Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition on the move – Toronto hosts Jan. 19-21 annual event

Posted on January 17, 2012

Toronto, January 10, 2012 – For this first time in its 24-year history, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC) will take place in Toronto. Previously held on campus in Kingston, the competition finals move to Toronto to provide greater accessibility for the competition’s international competitors, judges and speakers. The QEC is Canada’s largest international undergraduate business plan competition and attracts young entrepreneurs from around the world. The competition’s mandate is to foster innovation and provide aspiring entrepreneurs with opportunities to launch successful and sustainable businesses.

After a preliminary round of judging competitors’ business plans, the top 16 teams were invited to compete in the finals in Toronto from Jan. 19 to 21. Competitors will present their business plans to a judging panel comprised of Canadian business leaders who will select the winning entries and award $25,000 in cash prizes.

Networking events will introduce students to representatives of some of Canada’s top companies including TD Bank Financial Group Wealth Management, ONCAP, IBM Canada, Manulife Bank, Level5, LoyaltyOne, Ricoh Canada and Freshii. Keynote speakers include Chris Hodgson, Head of Industry Retail for Google Canada; John Poulos, President and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, and Ted Zittell President at Ted Zittell & Associates.The competition’s founder, Meredith van Binsbergen, BCom’90, will be attending the finals with her husband Steven van Binsbergen, MBA’91.

further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Charlotte Gadon
Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition Public Relations Officer
(613) 532 5695
charlotte.gadon@theqec.com

Backgrounder
Founded in 1988, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition is under the management of undergraduate Commerce students at Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ontario. The QEC is part of the Queen’s Commerce Society, the largest and most successful business student government in Canada. As Canada’s largest international undergraduate business plan competition, the QEC seeks to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and mentors, and develop and bring their business ideas to reality through competition for cash prizes.


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