Record Number of Students Taking Part in Entrepreneur Week 2009
Waterloo - The future potential entrepreneurs of
Waterloo Region - young people from some of the area's secondary schools --
are gathering for a special day on Wednesday, November 11th to hear what it
takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Some 250 students will converge on
Bingeman's Conference Centre to listen to entrepreneurs and share ideas
about how to turn innovative ideas into a viable business. It's the fourth
annual Leading Edge Youth Entrepreneurship Conference staged in conjunction
with Communitech's annual Entrepreneur Week.
"We're looking forward to this year's program with a record turnout of
students," said Alayne Hynes, program manager of the Business and Education
Partnership (BEP) and event organizer. "It's great to see that teachers
recognize the importance of entrepreneurism and are supportive of students
The conference includes presentations by various area entrepreneurs, and
hands-on opportunities for students to develop and present business plans.
Students participating are involved in the STEM program (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Math), business stream, or DECA Ontario program at
their respective schools.
"It's a priority for us to include students in Entrepreneur Week activities
because they literally will be the future workforce and drivers of
entrepreneurism," said Iain Klugman, president and CEO of Communitech.
"Especially in a challenging economy, having the knowledge and ability to
run a business puts these young people in an ideal position to succeed."
Presenters involved in the Youth Conference include:
- Natalie McNeil of garageentrepreneur.com
- Paul Maxwell of Maxwell's Music House
- Lina Shamoun of Artline Salon
- Barry Bisson of Shad Valley
- Christine Dwyer of Junior Achievement
- Jaclyn Konzelmann of EPIC
In addition to the high school student program, a Science Superheroes
lecture will be held for teachers and guidance counselors from Waterloo
Region to help increase understanding of career opportunities for young
people in the fields of science, tech, engineering and math. Entrepreneur
Week 2009 also features events at two local universities. Facebook
co-founder Chris Hughes will speak at the University of Waterloo and Andy
Macaulay of ZiG will speak at Wilfrid Laurier.
Entrepreneur Week in Waterloo Region is the largest such event of its kind in North America and coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week. For further information about Entrepreneur Week in the Region go to: http://entrepreneurweek.somethingon.com/