Cambrian College Business students Joel Renaud and Mitch Churchill are polishing their pitches for the next level of a Dragon’s Den-style competition between students at Laurentian University, Collège Boréal, and Cambrian.
On March 28, Renaud and Churchill presented business plans to a panel of judges at the Be Your Own Boss On-Campus Pitch competition held at Cambrian’s Glencore Centre for Innovation. Renaud pitched a plan to create a digital media marketing service for business owners serving local clients. Churchill’s business concept involved manufacturing and marketing a portable outdoor camping light.
Student finalists will attend innovation conference in Toronto
As finalists, Renaud and Churchill have each won $250 and a trip to Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2017 conference, held May 15-16 in Toronto.
The Discovery conference brings together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in the areas of energy, financial technology, the environment, advanced health, digital media, information and communication technologies and advanced manufacturing, according to Ontario Centres of Excellence. The annual event attracts more than 3,500 attendees and 500 exhibitors.
Finalists from the three post-secondary schools will be vying for a top prize of $1,000 and access to local entrepreneurs who are ready to help with start-up plans. The Be Your Own Boss competition was created by the Sudbury Youth Entrepreneurship Hub, which is a collaboration between Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, Laurentian University, the Sudbury Regional Business Centre, and NORCAT.