Northern Ontario Students gain real-world experience during this exclusive Business Idea Competition

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2016 Northwest Enterprise Olympics winners in the Social Enterprise Sector. Business name: Community Basket Business idea: A grocery store catering to low-income consumers. (From left to right) Nyah Hill from Sir Winston Churchill, Dakota Jodouin from Red Lake Secondary School, Samantha Sawyer from and Kennedy Adams from Westgate Secondary School

Head Start in Business in partnership with Northern Ontario’s CFDCs is thrilled to announce their exclusive business pitch competition, Enterprise Olympics, is back for yet another exciting year. The two-day business pitch competition brings together Secondary School students from across Northern Ontario to develop a business idea, prepare a rudimentary business plan and execute an elevator pitch to a panel of judges!

Head Start in BusinessStudents work in teams, based on six business sectors and are mentored by entrepreneurs from across Northern Ontario as they conceptualize their business idea on site. Groups can win $500 and the grand prize winners will each receive a $1000 scholarship to one of the participating post-secondary schools of their choice!

Who are they looking for?

All full time secondary students with an interest in entrepreneurship up to the age of 19 are welcome. No experience is necessary. Local entrepreneurs and organization representatives are also invited to be at the centre of activity and participate as a judge, student mentor or general volunteer.

Head Start in BusinessWhen & where is Enterprise Olympics?

Wednesday May 17 & Thursday May 18, 2017 at Canadore College and Nipissing University in North Bay. Meals and accommodations are provided.

Enterprise Olympics provides an opportunity for students to examine their entrepreneurial skills and gain real world business experience.  These real world experiences and connections are valuable assets to students and provide insight into opportunities for youth in Northern Ontario.

This event is proudly brought to you by Head Start in Business funded by FedNor, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

About Head Start in Business

Head Start in Business is a Pan-Northern Community Futures Development Corporation project that encourages youth to explore and expand their entrepreneurial potential while remaining in Northern Ontario. To learn more or to book a recruitment workshop in your school, visit or their Facebook or Twitter page. 


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