Students at Enactus Okanagan College are empowering women in our community with the support of a grant received from the Walmart foundation. The Walmart Women Economic Empowerment grant is awarded to help change the lives of countless women around the world and Enactus Okanagan College received the grant to change the lives of selected women in Penticton. The students partnered with Birthright Penticton, and Neon Wolfe Creations to put on a program called MOMentum. This 12 week program teaches mothers the basics of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and healthy cooking classes. We would like to congratulate Fiona Rodney and Elizabeth Lysons for being awarded $100 RESP’s. We also received a donation from Telus for a third $100 RESP awarded to Jessie Ballingall.
It doesn’t seem too long ago that entrepreneurs, investors, and guests gathered at Okanagan College for the Venture Okanagan (VO) fall Investor Forum. Since this time the VO team has been diligent preparing for the 2013 spring forum and growing the VO community. VO is excited to have the Kelowna Chamber on board as a community sponsor. By supporting VO the Kelowna Chamber is helping to foster entrepreneurship in the Okanagan. As well, Venture Okanagan is pleased to have Grant Thorton LLP as the repeat title accounting sponsor and joyfully welcomes new title banking sponsor Prosper Credit Union. To kick off the year Venture Okanagan has also joined forces with Center for Arts and Technology’s leading senior Graphic Design and Web Development student Colt Hogh. With an impressive portfolio under “Ergoh Creative” VO is eager to have Hogh work with the team to bring new life to the VO brand and marketing materials. Finally, VO is excited to welcome SHAW Communications as a new community sponsor for 2013. Entrepreneurs will have a chance to win SHAW Business Solutions packages to help them grow their new ventures. To add to the excitement, less than a month away a new set of hand-selected entrepreneurs will be pitching at Venture Okanagan’s sixth Investors Forum at Okanagan College. On Wednesday April 3rd entrepreneurs will present their businesses to accredited investors, business leaders, and the VO community. The top presenter will be walking away with a cash prize of $5000 provided by the esteemed VO title sponsors Grant Thorton LLP and Prospera Credit Union. With cash on the line entrepreneurs are stepping up their game and putting their best foot forward. Guests will have the opportunity to connect with presenters [...]
Enactus Canada Regional Exposition 2013 was a whirlwind experience! Competition day began with early morning tech checks and our first team presenting at 9am. There were two leagues in each category: Capital One Financial Education Challenge TD Entrepreneurship Challenge Scotiabank Eco-living Green Challenge Teams from the top universities and colleges in Western Canada, spanning from Manitoba to British Columbia, presented on a range of projects. After the last presentation, the teams filed in for the closing ceremonies. The energy in the room was indescribable! Enactus OC and Enactus TRU had each brought the largest contingent of members, representing central BC with outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude. The final results were announced: Enactus OC proudly walked away with a Bronze in Financial Literacy, Gold in Entrepreneurship, and Gold in Eco-living Green! Also worth noting is a brand new team from Enactus Medicine Hat College, who have been in operations for only six months and took home the bronze in their league of the Financial Education Challenge – a perfect example of the entrepreneurial spirit in action! Enactus Okanagan College would like to congratulate all the teams for their dedication and hard work, and we are looking forward to the National Exposition in Toronto in May. A special shout out to our amazing faculty advisors, member and alumni support, and to Okanagan College for helping us make this years’ regional exposition a success! Final Results TD Entrepreneurship Challenge League A Winner: Okanagan College Runner-Up: Mount Royal University Second Runner-Up: University of Saskatchewan League B Winner: University of Calgary Runner-Up: Thompson Rivers University Second Runner-Up: University of Victoria Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge League A Winner: University of Calgary Runner-Up: Thompson Rivers University League B Winner: Okanagan College Runner-Up: Mount Royal University [...]
The Enactus Charity Challenge Once again Enactus Okanagan College is inviting you to take part in the second annual Enactus Charity Challenge.
Hey, Enactus Cactus here reporting to you live from the Western Canada Regional Exposition! It was a jam packed day today! Support team members have all arrived and our whole team is fueled with energy and excitement. The presentation teams have been through rounds and rounds of practices and some prickly Q&A sessions, it all comes down to tomorrow.
Competition season is upon us! Enactus Okanagan College will be travelling to Calgary, AB this year to participate in the participate in the Enactus Canada Western Regional Exposition! Over 20 teams from all over Western Canada will compete in three categories: Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Eco-Living Green. Enactus OC members on each topic team have been working hard to write scripts and develop presentations that highlight our community outreach projects.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna along with the Kelowna community food bank and The Salvation Army are pleased to bring you the fourth annual Canstruction 2013! Every year Enactus OC , in partnership with Okanagan College civil engineering students, participates in this event and submits a structure. All items used to make the structure are donated to the Kelowna food bank. As part of the Help Hunger Disappear project, Canstruction helps raise food, funds, and awareness for local hunger initiatives. This years theme for the Enactus OC structure is “Keeping Family Close” It’s three people of different culture coming around a tree to symbolize a family tree and to show that family can be a blend of different cultures just like a community is. Also the reason why we had a slogan keeping family close is because our community is very much an extention of our family. This structure was one of our biggest structures yet coming in at a total of 7,474 items when it was all finished. Tara Chalmers, Help Hunger Disappear Kelowna Project Manager The sponsors that helped make the dream of building this sculpture a reality are Campbells, Sun Rype, Alpin & Martin Consultants Ltd, Okanagan College and Spider Agile Technology. This structure took approximately three days to build with Civil Engineer students Carson Todd, Matthew Kielpinski, Mitch Bariesheff, Petrus Stofberg and Trevor Siemens and Enactus members Tara Chalmers, Glen Larkin, Scott Harvey, Axel Funk, and Karen Vandergaag. There are several award categories for the event, and you can vote either on the Canstruction website or Facebook! Sow your support and vote for us now!
Partnered with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Enactus Okanagan College is committed to the Greater Vernon Business Excellence Awards. This year we hope to give recognition where recognition is due by discovering, auditing, and awarding green businesses in the area for their earth conscious business practices. But we need your help!…
Since the launch of our new brand, Enactus Okanagan College has been getting some great exposure in our communities! We are back in action for the second semester of the school year and gearing up for some exciting stuff including the Help Hunger Disappear “Canstruction” event, the spring Venture Okanagan Investor forum, fundraisers across the valley, and more. Check out our most recent article and keep your eyes peeled for more to come! Vernon Morning Star
Friday Night at the Laurel Packing house in Kelowna, Enactus OC had the pleasure of helping out at the annual Accelerate Okanagan Kickoff party. Over 300 people from the local technology community came out to enjoy music, dancing, and local food and drinks. That’s not all though (the folks at AO know how to throw a well rounded party!), there were also casino games and the “Blue Room” blind networking presented by event sponsor, KPMG. The set up was fabulous, the drinks were flowing, and the food was delish – Enactus OC members mixed and mingled while helping the AO team check in party-goers and sell raffle tickets for the cool prizes. In true tech fashion check in was via QR code scanned by iPads & iPhones, there was a live Twitter feed projected on screen featuring #AOkickoff and a geeky photo booth for Instagram pics provided by Digital Okanagan. This is definitely the party of the year so far, big thanks to Accelerate Okanagan for the wicked time, looking forward to next year!