WINNIPEG, May 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - From May 15 to 17, the University of Manitoba will host the twelfth edition of E-Spirit, a business plan competition for Aboriginal students in grades 10 to 12, created and organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). 160 Aboriginal high school students from across the nation will be presenting their business plans and will compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze trophy as well as for one of the 13 special achievement awards.
"We are striving to make Manitoba a centre of excellence for Indigenous education," said Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manitoba. "Celebrating student success is a key element of our strategy. We are proud to host the 2012 E-Spirit Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition and welcome future business leaders who plan to reshape their communities through entrepreneurship."
The University of Manitoba will provide venues for several BDC E-Spirit events and on-campus accommodation for all the participating students. Seven teams from Manitoba qualified to compete in the business plan competition finals.
"This year, BDC E-Spirit has come full circle: the first edition of the competition launched in Winnipeg in 2001," said Wilson Neapew, National Director, Aboriginal Banking Unit at BDC. "We want to thank the University of Manitoba, one Canada's premier hubs for Aboriginal education, for their support. Business plan competitions such as E-Spirit expose students to the potential of entrepreneurship and help them discover how communication technology can be used for business and networking purposes."
About BDC E-Spirit
E-Spirit is a 16 week web-based competition for Aboriginal high school students in grades 10 to 12 that provides interactive business planning resources, online access to mentoring and extensive student networking opportunities, via the web and in person. The E-Spirit competition was created and developed by BDC and is supported by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and by the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones, Government of Quebec.
Other BDC E-Spirit supporters include:
1) City of Winnipeg (Aboriginal Youth Strategy) - Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak
2) Red River College (RRC) - School of Business and Applied Arts
3) Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
4) Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN)
5) Université Laval
6) University of Manitoba
7) University of Manitoba - Asper School of Business
8) MTS Services
9) Asham Curling Supplies
10) Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM)
About the University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is committed to Indigenous Achievement and to ensuring the success of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students and graduates. Drawing on the unique characteristics bred in its namesake province, the University of Manitoba nurtures leaders who have the strength and resolve, the vision and commitment, to transform communities for the better, at home and around the globe.
Canada's business development bank, BDC, puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 1,900 employees and more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC offers financing, subordinate financing, venture capital and consulting services to 29,000 small and medium-sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada's economic prosperity.
For further information:
Client Relations Coordinator, Indigenous Achievement
University of Manitoba
Advisor, Public Relations