Be Brave, Take Risks: Celebrating the Entrepreneur’s Journey

The crowd was electric Global Entrepreneurship Week closed out with a bang at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa on Thursday, November 21st. Pilar’s Catering of hors d’ouvres and bite-sized chocolate wonders kept guests happy as they mingled and waited for the program to begin. Marissa McTasney, CEO and Founder of Moxie Trades inspired us with her bravado and entrepreneurial passion as the Emcee.

Entrepreneurs of all ages and stages gathered to find out the winners of the three Do It In Durham Competitions: the Money Chase, the Find it in Durham Scavenger Hunt, and the Business Case Study competition.

The finalists made their pitches in front of an energetic crowd of nearly 200, and the winners of each competition are:

1. The Money Chase

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Clipter – Brent Madill & Chris Recalis – Brent and Chris delivered a great pitch for their mobile app Clipter, a video sharing platform that allows the user to tell a story through automated stitching of multiple videos. This winning pitch scored the Clipter team $2,500 cash and $2,500 in-kind.

2. Find it in Durham Scavenger Hunt

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James Frendo-Cumbo was the winner of the scavenger hunt and $1,000 cash. You can watch the dynamic video he submitted here: Scavenger Hunt Video Submission

3. Case Study Competition

Winners of the Case Study Competition Justin Mathew and Kishan Patel presented a compelling pitch on the health-care focused business case, and were rewarded with $500 cash.

Finally, the program concluded with an excellent presentation by Nick Boothman, author of ‘Be Brave, Take Risks’. Nick’s message was clear: to be successful you have to be willing to take risks – something that entrepreneurs no doubt can appreciate.

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