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 Facebookand submit a video entry together with a completed entry form to the Bow Valley College Facebook page before the end of the Entry Deadline. Dates for 2020 participants will be posted in the fall 2020.


Congratulations to the following winners at the 6th Annual VentureQuest Gala on February 7, 2019:
  • 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

The energy and excitement at the 6th Annual VentureQuest Business Idea Competition on February 7, 2019, saw seven exceptional Bow Valley College students pitch their business ideas. “We saw some fresh ideas presented,” stated Patrick Chiu, Business Development Manager for the Trico Group and guest judge at the competition. “The competitors shared their personal ideas and their passion behind it. The event was great.”

The competition is challenging as learners cultivate their ideas into a viable, socially responsible business and present to over 100 guests and four pitching judges at the final gala. The stakes are high with over $20,000 in cash and prizes awarded and competitors are motivated to complete the steps in a four month period to be eligible for pitching in the final gala.

Mario Siciliano, Vice President, External for Bow Valley College, praised the students for their hard work. “The competitors were terrific and there were a couple of ideas I imagine we will see out in the market soon, specifically the technology based pitches.” The judges were also inspired by the diversity of the participants. ”I like how they delivered their pitch and I know they had a short time to achieve this and they were able to quickly execute. The feasibility was great,” recounted Bobbi Racette, Founder & CEO, Virtual Gurus and guest judge.

Craig Elias, Entrepreneur in Residence and chief catalyst for VentureQuest, was thrilled that, “after all the practice and effort these students had put in, they succinctly pitched - with a touch of humor - their story and business ideas to a packed room of people. If you would have told me they were all Anthony Robbins protégé’s, I would have believed you,” stated Craig.

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. Thank you to everyone involved including the guests, Repsol, table sponsors, business plan and pitching judges, in-kind sponsors, Emcee Quinn Contini, staff, and volunteers.



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 for submission requirements. Dates for 2020 will be posted in Fall 2020. 


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 2018/19 here.

Download the VentureQuest Requirements here. 

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