Students at the college have a chance to collaborate with like-minded people, create a network of socially focused entrepreneurs, and develop a business idea. At the final gala, the finalists compete for over $25,000 in cash and in-kind services. Ready to launch your business idea?
In partnership with RBC Business Accelerator and Repsol HUB for Social Enterprise, the VentureQuest Business Idea Competition gives Bow Valley College students the chance to launch their business plans successfully. Over $90,000 (cash and in-kind services) has been awarded to VentureQuest winners so far!
Congratulations to the following winners at the 4th Annual VentureQuest Gala on February 9, 2017:
First Place: Sara Barreto - WafflePops (check out Sara's feature on Global News)
Second Place: Max Jimenez Pastran - Total Supplies Canada
Third Place: Luke Sikora - Spiller Balance
Most Liked Video on Facebook: Sara Barreto - WafflePops
We are excited to celebrate another year of VentureQuest at Bow Valley College where students are eager to expand their entrepreneurial ideas into viable business ventures. "The VentureQuest Gala is another great show of how important college programs can be in preparing youth for their working lives," said Janet Lane, VentureQuest judge. "Entrepreneurial skills have become some of the most essential skills for success. The college is obviously developing those skills in their students."
The finalists complete a series of steps before competing in the final gala that includes a showcase, development sessions, and a business plan submission. The contestants are coached by BVC's Entrepreneur in Residence, Craig Elias. "I am very proud of all the finalists as they are on their way to mastering the 4 C's of entrepreneurship: curiosity, competence, confidence and connections," said Craig.
Zahra Al-Harazi, a VentureQuest judge, revealed that, "This is an absolutely fantastic event. I judged the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in Bangkok last year and we had 50 students from 50 countries around the world and this was just as much fun and exciting. All the finalists are winners and they should pursue their ideas with passion."
To participate in VentureQuest, Entrants must log on to Facebook and submita video entry together with a completed entry form to the Bow Valley College Facebook page before the end of the Entry Deadline (Sunday, November 5, 2017).
More information to come including links to the Facebook page.