Students test entrepreneurial skills to make Okanagan better

Unleash Okanagan gives post-secondary students an avenue to find innovative solutions to pressing social problems, Nov. 21.

  • Nov. 13, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts and Technology and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participate in a unique case competition designed to find innovative solutions to pressing social problems.

The event, Unleash Okanagan,  will take place Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Accelerate Okanagan,  organized by Enactus Okanagan College.

“This is a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” said Karen Vandergaag, a student with Enactus Okanagan College.

In September, Enactus teams from across Canada were invited to submit a proposal to receive funding for an entrepreneurship event they would host during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 17 to 23.

Enactus Okanagan College was selected as a winning team for their event, a social innovation case competition open to all post-secondary students in all disciplines.

During the event, participants will be broken into teams of four.

Each team, which will be comprised of representatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours to design a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing on social, environmental, and economic impacts.

At the end of the event, the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionals and alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will be presented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.

It’s only $20 to take part and registrants will receive lunch and refreshments. Sign up at until Nov. 18.

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This initiative is supported by the RBC Foundation, Futurpreneur Canada, Enactus Canada and the Foundation for an Entrepreneurial Canada.

For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit

For more information about Enactus Okanagan College, visit


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