Enterprize Canada 2009 Recap

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This past weekend, Enterprize Canada successfully hosted over 350 student-delegates, entrepreneurs, and local business professionals at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  Known as Canada's largest student-run business plan competition and entrepreneurship conference, Enterprize surely did not disappoint, as the nation's brightest young entrepreneurs from coast-to-coast came together for three days of speakers workshops, interactive activities, and keynote presentations from Basil Peters (Angel Investor and Fund Manager) and Brian Scudamore (Founder, 1-800-GOT-JUNK).

In the final round of the national business plan competition, two BC teams placed in the top 3; Carve (Simon Fraser University) placed 3rd earning a cash prize of $5000; and EasyPlug (University of British Columbia) placed 2nd in the nation, receiving a cash prize of $10,000. VSM Technologies (Carleton University) won the competition and took home the grand prize of $20,000.  The top five teams will all have a chance to pitch their business plans to the VanTech Angel Forum as well as at their audition with CBC's hit TV series, Dragons' Den.

Enterprize Canada 2009 - People. Inspire. Ideas.

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From February 6-8, 2009, join over 450 of the nation’s brightest students, industry professionals, and young entrepreneurs at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in experiencing innovation and entrepreneurship through Enterprize Canada 2009, Canada's largest student-run business plan competition and one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurship conferences. Tickets for the 2009 Entrepreneurship Conference on sale now.

With twenty distinguished presenters and two keynote speakers, the Entrepreneurship Conference will provide students with the most relevant tools and knowledge applicable to their current academic careers. The Conference will be complemented by a solid line-up of interactive activities, professional networking opportunities, and top-notch social events. Tickets on sale now - click here to register online or for more information about the Entrepreneurship Conference.

Interested in competing for a prize pool worth over $100,000? The National Business Plan Competition will showcase some of the best and brightest business plans from across Canada. Students compete against over 100 teams for a chance at cash prizes, mentorship opportunities, and even an opportunity to audition in front of a panel of venture capitalists on CBC’s “Dragons’ Den”. Deadline for registration and submissions: November 30th. Space is limited, so register today.


Business and Technology Come Together with Enterprize Canada

Renowned as one of Canada’s largest student-run entrepreneurial conferences and business plan competitions, Enterprize Canada provides a glimpse into the future of Canadian innovation and growth. 450 delegates, competitors, community leaders, and entrepreneurs from across Canada are provided with a platform to transform their visions into reality in this two-part event held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Over the course of its seven year history, Enterprize had jump-started numerous business ideas, from such companies as PeerFX, an online currency exchange featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, to Energy Aware, a company focused on “demand management solutions for today's changing electrical grid”.

Energy Aware Technology was an idea that started as a class project at UBC, and Enterprize was the first business plan competition we entered. It truly inspired us to think outside of the classroom and having gone through the process, it encouraged us to seriously consider entrepreneurship as an option after graduation. This competition provided us with our first external affirmation that we were providing something of value with the capability to be monetized, and for those intending to get out there and actually act on their business ideas, Enterprize is a great launch pad and supportive conduit to getting started. - Janice Cheam, Energy Aware Technology Inc., Winner, Enterprize 2005

A select number of speakers and workshops will be dedicated to providing tech-savvy students with a supply of entrepreneurial skills as part of Enterprize’s commitment to extend the conference to different faculties. This year, Enterprize expands its horizon by reaching out to those who are specializing in applied and computer sciences. In today’s marketplace, demand for those who are technologically competent is high, and therefore, those who are able can become entrepreneurs by creating their own business. With both the Engineering and Sciences faculties on board as Academic Partners at UBC, as well as the local Vancouver business community, Enterprize will educate and inspire creative minds.