VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 16, 2016) – Dustin Erickson, owner of Float Space and student at the University of British Columbia has been named Enactus Canada’s 2016 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion for British Columbia. Provincial Champions coast to coast were named today by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.
Erickson received the title of Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion because of his vision to not only create a business, but help establish a whole new industry.
Float Space is a four tank float centre in Kelowna designed to explore and enhance the act of weightless floating in total isolation from major sources of external stimulation. This empirically-based stress relief and total optimization technique is known as saltwater isolation or floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimuli Technique).
“Despite not having any formal business training, I knew that patience, persistence, planning, and floating would be my greatest tools,” said Erickson. “Now I am the sole owner of a business helping to lead the way for a brand new industry.”
Erickson will showcase both his business and personal accomplishments as an entrepreneur at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Western Canada in Calgary on March 4, where he will compete for the title of Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion.
“Starting this business has truly changed Dustin’s life,” said Enactus Canada president Nicole Almond. “He has become an entrepreneur and researcher, but also an advocate and a mentor. His commitment to his business, and the entire industry, is representative of the dedication of so many great Canadian entrepreneurs.”
Erickson will compete against three additional Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions from Western Canada for the regional title and the chance to move on to the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario taking place May 2-4. The National Champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and take home the John Dobson Cup.
ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: 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 2,650 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 288 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 enactus.ca.
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