Enterprize Canada and the BC Innovation Council capture the creativity of tomorrow's leaders with the launch of the Innovation Challenge


    VANCOUVER, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Renowned as Canada's leading entrepreneurial
conference and largest student-run business plan competition, Enterprize
Canada provides a glimpse into the future of Canadian innovation and growth.

    Hosted and organized under the leadership of students from the University
of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, Enterprize Canada is a
multi-faceted conference that links prominent young Canadian entrepreneurs
from coast-to-coast through a broad spectrum of events. Student delegates are
connected with industry leaders and budding entrepreneurs through a variety of
interactive workshops, excellent networking opportunities, keynote
presentations, a gala dinner and awards ceremony.

    Enterprize Chairperson Boris Remes says they hope "to inspire students to
think innovatively, have fun, and allow them to experience firsthand what it's
like to make some of the tough choices of a budding entrepreneur."

    Enterprize is now in its eighth year and this will be the first time
Sauder's flagship conference will feature the Innovation Challenge, a
partnered initiative with the BC Innovation Council (BCIC).

    "This is truly a unique opportunity for business students to apply their
knowledge to real-world business scenarios," said Dean Rockwell, CEO, BCIC.
"The Innovation Challenge is a great example of how we are supporting young
entrepreneurs to take their innovative ideas and translate them into
commercial successes."

    At the Innovation Challenge, delegates will bring to life advanced
technology innovations while working with several changing constraints and
resources as seen in the real business world. Upon completion of the
challenge, products will be evaluated by a panel of representatives and prizes
will be awarded to the winning teams.

    Innovation Challenge Event Details

    February 7, 2009, 9:30-11:30 am, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard
Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Media Opportunities

    To schedule an interview with the Enterprize Canada organizing committee,
conference delegates and speakers, please contact Nigel Hole by e-mail to
nigel.hole@enterprizecanada.org or phone 778.891.9350 by February 5, 2009.

    About the BC Innovation Council

    The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization charged with
advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia. BCIC is
focused on accelerating the growth of our science and technology communities
and competitively positioning British Columbia in the global science and
technology economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities
and a high standard of living for British Columbians. BCIC is a Crown agency
of the Province of British Columbia. For more information about BCIC, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Nigel Hole, External Relations
Director, Enterprize Canada, (778) 891-9350, nigel.hole@enterprizecanada.org;
Stephanie Leung, Communications Coordinator, British Columbia Innovation
Council, (604) 602-5249, 1-800-665-7222, sleung@bcic.ca

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