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Enterprize Canada
Motto People. Inspire. Ideas.
Location Vancouver, British Columbia
Founder Michael Lee
Affiliations Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia
Website www.enterprizecanada.org

Enterprize Canada is a student-run, not-for-profit organization with the focus on promoting entrepreneurship while providing opportunities to young entrepreneurs to grow and develop their ideas. Established in 2001 under the leadership of founder Michael Lee and other undergraduate business students from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Enterprize Canada hosts Canada's largest[1] student-run business plan competition and entrepreneurship conference[2]. Over 450 student-delegates, industry professionals, and young entrepreneurs from across Canada meet annually in Vancouver, BC in this two-part event. While the conference and the business plan competition are the highlight events of the organization, Enterprize Canada hosts and participates in a number of community-based activities to help promote the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Mission

The mission of Enterprize Canada is to facilitate a world-class forum for some of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the nation by providing a platform to showcase the future of Canadian innovation, as well as connecting young students with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Conference

Held in Vancouver, BC, the conference has hosted over 300 delegates annually[3] from across Canada. Students from a wide range of disciplines are connected through a series of interactive workshops, professional networking sessions, and nightly social events.

Past locations

Business plan competition

The business plan competition brings together teams of two to six students from several accredited Canadian post-secondary institutions. Teams first participate in regional competitions in their respective regions:

  • Enterprize West 2009 (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT) - University of Calgary
  • Enterprize Central 2009 (Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut) - University of Guelph
  • Enterprize Quebec 2009 (Quebec) - To Be Announced
  • Enterprize Atlantic 2009 (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, & Labrador) - Dalhousie University

The top business plans from each region will go on to compete in the national competition in Vancouver, BC in early February.

In 2008, 100 teams from 16 different Canadian post-secondary institutions were selected to compete in their respective regional competitions. Of these 100, the top three were chosen from each of the four regions to compete in the national finals in Vancouver. Over $80,000 in prize money was awarded in 2008, with a $20,000 business grant awarded to the top team.[4]. With a prize pool worth over $100,000, the 2009 competition will be the largest of its kind in Canada. [5]

Past winners

2009[6]

1st Place - VSM Technologies – Carleton University
2nd Place - EasyPlug – University of BC
3rd Place - Carve – Simon Fraser University

2008[6]

1st Place - VerifyRx – University of New Brunswick
2nd Place - Daily Splice – University of Victoria
3rd Place - TechTouch – Schulich School of Business, York University
PwC Innovation Award – LDCA Innovations - École de technologie supérieure (Université du Québec)

2007[4]

1st Place - Divisio Technologies – Dalhousie University
2nd Place – NeoSpectra Technologies - Simon Fraser University
3rd Place – Effiventa Corporation - University of Manitoba

2006[7]

1st Place – Sunpeak Foods - University of Manitoba- [8] - Company established 2006

2005[9]

1st Place – Energy Aware - University of British Columbia

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