SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 16, 2015 15:00 ET

New Haskayne course offers students chance at over $100,000 to start business

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 16, 2015) - How far would you go for a chance to win $100,000 to start your own business? Twelve teams of second-year Haskayne School of Business students will pitch their most innovative ideas for a chance at start up cash and in-kind prizes at the RBC Fast Pitch Competition.

The competition is the culmination of Entrepreneurial Thinking 317, a newly launched, first-of-its-kind course in Canada that offers an intensive, experiential learning opportunity. The course saw 450 students from the fall and winter semesters collectively. In addition to classroom learning, student teams were supported by Team Hunter volunteers and benefited from 782 hours of in-depth consultations with industry experts, 208 hours of rigorous problem-solving, and were supported by 90 business advisers, 52 industry consultants and 50 judges to help develop their own new business concepts to pitch as part of the RBC Fast Pitch Competition. 

Ninety student teams competed to be among 12 finalists. Now, the finalists will compete head-to-head before 12 prominent business leaders in Calgary for a chance to bring their new venture to life.

See the backgrounder for a list of finalists and judges for the RBC Fast Pitch Competition.

RBC Fast Pitch Competition

April 17, 2015
Breakfast: 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Opening address: 8 - 8:15 a.m.
Presentations: 8:20 - 11:35 a.m.
Awards and reception: 11:35 - 12:30 p.m.

University of Calgary Downtown Campus - 906 8th Ave SW

Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business
Kimberley Neutens, Director, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' 

About the Haskayne School of Business
The Haskayne School of Business was founded at the University of Calgary in 1967, and was named in honour of Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, in 2002. The business school has approximately 3300 full- and part-time students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and executive education programs, and stays connected with its more than 21,000 alumni in 80 countries worldwide.

The vision of the Haskayne School of Business is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence for business education, research, and community outreach, with a special emphasis on the distinct elements that define Calgary and Alberta: energy, entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership.

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    Janelle Morris 
    Communications Advisor 
    Haskayne School of Business
    University of Calgary 
    Phone: 403.220.6153
    Cell: 403.585.1436