Thomas Hennig, a Business – Entrepreneurship student, is the winner of the 2015 Georgian Den competition for his idea: a barging service on Georgian Bay.
Approximately 45 student groups competed in the first round of the competition, where they presented their new business concepts in a trade show setting. Judges were experienced business professionals from the college and the local community.
The top six groups earned a spot in the final round. Presenting to a crowd of people, plus the high profile judges, was a little nerve-wracking but Thomas says once he got up there, he knew exactly what he was talking about and was comfortable. The judges awarded him first prize, which netted him $5,000. Casino Rama donated $10,000 in prizes for the top six individuals or teams.
Arthemise Lalonde, professor in Georgian’s Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs, says the Georgian Den competition is a true validation of the students’ learning and efforts throughout the semester.
“The competition provides the students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a true-to-life business situation, where industry professionals critique and analyze, but also offer support and guidance to our next generation of business leaders,” she adds.
Thomas plans to use his winnings to launch his business, Precision Holdings, mid-May.