Twelve finalists will win flights and accommodations to Vancouver to compete for $10,000

If you run a business and are attending a Canadian university or college full time, or you know someone who is, now’s the time to submit your nomination for the Enactus Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by The John Dobson Foundation.

Twelve finalists will win flights and accommodations to attend the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition May 9-11 in Vancouver to pitch their business and compete for the $10,000 grand prize!

“This is an incredible opportunity for student entrepreneurs to gain exposure for their businesses,” explains Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada. “Entrepreneurs are the foundation of this country and Enactus Canada is pleased to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial spirit through this competition.”

The Student Entrepreneur National Competition is the only national initiative of its kind. It aims to help young business leaders network with like-minded students, showcase their venture to top executives and entrepreneurs, and accelerate the growth of their businesses.

Past competition winners include successful entrepreneurs, Ben Barry, Founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, Jen Ger and Suzie Chemel of Foxy Originals jewellery, and Alex MacLean, founder of EastCoast Lifestyle, a clothing and lifestyle brand.

Nominations, including self-nominations, will be accepted at until Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Further Information:
The Student Entrepreneur National Champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the John Dobson Cup.

To be eligible for the award, students and their businesses must meet the following criteria:
• Be a full time undergraduate and/or graduate student at a Canadian university or college for the current academic year
• Be a founder and have at least 25 per cent ownership of the company with no other individual or group with greater ownership, and be the individual primarily responsible for the business’ operation
• Have been in business for at least the past six months
• Have not been a previous National Champion of this competition or competed in the final round of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition during the previous school year


Enactus Canada, this country’s largest student leadership development organization, is shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,734 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 280 community empowerment projects and business ventures this past year in communities coast to coast. As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit

Media Inquiries:
Jennifer Falzon
Director of Marketing and Strategic Growth
Enactus Canada
416.304.1566 ext.222