Congratulations to Garden Valley Collegiate students Alwina Friesen and Sandra Froese for placing first in the business plan category and placing third overall, in the first annual Manitoba High School Investment Competition presented by the The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Manitoba.
The competition, held on May 27-28, was open to Grade 10 to 12 students, and provided an opportunity for students to explore their entrepreneurial spirit by presenting a fictitious or real business plan to local business professionals. The competition was open to all high school students regardless of area of studies. Prizes were awarded for first place (laptops), second place (digital cameras), and third place (Ipod Touches). Monetary prizes were also awarded within the four required components (business plan, elevator pitch, oral presentation, and marketing materials).
Sandra and Alwina, two Grade 12 students at Garden Valley Collegiate, competed against eight teams from Winnipeg and The Pas in this intense competition on the weekend. The students were chosen to participate in the competition, back in February, when they submitted their initial business idea. On the weekend, students presented a business plan, an advertising poster, an elevator pitch, and a 15 minute presentation followed by answering 10 minutes of questions from a panel of judges. The panel included: Ian Dimmerman and Jim Grapentine from Cambrian Credit Union, Jim Kilgour from Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training, and Trade; Bill Morrisy of YES! Winnipeg; Nathan Greidanus, a University Professor; and Angela Hilland from the Women’s Enterprise Centre.
Sandra and Alwina’s company, Seasonal Servants, provides clients with a Christmas decorating service, specializing in putting up outdoor and indoor lights, setting up Christmas trees, and overall interior Christmas decorating. As Sandra stated in the presentation, “Families are a lot busier today than they were 10-15 years ago. Our season decorating business provides clients with an additional service that will be provided for busy families as well as those who are no longer physical able, such as the elderly.”
After working on their business plan for numerous hours outside of class time, both Sandra and Alwina describe the experience as being truly unique and were glad for the opportunity to participate in this. The students were very proud of their hard work and realized the value of putting what they learned into practice.