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High School Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Business Ideas

December 17, 2010 3:16 PM | News

Students from Louis Riel School Division presented their bright ideas to members of Winnipeg's business community on Friday, December 10, 2010. (HANDOUT)

Sixty Winnipeg high school students participated in a “Dragons’ Den”-like concept last Friday, where they had to pitch their business ideas to the local business community within a couple hours.

Named Tiger’s Den, the aspiring entrepreneurs from Louis Riel School Division made their presentation at the division board office on December 10, where the top three ideas were selected.

The winners were announced today…

  • FastFare — a smart phone app that offers transit users a convenient alternative to bus tickets and change. FastFare allows you to pay for your bus fare on-line, and scan a barcode on your smart phone to access the credit.
  • I C You — transitional contact lenses that turn contacts into sunglasses. UV rays trigger chemicals in the lenses which activate the colour pigmentation causing the contact lens to darken.
  • QuickScan — a smart phone app that eliminates the need to carry a wallet full of cards. Loyalty cards, gift cards, debit and credit cards are all uploaded onto your smart phone and converted into a bar code that is scanned when making a purchase. A thumb scanner replaces the PIN for added security.

Marina R. James, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg and Tannis Hogue, VP, Marketing and Communications, served as judges for the competition.

The Career Internship Program (CIP) at Windsor Park Collegiate prepares students for the labour force and integrates university entrance academic courses with dynamic business partner–student experiences.