All 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 while competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes.
VentureQuest participants write a business plan that includes three full years of financial analysis and, at the end of the program, finalists deliver a five-minute pitch to invited guests and panel of industry judges.
The VentureQuest program is made possible by the generous support of our presenting sponsor TD Bank Group. This social entrepreneurship program gives Bow Valley College students, past and present, the chance to start a business that can have a positive impact on the community.
Through workshops, skills development sessions, mentorship, and networking opportunities, aspiring entrepreneurs get the chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills and cultivate their ideas into a viable, socially responsible business.
The program culminates with our VentureQuest Gala where the top 10 finalists present their ideas to over 100 guests including representatives from the different sectors of the Alberta entrepreneurship ecosystem and four pitching judges. The stakes are high with over $20,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the top three ideas.
Since its inception in 2014, Bow Valley College’s VentureQuest program has given over 80 learners the chance to become social entrepreneurs. Thanks to the support of our community-minded sponsors and supporters we have awarded over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services. The entrepreneurial spirit and social focus of our VentureQuest program participants have been recognized and celebrated by the community.
Given the current COVID-19 public health reality, and to ensure the health and safety of our staff, students and community. VentureQuest program activities will be delivered virtually for the time being. We’ll continue to monitor the situation with the hopes of being able to host in-person learning opportunities in the Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 terms including an in-person VentureQuest Business Competition event in April 2022.
This initiative is supported by:
Skills Development Sponsor
VentureQuest 2020 Winners
Agatha Mari Caraveo with Lormed Accessories, Svitlana Dziadyk with Adjustable Bags, and Ian Kappo with ArtistsMasks.
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2021 VentureQuest Business Idea Competition:
1st Place – Lormed Accessories: Fashionable medical accessories that share crucial health information with first responders.
2nd Place – Adjustable Bags: High-quality reusable bags.
3rd Place – ArtistsMasks: Bandana-style face mask featuring unique art.