Georgian College student entrepreneurs are sharpening the pitches they will soon be making to judges in the annual Georgian Den competition at the Barrie Campus. The stakes are high, with $5,000 in cash prizes generously provided by Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.
Eighty-one student teams from four different academic areas are participating as part of their Entrepreneurship and Small Business course. The event takes place April 11 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
Over the current semester, students came up with ideas for new businesses and then developed comprehensive business plans. Each group hopes to have what it takes to win the premier spot in the Den.
Dozens of students will compete in the first round that takes place in the ABSC Event Space in the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre. Students will present their new business concepts in a trade show setting. Judges are experienced business professionals from the college and the local community.
The top six groups will earn a spot in the final round of the Georgian Den where one team will be named the ultimate winner. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,500 and the third place team will receive $1,000.
The final round and award ceremony take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Photo: Irin Avery, left, and Marco Duarte were part of a team of five Georgian students that won the grand prize in the 2016 Georgian Den competition with their College Coders business concept. (Georgian College/Doug Crawford).