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Budding entrepreneurs kick off inaugural Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

May 4, 2012

Victoria – Aspiring entrepreneurs are bringing their best ideas to Royal Roads University May 30 to June 1 as part of the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp designed to work their ventures into shape.

“Royal Roads has a strong history of entrepreneurial thinking in our education. The boot camp is a great opportunity for students from all over the Pacific Northwest to come together to share and gain practical knowledge and experience from an exceptional group of mentors,” says Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University president. “It’s also an important initiative to continue building productive relationships between post-secondary educational institutions and businesses in the region.”

More than 50 universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest were invited to submit short elevator pitch video clips on their business ideas in the inaugural Pacific Northwest Economic Region Business Idea Competition (PNWER BIC). The ideas were required to address how the business would improve the region, what problem it would solve and who the target market would be.

The winning teams are from Royal Roads University, University of Regina, Whitman College and the University of Puget Sound. Their ideas represent an online skills development forum targeted at public speaking, a home improvement product, a health food item and a social networking site to share goods between university students.

“I'm excited to have the opportunity to receive elite coaching on my business idea Crowd Speaking from proven successful professionals,” says Royal Roads Bachelor of Commerce student Ben Lee.

Mentors will work with the winning teams on legal, human resource, investment and venture capital and product development in relation to their business ideas. Panelists include: Carolin Rekar Munro, Royal Roads University associate professor; Allan Frame, Macquarie Private Wealth senior vice-president; J. Gordon Thomson, Gordon Thompson Law Corporation; Chia-Lin Simmons, Harman International vice-president of marketing and content; and H. Christian Holljes, founder of Newgent.

Students will also interact with panelists including: Nancy Mudford, Royal Roads MBA student and founder of Le Petite Spa and Spa Boutique; Alex Glassey, founder and managing director of GlasseyStrategy; and Keith MacKenzie, Royal Roads MBA student. Mudford and MacKenzie are Royal Roads’ entrepreneur in virtual residence scholarship recipients.

PNWER BIC is financially supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada and the North American Platform Partnership (NAPP).

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Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.


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