(WINDSOR, ON) – Students from three schools in Windsor and one from Tecumseh have been selected to pitch live, May 15 in Toronto, at a contest to find Ontario’s best young entrepreneurs. They will be hoping to beat out students from 16 other schools for up to $3,000 in start-up funds and entrepreneurial mentorship through the Ontario Summer Company program and awards from the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
Now in its fifth year, the competition invites aspiring high-school entrepreneurs from across the province to pit their business ideas against those of other students in a two-minute video. The annual competition is presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, believes the competition is, what he calls, “… a great way to introduce our young people to entrepreneurship and help them to consider it as a viable career option so that they can become the next generation of job creators.”
The 20 finalists were chosen from over 200 video submissions through a combination of public and expert voting. The finalists will stand in front of a live audience and present their business concepts to panel of expert judges.
There will be dialogue between the contestants and the judges, and Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, will moderate. Six of the teams will receive reserved entry in the Ontario Summer Company program and other awards.
The judges are Karl Martin, founder and CTO of Nymi, Maayan Ziv, founder and CEOv of AccessNow, and Jane Wang, CEO of Optimity.
On the day before the event, each finalist group will be given the chance to hone their pitching skills and receive entrepreneurial mentorship and networking advice at a one-day boot camp at the OneEleven accelerator in Toronto.
Windsor will have three finalists including Liam Gleason for Printable Canada, from Assumption College Catholic High School, Raymond Tran for LITLYTE, from WC Kennedy Collegiate Institute, and Jaggar Klein for Push For Knowledge, also from Assumption College Catholic High School, while Hannah Ruuth, of Tecumseh Vista Academy, will pitch her company, Youth Inspire Canada.
The students will be competing against fellow young entrepreneurs from such communities as Kenora, Ottawa, Toronto, Richmond Hill, and Sudbury.