Malika Hamel - Malika's Mushrooms 

Second Place: Nadeem (Aly) Jiwa - BeefWings  (Check out Aly's interview on Global News)

Third Place: John Contois - Home School 

Most Liked Video on Facebook: tied between Malika Hamel and victor Lawrance 

VentureQuest Winners 2015

From left to rigth: David Allwright (Dean, Chiu School of Business), Malika Hamel, Nadeem Jiwa, and John Contois

1st Annual VentureQuest Winners

First Place: Kayla Sollid - Books With Benefits  (Check out Kayla's interview on Global News)

Second Place: Gillian Rouleau - Calgary Jam Scene 

Third Second Place: Kaitlyn McKenney - Robbyn Hood  

Most Liked Video on Facebook: Arash Niazi 

Important Information on VentureQuest 2017

Important Dates

Download the VentureQuest Important Dates 2016/17 here
VentureQuest Important Dates 2017

Selection Criteria

Download the VentureQuest selection criteria and process here. 

VentureQuest Process 2017

Most Popular Video

The most popular video submission, as voted on by the public by way of Likes on Facebook, Students are to post their video to

Venture Quest Facebook

Voting opens November 6, 2016 and closes 11:59 p.m. February 12, 2017

*Only entries that follow the Offical Rules and Regulations will be considered for the contest.



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