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Laurier SBE students pitch to a dragon

Mar 13/13


Megan Harris | | ext 2948

Laurierís first-year business students had the opportunity of a lifetime on Friday evening - they pitched their new ventures to a dragon! As part of Laurierís PepsiCo Pitch Competition, twelve finalists from an original group of 1200 students took the stage in front of surprise panelist David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and a member of CBCís Dragonís Den.

Chilton was joined on the panel by Michael Pavan, general manager and vice president, Ontario area sales, PepsiCo Foods Canada; Ryan Brez (BBA`04), senior national accounts manager, PepsiCo Beverages Canada; Tina Venema, founder and chief executive officer, Philanthrokids, and Greg Overholt (BBA`08), founder, Students Offering Support.

Congratulations to the 2013 winner: Geo Miller and his new venture "FreshRack". 

1st Runner Up: Miranda Smelt with her new venture "Adapt-a-Pack".

2nd Runner Up: Jean-Paul Hudon with his new venture "The Recyclix"

About Laurier's PepsiCo Pitch Competition

The competition is sponsored by PepsiCo Canada and David Chilton `92, author of The Wealthy Barber and a member of CBCís Dragonís Den. All first year students are required to develop an Ďelevatorí pitch for their new venture ideas as a lead-in to the year-end New Venture Competition. Eighty-four students were selected to move on to this prestigious PepsiCo Pitch Competition. The competition, developed by Allan in 2010, builds more soft-skill development into the business curriculum to introduce students to the 'art of the pitch' early in their first year.

All 12 finalists receive cash scholarships and the top students receive guaranteed summer or co-op interviews with PespsiCo.

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