2017 STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR FINALISTS

All 12 finalists will be flown out to Vancouver to pitch their business at the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition for a chance to be named Student Entrepreneur National Champion and win $10,000.

Amr Abdelgawad

NERv is developing an implantable biochip designed to monitor a patient’s health after surgery. The biochip includes embedded biosensors to identify post-operative complications such as internal bleeding and bacterial infection.

Jason Hawkins

Rooted Foods Co. is changing the student grocery game by providing students with convenient access to affordable, local food while simultaneously creating value for farmers.

Victoria Ross

aGRO Systems is dedicated to providing livestock producers with financial stability through sustainable production practices. Producing modular on-farm waste management systems using biotechnology, aGRO Systems processes manure into 100% organic customizable fertilizer.

Torin Regier

Kegshoe Inc. is a software company for the beer industry that is building a SaaS platform specifically for  breweries to help them manage their business. The keg tracking solution, launched one year ago, is already helping breweries worldwide minimize keg loss and increase keg inventory turnover rates. Integrated brewery-specific modules such as CRM, production planning and order fulfillment are also in development to create a fully integrated brewery management platform.

Mitalie Makhani

Groundit is a woman-led startup with a mission of decreasing the carbon footprint of the coffee market. Groundit transforms organic waste and coffee grounds from over 40 coffee shops in Montreal into a high-quality, all natural fertilizer, which is distributed to gardeners as an effective and greener alternative to chemical fertilizer and manure.

Lee-MichaeL Pronko

Milieu is an organization dedicated to democracy and data-driven city building. The web application connects citizens, urban developers and city officials to enhance citizen engagement. It’s designed to crowdsource public feedback, then aggregate and analyze input using cognitive computing tools allowing developers and municipalities to assess public sentiment to make more informed decisions.

Mitchell Hollohan

Site 2020 – a construction technology startup – is a drop in replacement for flaggers on road construction sites. Where you’d typically see two or more flaggers managing traffic on a road construction site, you will now see one person managing traffic on a tablet connected to smart portable traffic lights, increasing safety and cost savings of more than 65 per cent.

Paulo Meneghel

EMERGE Network Solutions Inc. is a mobile application that aims to improve information flow between patients, hospitals and clinics, allowing patients quicker access to healthcare, saving hospitals and clinics time and money while simultaneously increasing quality of care.

Zoey Li

YUMiTRITION is a professional nutrition and food company offering practical and creative food products and solutions to decrease refined carb consumption and achieve healthy blood sugar levels. Their product, YUMiBOX provides convenient and healthy carbohydrate sources from whole grain mixes, while offering discovery and learning opportunities.

Richard Clark

StudentHire provides an innovative solution to post-secondary student problems: high tuition costs, student debt and busy school schedules. StudentHire is a platform where students can connect to one-time job opportunities locally ranging from snow shovelling to graphic design. Homeowners set their price and students can then apply.

Patrick Millward

InteractiveStudios is an Ottawa-based tech company on track to generate $1M in annual sales through the creation and delivery of digital directories. The backend software is designed to analyze user activity, providing clients with rich information allowing them to make better, informed decisions. The provided data would otherwise be very difficult and expensive for clients to obtain independently.

Kevin Nguyen

ImPaper is a paper goods brand that contributes to a social cause with every purchase. Contributions include tree planting, providing vaccinations and providing meals to the poor. With over 400 unique products, ImPaper has delivered over 4000 meals, 1200 tetanus vaccines, and 2000 antimalarial pills to date.

To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly hosted by the John Dobson Foundation. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future.

Learn more about the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.