Feb 23, 2015


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Bow Valley College students compete in the second annual VentureQuest Competition

Calgary - Bow Valley College (BVC) student Malika Hamel has won this year's VentureQuest competition for her innovative business idea Malika's Mushrooms.

Special guests John Barlow, MP, and Eric Burton, Economic Development Specialist, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education gathered at BVC's Chiu School of Business on February 12, 2015, for the VentureQuest final. Participants presented their social business ideas, the winners were announced, and a Leaders of Today and Tomorrow networking session took place.

Hamel won $10,000.00 in cash prizes, funding, and in-kind services for her business idea Malika's Mushrooms. Her innovative business idea involves composting coffee grounds and then using the grounds to grow vegetables; rather than having the grounds take up unnecessary space in landfills. Second prize went to Nadeem Jima, who won $5,500.00 for his business idea Wing'n It. And a third prize of $2,500.00 went to John Contois for his Home School business idea. In addition to the above winners, the top 10 winners all received $500 each.

Now in its second year, the VentureQuest business idea competition gives BVC students, past and present, the chance to start a social entrepreneurship venture through the RBC Accelerator and Talisman Social Enterprise HUB. It also gives participants the chance to collaborate and network, develop business ideas, and receive support to launch their business plans successfully.

The third edition of the VentureQuest Business Competition begins on August 24, 2015. For more information go to:

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