Twelve finalists will compete for the Student Entrepreneur National Champion title and $10,000

TORONTO, ON (SEPTMBER 14, 2020) – If you are a full-time college or university student in Canada and run your own business (or know someone who is), now’s the time to submit your nomination for the Enactus Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada.

Twelve finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of business executives and compete for $10,000. The Student Entrepreneur National Runner-Up will receive $4,000, and the Second Runner-Up will receive a $2,000.

“This is an incredible opportunity for student entrepreneurs to gain exposure for their businesses,” says Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada. “Entrepreneurs are the foundation of this country and we are proud to support young, hardworking students who are creating new jobs and working together to advance the Canadian economy.”

The Student Entrepreneur National Competition 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 Ross Arsenault of Ashored Innovations, a business dedicated to developing sustainability-enabling technologies for the commercial fishing industry, Amr Abdelgawad, COO of NERv Technology, a health tech startup, and Alex MacLean, founder of EastCoast Lifestyle, a notorious clothing and lifestyle brand worn by celebrities such as Sidney Crosby and Ed Sheeran.

Last year, Blair Forrest, owner of AMZ Prep Canada and full-time student at Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, was named 2020 Student Entrepreneur National Champion. AMZ Prep Canada is a business dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes sell their products on Amazon’s marketplace.

Nominations, including self-nominations, due November 16, 2020 at

To be eligible for the competition, students and their businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student at a Canadian university or college for the current academic year
  • Be a founder and have at least 25% ownership of the company with no other individual or group with greater ownership, and be the individual primarily responsible for the business’ operations
  • Have not been a previous National Champion of this competition or competed in the final round of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition last year.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,417 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 275 community outreach projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 39,000 lives. 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:
Gaston Calzato
Enactus Canada