2nd annual Paul & Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition held at QSB

Posted on March 13, 2009

Commerce student team Campus Connect took home top honours at the second annual Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition held on February 26 at QSB.

Established in 2008 by Dr. Tom Kinnear, BCom’66, LLD’02, the competition awards the winning team $5,000 to the start-up or ongoing operations of their business. Dr. Kinnear is the Director of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan and the founder of the Wolverine Venture Fund, the inspiration for QSB’s own student-advised Tricolour Venture Fund. “Each year QSB Commerce students are invited to submit their business plans to be judged in a preliminary round.  The final four present their plans to a panel of judges that selects the team that is most committed to pursuing the business”, explained Kelley Packalen, competition organizer and QSB Professor of Strategy and Organization.

This year’s judging panel included William White (BA’75, MBA’80), Director, W. White & Associates, Ltd.; Lisanne Hill (BCom’80), President, Contor Industries Ltd.; and Elspeth Murray, Associate Professor & Director – Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCED/QCBV) and CIBC Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship.

Winning team Campus Connect was founded by BCom’09 students David Phillips and Ian MacDonald. The team also won the Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition where they took home $6,000 and the opportunity to pitch their idea to the Dragons on the hit CBC show Dragon’s Den during the 2009 season.