Six youth entrepreneurs from HELIX, Seneca's on-campus incubator, recently competed in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch competition at Markham Campus. The Indo-Canadian Innovative Project Competition was presented in partnership with the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), a postsecondary institution in India.
Each team of entrepreneurs presented a brief business pitch to a panel of local industry judges, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session. City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was also in attendance, and kicked off the competition with opening remarks acknowledging the City’s ongoing relationship with its international partners in India. The winning entrepreneurs were Paulo Meneghel, EMERGE; Travis Clements-Khan, NextGen Labs; Kevin Bache, Medistream; and Chester Wu, Besify. They have secured an all-expenses paid trip to India next month as well as $5,000 in seed funding.
Pictured above, back row, left to right: Chris Dudley, Director, HELIX; Vanessa Williamson, Dean, Applied Research and Innovation; HELIX winners Paulo Meneghel, Travis Clements-Khan, Kevin Bache, Chester Wu; and competition judge Aaron Balinsky, Air Canada. Front row, left to right: judges Ida Singh, National Institute of Financial Management in India; Yona Baskharoun, Quanser; Hadi Shaheen, Seneca International; and Huyen Hare, City of Markham.