Updated: May 14
Notre Dame has been participating in the Ennovate program for six years. This past weekend, three Grade 12 students took their Planet Paint business pitch to the finals and won the entire competition.
ND's Entrepreneurship 12 class participates in the UBC Ennovate program every year/semester, where students create a class-wide business surrounding a product or service, marketing and selling it accordingly. Results are compiled, and a pitch is prepared for presentation at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
On Saturday, January 21, Grade 12 students Laetitia Bousaleh, Maddisen Ching, and Paulina Rahman ventured to UBC with their Entrepreneurship teacher, Ms. Chalhotra, to present their Planet Paint business. There are two rounds of business pitches during the day, which runs from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
The CISVA was well represented in the finals, with ND and two teams from Holy Cross making up half of the remaining competition.
Bousaleh, Ching, and Rahman ultimately beat out 11 contenders to take first place at Ennovate.
All three also won Most Valuable Player. Some judges were so impressed that they encouraged the girls to stay connected over LinkedIn for future opportunities at workplaces like RBC.
For Ms. Chalhotra, Saturday's victory is an exceptionally proud moment:
I have been a part of the Ennovate program since graduating from ND, where I have taught workshops and ran the program itself, so being a teacher whose students have won first place is incredible.