Thanks in part to scholarships awarded at the 2019 Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), nineteen students attended the STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp last week, organized by York University’s Bergeron’s Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) program. The STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp allows some of Canada’s most talented and accomplished student innovators to examine their award-winning projects with a critical eye to see how they can transform their novel ideas into successful businesses.
“Opportunities like these allow students to grow as innovators, while also encouraging them to elevate their projects to the next level,” says Reni Barlow, Executive Director at Youth Science Canada. “We are grateful to our partners like Rogers and York University, who see the value of investing in young Canadian entrepreneurs.
Held at the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the weeklong program allowed participating students to meet with fellow entrepreneurs, network with former BEST graduates and experience the process of transforming their technology solution into a viable business, supported by BEST and faculty and resources at York University from the Lassonde School of Engineering, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.
“Over the past fifteen years, we have worked with hundreds of technology entrepreneurs to guide their venture creation process,” adds Andrew Maxwell, Director of the BEST program. “This bootcamp is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our expertise and experience with Canada-Wide Science Fair winners to stimulate a greater interest in using technologies to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and encourage more of our youth to maximize their positive impact on society.”
Ten students won full scholarships as part of the Ted Rogers Innovation Award. Three were awarded scholarships to the program from York University. Winners were selected based on their 2019 CWSF project showing great entrepreneurial spirit and potential for commercial viability.
“At Rogers, we are dedicated to helping young people unleash their potential and learn innovative skills that will be so important for future generations,” says Peter King, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rogers. “We are proud to provide ten full scholarships to help youth bring their ideas to life at the STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.”
The complete list of winners and finalists from the 2019 Canada-Wide Science Fair can be found at cwsf.youthscience.ca.
The 2020 Canada-Wide Science Fair will be held May 9-15 in Edmonton.
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About STEM Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Youth Science Canada and Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology offer Canada’s top young innovators an opportunity to develop their science projects into a viable business. Importantly, the experiential learning approach helps participants learn both the creative problem-solving skills they will need for future career success and how they might personally contribute to generating Canada’s next high-growth technology ventures.
About Youth Science Canada
Established in 1962, Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. We work to ensure that Canadian youth have the capacity and skills to generate and answer questions and identify and solve problems. The not-for-profit also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national STEM network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit https://youthscience.ca/
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