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.

In partnership with Calgary Economic Development's Trade Accelerator Program and Franklin Templeton Investments, the VentureQuest 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 70 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.


VentureQuest 2021

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have had to re-imagine our 2021 VentureQuest format to ensure the safety of all of our participants. We plan to move our VentureQuest program from an in-person to a virtual environment and still be able to give students the chance to develop their entrepreneurship skills and receive support in developing their social impact ideas.


Our Sponsors

This initiative is supported by: 


Skills Development Sponsor: Calgary Economic Development’s Trade Accelerator Program
Prize Sponsor: Franklin Templeton Investments

VentureQuest 2020 Winners

Congratulations to the following winners at the 7th Annual VentureQuest Gala in 2020:
First Place: Harveer Singh Sandhu - Fuzzy Alpaca
Second Place: Jonell Senia - Shiftr Mobile
Third Place: Aline Nicoleli De Mello - Brazillian BonBon




Frequently Asked Questions

To participate in VentureQuest, Entrants must log on to Facebook 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. Read the Rules and Requirements and the Important Dates documents for more information.
6th Annual VentureQuest Gala:
First Place: Franco Tabat - Shared Care
Second Place: Issha Shah - MealSurfer
Third Place: Joao Oliveria - YYC Charge
Most Votes Received, Facebook video: Chi Duong - P & D Creations
5th Annual VentureQuest Gala:
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" (check out Micah's feature on CTV Calgary and CTV Global)
Most Liked Video on Facebook: Shorena Esartia - Cheesezza Delicious Food
4th Annual VentureQuest Gala:
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
3rd Annual VentureQuest 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
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
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
Only entries that follow the Official Rules and Regulations will be considered for the contest.
Download the Official Rules and Regulations here.
Download the VentureQuest Important Dates 2020-2021 here.
Download the VentureQuest Requirements here.
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