Student entrepreneurs vie for $5,000 in prizes in Georgian Den competition April 10
March 30, 2017

Irin Avery (left) and Marco Duarte were part of a team of five Georgian students that won the grand prize in the 2016 Georgian Dean competition with their College Coders business concept.

Irin Avery, left, and Marco Duarte were part of a team of five Georgian students that won the grand prize in the 2016 Georgian Den competition with their College Coders business concept. (Georgian College/Doug Crawford)

Georgian student entrepreneurs are sharpening the pitches they will soon be making to judges in the annual Georgian Den competition at the Barrie Campus. The stakes are high, with $5,000 in cash prizes to support student entrepreneurship.

A total of 35 student teams from the Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Business and Management, and Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation academic areas are participating. The event takes place Monday, April 10 from 2 to 7 p.m .

Over the current semester, students have developed ideas for new businesses and then created comprehensive business plans. Each group hopes to have what it takes to win the premier spot in the Georgian Den.

Students first compete in an elimination round in which they showcase their business concepts and pitch their ideas to preliminary judges, made up of faculty, alumni and industry professionals. The six top-scoring groups will earn a spot in the final round of the Georgian Den, where teams will compete for cash prizes.

The elimination trade show to determine finalists runs in the foyer of H Building from 2 to 5 p.m. The final round and award ceremony takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rowntree Theatre.