| Feb. 23, 2006
UBC Hosts Canada's Largest Student Business Plan Competition
with $100,000 in Prizes
Event: Enterprize 2006 Conference and
Business Plan Competition: www.enterprize.sauder.ubc.ca
Place: The Fairmont Waterfront, downtown
Vancouver, 900 Canada Place Way
Date/Time: Fri. Feb. 24 - Sun. Feb. 26
Top undergraduate students from across the country will
compete in front of prominent business leaders for $100,000
in prizes and the chance to turn their business ideas into
reality at the University of British Columbia's Enterprize
2006, Canada's largest undergraduate entrepreneurial conference
and business plan competition.
Ten teams representing UBC, Simon Fraser University, University
of Manitoba, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa and
University of Waterloo will present their business plans to
a panel of judges from BDC Venture Capital, Telus Ventures,
Growthworks Capital, McCarthy Tetrault, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin,
KPMG and Intrawest Corporation.
The first-place team will walk away with $10,000 cash, a
$25,000 Entrepreneurship start-up loan from the Business Development
Bank of Canada, a year-long industry mentorship with competition
judges valued at over $50,000, as well as in-depth business
plan feedback. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony
the evening of Saturday, February 25.
More than 300 students will gather at the Enterprize conference
to attend networking sessions and seminars with seasoned entrepreneurs
and venture capitalists, among them Macromedia founder Marc
Canter, Jacqui MacNeill of Escents Aromatherapy, Matthew Snyder
of Nokia and Todd Stevens, former executive producer of TV
show Friends and current executive producer of Joey.
Established in 2002, the annual event is organized and run
entirely by commerce students from UBC's Sauder School of
Business. The competition has rapidly become one of the nation's
best incubators for new venture ideas and raw entrepreneurial
Past winners of the Enterprize business plan competition
include the UBC student-run company Energy Aware, formed to
design, manufacture and distribute energy-saving products,
which went on to compete in the Telus New Ventures competition
and receive the national federal energy ambassador award,
and University of Manitoba student company Plasia Tek, whose
idea for a medical device to improve the safety of intubations
was successfully acquired shortly after the competition.
The Sauder School of Business at UBC is Canada's leading
academic business school. The school is recognized globally
for its contributions to management practice through its innovative
research and teaching and outstanding faculty.
For more information on Enterprize 2006 and complete schedule
of events visit www.enterprize.sauder.ubc.ca
Media interested in speaking to Enterprize student
contestants and judges can contact: Leanna Yip, 604.616.0400
or Kerry Liu, 604.418.8867.
Sauder School of Business
Enterprize External Business Plan Director