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!
To participate in VentureQuest, Entrants must log on to Facebook here (opens October 1, 2018) and submit a video entry together with a completed entry form to the Bow Valley College Facebook page before the end of the Entry Deadline (Sunday, November 4, 2018).
Congratulations to the following winners at the 5th Annual VentureQuest Gala on February 8, 2018:
First Place: Joelle Mason - Memory Laine, Mobile Consignment
Second Place: Amber Rowden - Once Upon A Story
Third Place: Micah Louison - LO8OP "Home in a Bag"
We are excited to celebrate another year of VentureQuest at Bow Valley College. Nine Bow Valley College students from varied programs pitched their business ideas and competed for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. “Everyone did a great job of presenting their ideas. I really enjoyed the presentations tonight,” stated Wayne Chiu, CEO, The Trico Group and special guest at the event. Competitors take on an enormous challenge, beginning with ideas that they then turn into viable, socially responsible businesses. They grow their ideas, stay passionate about their goals, and move forward with an innovative spirit.
Kylie Woods, founder of Geek Chic and guest judge, was inspired by the diversity and backgrounds of the participants. “I think it is very rare that there are so many different experiences and perspectives. It came out in the quality of the business ideas and is really unique to Bow Valley College. It gave me goosebumps,” says Kylie. Guest judge, Adam Reid, RBC Manager, Business Markets, was also impressed with the quality of the presentations. “The winners had well thought out business plans, clearly defined social impact, well-defined target markets, and really great products. It was something they personally believed in and something their clients can believe in,” stated Adam.
VentureQuest builds confidence and students benefit from the connections they gain. As well, they can use this recognition as leverage to market their business plans. Mario Siciliano, Bow Valley College Vice President, External, was inspired to see the passion the learners exhibited. “For those students that didn’t finish in the top three, this is not the end. They all had excellent business ideas that may need a little more polishing. What a great experience for all these students. I was proud and enjoyed seeing the impact that the College has on their lives,” says Mario.
Craig Elias, Entrepreneur in Residence and chief catalyst for VentureQuest, has had 50 finalists participate in VentureQuest over the past five years. “By every measure this was the best VentureQuest yet. Andrew Phung totally brought down the house as emcee, nine of the ten finalists went all the way to the final pitch-off, and the finalists had almost 120 pieces of feedback from attendees via *DialogLoop,” affirmed Craig.
Thank you to everyone involved including the guests, family, judges, sponsors, and staff.
*DialogLoop is an audience engagement and networking software platform.
To participate in VentureQuest, Entrants must log on to Facebook here (opens October 1, 2018) 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 4, 2018). Read the Rules and Requirements for submission requirements.