With five grand on the line, it’s no surprise that the 2012 BCIT Student Innovation Challenge brought out a record number of applicants. More than 70 BCIT students from all programs submitted their best business concepts last month. But in the end, the last person standing turned out to be a familiar face.
Business Administration student and current President of BCIT’s Student Association, Nicola Gardner, took home the third annual Challenge for her idea of a food waste collection company called Green Earth.
Joining Nicola in the finals were Weslley Loke, Jag Manhas (Financial Management), Ryan Iacoviello (Marketing Management – Entrepreneurship), Derek Barr (Technology Management) and Curtis Baldwinson (Computer Systems Technology). All six finalists came in with strong, well prepared and creative presentations.
The $1,000 cash runner-up prize went to Jag, who came up with the idea of selling high resolution ad space on napkins.
“I think the Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity for students, it forces them to think outside the box,” said Gardner. “It promotes entrepreneurship and I think that’s fantastic.”
Read more about the 2012 BCIT Student Innovation Challenge on the Applied Research blog.