12 2016

Meet the Next Generation of GTA Entrepreneurs in the Dragons’ Nest

May 12th 2016
The Learning Partnership’s program creates student entrepreneurs right within their classrooms
Toronto, ON – May 9, 2016 – On Wednesday, May, 18, 2016, The Learning Partnership will host the Dragons’ Nest finale from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St. The finale will feature eight teams of students chosen from high schools across the GTA pitching business ventures to a panel of judges.
The Dragons’ Nest program enables students to become entrepreneurs, right in their classrooms. The Learning Partnership matches teachers and business mentors from their community to help students create, develop and launch a real venture in class that raises funds for a charity of their choosing. Teams must develop products or services to meet a market need, create a plan to sell their idea, then film a video pitch and submit it to The Learning Partnership. The top teams make their pitch in person to a panel of Dragons at the Finale.
The program develops students’ entrepreneurial thinking, exposes them to the basics of project management, creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, business financial literacy and go-to market skills.
The Dragons’ Nest aligns directly with the Ontario Secondary Business Curriculum. Since the program officially launched in February, students from the Toronto District School Board, the Peel District School Board, the York Region District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the York Region Catholic District School Board have participated.
The final 8 pitches include (click to view their creative video submissions):  
Top ventures win auto-entry to Ryerson University’s The Launch Zone Summer Company with continued mentorship and up to $3,000 to support their venture.
The Learning Partnership is delighted to have the support of BMO as a partner for this program, and the support of the panel of Dragons, including:
  • Franceen Bernstein: Managing Director, Enterprise Delivery and Guest Experience, BMO’s Institute for Learning
  • Maria Carvalho: Program Coordinator of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning programs, Toronto District School Board
  • Vikas Jain: Small Business Advisor, City of Toronto
  • Joe Rizzi: Senior Vice-President, Rogers
  • Dr. Sean Wise: Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University, Host of The Naked Entrepreneur
About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables: innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs.
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