Student Startup Success

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Bow Valley College - 2nd Floor South Campus

345 6 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 4V1


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Are you a high school or junior high student who wants to start their own business one day?

Then join us for this free Student Startup Symposium.

Created specifically for high school students and junior high school students, the free Students Startup Symposium is a great place to:

  • Learn new business skills from international speakers

  • Meet local resources available to aspiring and first-time entrepreneurs

  • Be inspired by student entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses and pick your favourite

This event coincides with a special session for teachers and parents on Helping Students Successfully Build an Entrepreneurial Career Path.

Speaker Topics

During the evening, guest speakers will present on "how to" topics.

When you arrive, you will pick two of the following four sessions to attend:

  • Adam Berk: How to know if your idea is a potential winner

  • Cathy Han: How to grow yourself and your business

  • Jonathan Gottfried: How to come up with better business ideas

  • Seah Sheppard: How to get customers


Adam Berk: New York

A head mentor for the global Google Launchpad Accelerator, Adam has helped 1,000’s aspiring entrepreneurs validate their business ideas.

Cathy Han: San Franciso

A native Calgarian and a Y Combinator graduate who is on Forbes’ top 30 under 30 list, Cathy’s company recently placed 3rd at the LVMH Innovation Awards

Jonathan Gottfried: New York

A founder of ‘the’ global student hackathon league and a member of the Forbes to 30 under 30, Jon loves creating new technology and teaching people how to do the same.

Sean Sheppard: San Franciso

A serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits, Sean is a co-founder of GrowthX where tech entrepreneurs learn the art of sales and the science of marketing.

Student Entrepreneurs Showcase

Local high school and junior high students have the opportunity to showcase their businesses and compete for one of three different student entrepreneurship awards as chosen by the participants of the event.

Contact Craig Elias (info below) if you would like to present in the student entrepreneur showcase.


  • 5:30-6:15: Registration, Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 6:15-7:00: Skill Development Session #1

  • 7:00-7:15: Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 7:15-8:00: Skill Development Session #2

  • 8:00-8:15: Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 8:15-8:30: Student Entrepreneur Awards & Closing


This event is hosted by Bow Valley College, is part of the 150 Startups Initiative, and is made possible by the generous support of the RBC Foundation.

Got Questions?

Contact Craig Elias by phone (+1.403.874.2998) or email (

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