A group of Britannia Secondary Business Education students recently competed in the 2015 Junior Achievement of BC Innovation Jam competition, held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. This business competition featured twenty high schools from across the province developing a business idea that had a social mission. The teams then pitched their idea to local business leaders and entrepreneurs from Vancouver's Top Forty Under 40 as well as JABC sponsors.
Britannia formed an enterprise called "The Deep Blue Ocean Co-op" which proposed the creation of a deep sea ecosystem as an alternative to fish farms and the overfishing in local systems.
Although the school did not make the finals, the competition turned out to be an excellent learning experience for all involved. "This was the first business competition for many of these students," remarked Lee Nipp, Business Education Department Head. "I couldn't be more proud of them!"
Students said that the pressure made the experience particularly engaging and exciting and that they were able to learn how other schools approached a similar problem with a different train of thought.
The students were also given an opportunity to network with students across BC and enjoyed meeting the team from their sister department, A.R. MacNeill Secondary, who were also competing in the competition.
"The Deep Blue Ocean Co-op" is now competing for the "People's Choice Distinction" award, a social networking competition that is measured by the number of "likes" on YouTube. If you would like to support these students, please watch their video pitch HERE and "like" them, or watch below and click 'Like'.