By Stuart Green
(TORONTO, ON) – Zaheem Riberdy, a Grade 11 student at Assumption College School and Raymond Tran, a Grade 10 student at Kennedy Collegiate, have been selected as finalists in a competition for budding high school entrepreneurs.
Zaheem and Raymond, and their respective chaperones, will be in Toronto from April 26 through 28 to participate in a training session as well as a Dragon’s Den-style pitch competition at Discovery, Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference.
This is the third year Ontario Centres of Excellence, supported by the Ministry for Economic Development, Employment, and Infrastructure, have delivered the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
Students were required to enter a two-minute video outlining their business idea. The best, as decided by expert judges and through online voting, are pitching at Discovery.
Six winners will receive a reserved spot in Ontario’s Summer Company program to put their business idea into practice.
Zaheem’s business is a company called Kustom Kicks, a service which applies high-end custom designs on shoes, as well as shoe cleaning and refurbishing.
Raymond’s business is a company called TeaSchool, a new concept of revolutionizing the student menu with enjoyable tea beverages.