Red River College business students will be pitched real-world technology ideas for their capstone entrepreneurship course on Wednesday.
Members from Ramp Up Manitoba will pitch to students over the span of 90 minutes to give them ideas on what to develop.
“This is a real step towards building a more sophisticated business grad,” said Scott MacAulay, entrepreneurship practicum course leader at Red River College. “Life experience drives ideas, and this event will result in students working on much more exciting ideas that the typical doggy-daycare and paintball business plans we see year after year.”
Following the pitches, students will network with Ramp Up Manitoba members and select four ideas in groups of 10-15 students. Feasibility studies will be conducted, of which one will be selected to have a complete business plan produced. The completed plans will be reviewed, judged and voted on by over 130 external examiners to select a winner.
“It’s ‘tech smarts’ meets ‘biz smarts.’ Ideas are worth nothing without execution,” said Ramp Up Manitoba co-founder Chris Johnson. “Developers can build almost anything, but knowing what to build, who it’s for, and how much to charge are very different skills. As Scott MacAulay puts it, “Every Mark Zuckerberg needs a Sean Parker,” which is exactly the kind of relationships this kind of event builds.”
Pitches will be held at RRC’s Princess Street campus beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.