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Students test their entrepreneurial skills to make the Okanagan a better place

Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts andTechnology, and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participatein a unique case competition designed to find innovative solutions topressing social problems. The event, Unleash Okanagan, is taking placeNov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. atAccelerate Okanagan, and is being organized by Enactus Okanagan College.
 
“Thisis a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourageinnovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” says KarenVandergaag a student with Enactus Okanagan College.
 
InSeptember, Enactus teams from across Canada were invited to submit aproposal to receive funding for an entrepreneurship event they wouldhost during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 17 to 23.
 
EnactusOkanagan College was selected as a winning team for their event, asocial innovation case competition open to all post-secondary studentsin all disciplines.
 
During the event, participants will bebroken into teams of four. Each team, which will be comprised ofrepresentatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours todesign a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing onsocial, environmental, and economic impacts. At the end of the event,the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionalsand alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will bepresented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.
 
It’sonly $20 to take part and registrants will receive lunch andrefreshments. Sign up at www.unleashokanagan.eventbrite.com until Nov.18.
 
Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
Thisinitiative is supported by the RBC Foundation and presented byFuturpreneur Canada, Enactus Canada and the Foundation for anEntrepreneurial Canada.
 
For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit www.futurpreneur.ca/unleashentrepreneurs.
 
For more information about Enactus Okanagan College, visit: www.enactusoc.ca.