John Oliver Secondary students win national business pitch competition

Schools & Students

Students from John Oliver Secondary pitched their exciting new business ventures to CEOs and business leaders from the local community at the Summit Leader's Final Pitch Competition last month at UBC. The winning team proposed a business case for an integrated platform that connects students, teachers, parents and school administrators on communications, curriculum, grades, connectivity and updates.

These students, Emily Chu, Maddi Vaisbord and Ronan Livesy, then went on to represent Vancouver in the National Competition. At the national competition, they beat two teams from Toronto and Calgary to win the National Summit Leaders Competition.

The Summit Leaders program was founded four years ago in Toronto and now runs in most major Canadian cities. The core of the Summit Leaders program is a business pitch competition. Students come up with a start-up business idea and develop a business plan to commercialize their product or service over the course of Summit Leaders' three-month program. In Vancouver, UBC graduate student mentors work alongside professional consultants to support teams of high school students to build lifelong networking, business, and teamwork skills as they take a business idea and develop a viable business plan.

Congratulations to the team from John Oliver Secondary and their teachers and mentors!