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The Paul and Tom Kinnear New Venture Competition

In 2008, the Paul and Tom Kinnear New Venture Competition was established at Smith School of Business to support entrepreneurship among Commerce students. The Kinnear New Venture Competition is open to all Smith undergraduate students who either have an ongoing company or are in the process of establishing a venture. The top team will be awarded $10k that can be used towards creating or ongoing operations of the business.

Looking to compete?

The next Kinnear competition will be held in November 2024.

Past Winners

2022 Results



Nikola Cugalj (BCom‘22)

EcoPod designs and builds four-season backyard studios that can be used as home offices, workout spaces, and music studios. The Ottawa-based company currently offers three customizable models, and another two are coming soon.


  • Chaordinem Consulting
    Calin Ranger (BCom’22), Kitchener Pickford, Johan
  • Sew Brew
    Abby Brewer (BCom’24)
  • Pally
    Jay Lee (BCom’22)