To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and advancing the Canadian economy. This past year alone, Enactus Canada student entrepreneurs and their business ventures have employed 180 people and generated nearly $4.5 million in revenue.

Every year, student entrepreneurs present their businesses to panels of Canada’s industry leaders in national competitions in order to be named Student Entrepreneur National Champion.

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations for the 2023-24 Student Entrepreneur National Competition will be opening on October 2, 2023. The nomination deadline for the 2023-2024 Student Entrepreneur National Competition is December 5, 2023.


The Student Entrepreneur National Competition is the largest national program to focus solely on full-time Canadian post-secondary student entrepreneurs. It recognizes and rewards student entrepreneurs from across the country for their dedication and ambition, while offering support to ensure the success of their business.

Since 1997 Enactus Canada has operated this competition to celebrate the commitment, determination, and achievements of student entrepreneurs. This competition is open to full-time students at Canadian universities or colleges who are simultaneously operating their businesses.


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. Students must be enrolled full-time in at least two of three semesters between May 2023 and April 2024 to be eligible for the competition.
  • Be a founder and have at least 25% ownership of the company with no other individual or group with greater ownership, and must be the individual primarily responsible for the business’ operation.
  • Have not been a previous National Champion of this competition or competed in the Final Round of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition in the previous school year.

Competition Details

Nomination and Application Process:

  • In the Fall of every year, nominations for the Student Entrepreneur National Competition are accepted through an online nomination process. The nomination deadline is December 5, 2023
  • Upon nomination, nominees receive an application via email
  • Nominees have until January 9, 2024 to submit their completed application to Enactus Canada

Finalist Selection Process:

  • Nominees are asked to submit a written application outlining their company and their experience as an entrepreneur
  • Judges review applications and independently rank their top thirty (30) applications.
  • A separate panel of judges will independently select their top twelve (12) applicants to be named finalists in the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.

Digital Round of Competition:

  • These twelve (12) finalists will then compete in a digital round of competition where they will have a recorded video pitch, up to 5 minutes in length, about their business to supplement their application form.
  • Judges will independently rank according to the judging criteria and will select three finalists who will move on to the live in-person Final Round of Competition.

Final Round of Competition:

  • The three (3) finalists will present their ventures to a panel of top executives and industry leaders at the Enactus Canada National Exposition taking place May 14-16, 2024.
  • Judges will determine the Student Entrepreneur National Champion

Additional details can be found in the 2023-2024 Student Entrepreneur Handbook

Prizes and Media Coverage

  • Three (3) finalists will receive complimentary lodging and travel to attend the Enactus Canada National Exposition
  • The Student Entrepreneur National Champion (1st) will receive a $10,000 cash prize
  • The Student Entrepreneur National Runner-Up (2nd) will receive a $4,000 cash prize
  • The Student Entrepreneur National Second Runner-Up (3rd) will receive a $2,000 cash prize
  • Enactus Canada pursues local and national media coverage for each finalist and national champion

To nominate a student Entrepreneur, click here