Two Queen's students named Ontario entrepreneur champions
Queen's commerce student Scott Metherell and Joel Warsh, a Master's student in Epidemiology and Community Health, have been named as finalists in a national competition. The National Student Entrepreneur Competition is presented by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE), a national charitable organization. The competition gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their businesses, get relevant training and establish mentor relationships to accelerate the growth of their ventures.
Mr. Metherell, a full-time student, owns BigRedWorks Inc., a student-run cottage maintenance company that provides services to the island residents of Honey Harbour, Ont.. Services include lawn maintenance, painting, deck and dock construction and barging services. His company has seen 39 per cent revenue growth, employs 15 students, and serves 450 customers.
Mr. Warsh is the owner/operator of International Innovation MD, a medical technology and website design business that develops healthcare and scientific websites. The company founded and publishes the Canadian Journal of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, employs seven staff members, provides bilingual services for clients in eastern Canada, and has worked with Pfizer, as well as both McGill and Queen's Universities.
The regional round of competition will take place at the 2009 ACE Regional Exposition in Toronto on Friday, March 13. The provincial champions will each make a presentation about their business to a panel of professionals. Two regional champions will be chosen, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash prize and move on to the final round of competition taking place at the 2009 ACE National Exposition in Toronto on May 6. The national champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and get a chance to represent Canada at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
For more information, visit www.aceexpos.ca.