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Competitions for High School Students

At Huron we always seek out the next generation of innovative thinkers who are passionate about improving the state of the world and possess the potential to bring about positive change in the communities in which they live.

These competitions for high school students allow you to learn from our expert professors, dive deep into ideas you are most passionate about and develop practical outcomes.

Huron plays its part in both the search for new ideas and the mentoring of compassionate leaders who make the world a better place for all. We’re organizing two exciting competitions to help you showcase your potential and earn big prizes to turn your ideas into reality. Will you answer the call to lead?

Innovators of Tomorrow: Business Pitch

Ready to turn your business dream into reality? Learn first-hand from our expert faculty on how to develop a go-to-market business plan for your own innovative start-up idea and prepare a pitch for it.

Did you know Canada’s top three largest companies and 85% of Canada’s Fortune Global 500 companies have had Huron alumni in leadership roles? As a university with a legacy of developing some of Canada’s most impactful business leaders, we’ve created this competition for students who are curious about exploring the world of business and entrepreneurship – and maybe starting the next big thing one day.

Tutorial Session with Professors
December 2, 2020 | 8:30 AM EST

At this Tutorial Session, you’ll learn all about the competition and how to prepare your business plan. If you wish to participate in the competition, you’ll then have until the deadline below to submit your Business Plan.

Deadline to Submit Your Business Plan
Before 8:00 AM EST on January 3, 2021

Once you submit your Business Plan, we’ll review your submission. If you are selected as one of the finalists, you’ll be invited to do a 5 minute pitch on your solution, live, to our panel of judges.

Live Pitch to Panel of Judges
January 27, 2021 | 8:30 AM EST

At the Live Pitch event, you’ll tell us all about your amazing idea, meet Huron’s President and have the chance to be selected as the First Place, Second Plan or Third Place Pitch!

PRIZES

First Place Pitch: $5,000 Scholarship
Second Place Pitch: $3,000 Scholarship
Third Place Pitch: $1,000 Scholarship

Students who present one of the Top 3 pitches could also be eligible for $3,000 in seed funding to help start their business as well as exclusive mentorship with Huron’s famous student & alumni entrepreneurs at our Career Development Centre!

Meet Your Professors

Jan Klakurka, MBA, C.Dir., CPA, CMC

Assistant Professor, Management and Organizational Studies at Huron

Jan’s research is directed toward the intersection of strategic planning, lucid foresight and futures studies for management. This focus includes interest in corporate sustainability impacts on profitability and green reporting; effectiveness of governance and organizational structure; shareholder value through ethical corporate development and organic growth models; and holistic implementation of corporate objectives.

His personal philosophy is to assist students in their quest for breadth and depth of understanding of management, analytical, career, and even life skills. Jan is obliged to stay abreast of the latest managerial, functional, and strategic thinking and research, bringing it to the classroom for students to discuss, challenge, and integrate.

A graduate of the Ivey Business School’s MBA program, Jan is also a Gold Medallist recipient of the Canadian Association of Management (CMC, Management Consulting). He has held leadership roles in Global Fortune 500 companies, including Senior Financial Analyst at General Motors and Manager of Strategy & Operations at Deloitte.

Vicki Sweeney, MBA, CPA, CMA

Professor, Management and Organizational Studies at Huron

Vicki has been teaching at Huron since 1997 and is known for her research expertise in Business Case Studies and highly engaging classroom environment. She has instructed various course in the Management and Organizational Studies at Huron but is most famous for Huron’s Business 2257 course which she has taught throughout her time at Huron. In this course, students learn various quantitative decision-making tools and complete an entrepreneurial feasibility study on a new business idea.  In the past, several projects have been implemented by her students and have developed into successful real-world businesses.  Vicki’s teaching aims to instill in students’ behaviours that will help them excel in the workplace: engagement, leadership, communication, and collaboration. She is a graduate of the Ivey Business School’s MBA program.

Richie Bloomfield, MBA

Lecturer, Management and Organizational Studies at Huron

Richie Bloomfield is passionate about post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, as well as improving the environmental and social sustainability of food production. He has taught both a second-year Accounting and Business Analysis course, as well as a first-year Introduction to Business for the past six years. In addition, he co-founded Urban Roots London in 2017, a non-profit urban farm that is addressing issues of food security. Recently he became the co-owner of Sidetrack: A Wortley Café where many of his passions intersect. Bloomfield recently completed his MBA at the Ivey Business School.

Learn more about some of our Alumni Entrepreneurs

Dave Nugent, B.A. Political Science Huron Class of 2008

Co-Founder of Wealthsimple – the FinTech 100 company that started as an idea at Huron and has revolutionized the way thousands of people around the world invest. This start-up recently achieved “Unicorn Status” and is now valued at more than $1 billion.

 

Ali Budd, B.A. Huron Class of 2004

President and Founder of Ali Budd Interiors – a Toronto-based, luxury, boutique design firm. Learn how her Huron education helped her prepare for a life of interior design and consulting, reshaping the way luxury clients think about their spaces.

 

Margaret Coons, B.A. Huron Class of 2012

Founder and CEO at Nuts for Cheese – started Canada’s first fairtrade, dairy-fee producer of Cheeses. Her products are now stocked at hundreds of grocery stores nation-wide and even exported globally into international markets.

Global Leader with Heart Challenge

The United Nations recently called on youth around the world to lead the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 global pandemic adds greater urgency to the global call for change agents who can successfully tackle the 21st century’s grand challenges of sustainability, justice, and inclusion.

Huron’s educational mission asks students to lead with their minds and their hearts. This competition invites students to identify a problem or crisis that their community presently faces, either locally globally, and to imagine a potential solution and how it might be brought to fruition.

 

Tutorial Session with Professors
November 28, 2020 | 8:30 AM EST

At this Tutorial Session, you’ll learn all about the competition and how to develop and address a local or global challenge. If you wish to participate in the competition, you’ll then have until the deadline below to submit your Challenge Solution

Deadline to Submit Your Challenge Solution
Before 8:00 AM EST on January 8, 2021

Once you submit your Challenge Solution, we’ll review your submission. If you are selected as one of the finalists, you’ll receive a Certificate of Commendation and be invited to do a 5-minute pitch on your solution, live, to our panel of judges.

Live Pitch to Panel of Judges
January 23, 2021 | 8:30 AM EST 

At the Live Pitch event, you’ll tell us all about your amazing idea, meet Huron’s President and have the chance to be selected as the First Place, Second Plan or Third Place Pitch!

PRIZES

First Place Pitch: $5,000 Scholarship
Second Place Pitch: $3,000 Scholarship
Third Place Pitch: $1,000 Scholarship

Students submitting one of the top 3 solutions will also be eligible for a $1,500 Huron Research Fellowship with one-on-one Professor mentorship to study their chosen problem in-depth and develop practical solutions to address it in the real world.

Meet Your Professors

Sara MacDonald, PhD

Professor, Political Science and Global Great Books at Huron

Sara MacDonald is an award-winning professor at Huron, known for a teaching style that promotes lively discussions through a blend of intellectual rigour, Socratic humility and a quirky sense of humour. Sara’s courses generally focus on the ways in which great works of philosophy and literature can help illuminate perennial themes and questions of human life. In addition to her teaching, Sara researches and writes about political philosophy, with an emphasis on ethics, freedom and human rights.

Neil Bradford, PhD

Professor, Political Science and Governance, Leadership & Ethics at Huron  

Dr. Neil Bradford is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) department at Huron. His research interests focus on place-based policy and multi-level governance and he has published widely in the areas of urban and community development, inter-governmental relations, and partnerships that address economic innovation and social inclusion goals. Alongside his students, Neil has launched the GLE Catalogue at Huron: an impressive collection of case studies of innovative, inclusive community-based problem-solving that is student-led from start to finish.

Please note: only international students who are currently in their final year of high school are eligible to register for these competitions.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN A COMPETITION

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Tutorial Sessions and am I required to attend it live?

The Tutorial Sessions are where you will learn everything you need to know about the competition: our Professors will showcase what they are looking for in your pitches, provide their tips, advice as well as a template you will need to follow for your submission to the competition. Our staff will also be available to talk about the prizes and answer any other questions you may have.

After you register your interest for the competitions by clicking on the button above, you will receive the Zoom link for the Tutorial Sessions by email.

Please note that attending the Tutorial Session for your competition is mandatory in order to participate in the competition. Once registered, we strongly encourage you to attend the Tutorial Session live as this will be your only opportunity to have a live interaction with the Professors and ask them any questions. If you register for a Tutorial Session, but cannot attend the Tutorial live, we can send you a recording of the Tutorial Session afterwards upon request.

After the Tutorial Session, to whom can I ask any questions about the competitions?

After the Tutorial Session, Professors will not be available for questions and advice about your submission or pitch. This is why it’s important to register for and attend the Tutorial Session live.

However, if you have any questions about the format of the competition or the prizes, please don’t hesitate to contact Alexandra Vargas at alex.vargas@huron.uwo.ca

Can I attend the Tutorial Sessions before deciding whether or not I wish to participate in the competition?

Of course! The Tutorial Sessions are designed to give you a helpful overview of what the competition will be all about, to decide which competition is most appealing to you.

After attending either of the Tutorial Sessions, if you wish to participate in the competition you must send us your submission before the respective deadline of each competition. If you do not wish to participate after attending the Tutorial Sessions, no action is needed.

I have not applied to Huron. May I still register in the competitions?

Of course! We welcome students who are eager to bring their ideas to the competitions, regardless of whether you have applied to Huron or not.

Can I register for both competitions?

No. You may only register for one of the two competitions above.

I don't have any business background in my high school classes. Can I still participate in the Innovators of Tomorrow Business Pitch competition?

Yes. Both competitions are open to students of all academic backgrounds, there are no subject prerequisites. In the Tutorial Sessions, our professors will teach you everything you need to do know to participate in the competition.

Will the scholarships only be given to students who decide to enrol at Huron?

Yes. If you win either of the competitions, your scholarship prize and funding/grant can only be used if you are accepted to a Huron program. The scholarships listed in these competitions will be issued to you in addition to any other scholarship(s) you are eligible for when you are admitted to Huron.

Will certificates only be given to students who win the competitions?

No. Participating in these competitions shows your dedication to pursuing your passions and spending the time it takes to get involved in an intellectually challenging extra-curricular activity - and we want to make sure you are recognized for your hard work, even if you don’t win!

Therefore, all students who participate in the competitions and make a submission will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

As well, all students selected as a finalist to proceed to the final “Live Pitch” round of the competitions will receive a special Certificate of Commendation, regardless of whether or not they win.

Can you tell me a bit more about the Seed Funding and Research Fellowship prizes?

For the Innovators of Tomorrow Business Pitch: If you are one of the Top 3 winners and choose to enrol at Huron, you will also be eligible for $3,000 in Seed Funding - which is money that helps covers some of the costs of starting your business if you choose to do so. This financing would be in the form of a grant, that you do not have to repay. Huron’s Career Development Centre offers all our students the opportunity to pursue Entrepreneurial Internships on campus, to help them start their own business. In order to receive this funding after you arrive at Huron, you will need to be accepted into the Entrepreneurial Internship program. Learn more about Huron’s Career Development Centre and Guaranteed Paid Internships program here: https://huronatwestern.ca/career-development/services/

For the Global Leader with Heart Challenge: If you are one of the Top 3 winners and choose to enrol at Huron, you'll be eligible for $1,500 in funding to put you in the driver’s seats of an independent research or community project based on your topic of choice —and provide you with 1-on-1 professor mentorship along the way. Learn more about the transformative opportunities you’ll get to experience as part of Huron’s Centre for Undergraduate Research Learning, and other eligibility requirements, here: https://www.huronresearch.ca/curl/

Can I register for the competition as a group with my classmates or friends?

No. In order to keep the competition fair among all participants, you may only participate in each competition as an individual.

Will the final pitch be presented live or recorded?

The final pitches in January will be presented live to our panel of judges.

Will my competition results affect my application to Huron?

The application process to Huron is entirely independent of this competition. If you are applying to Huron, you will need to meet regular academic admission requirements for the program you are applying to, in order to be admitted.

However, you may use your participation in this competition as an extra-curricular achievement when applying to any supplemental applications beyond the initial application! For example, your achievements in this competition could help strengthen your scholarship applications. To learn more about our scholarships, please visit: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international/

I’ve completed my submission and I’m ready to submit it – who do I send it to?

Great! All completed submissions must be sent by email before the posted deadlines to Alexandra Vargas at alex.vargas@huron.uwo.ca

Will I be able to manage participating in this competition with all my schoolwork going on?

We know you’re busy with schoolwork of senior year and other activities in your life. The length and rigour of the competitions were designed with this in mind, so you will be able to manage both. It’s also why you will be provided with over a month between the Tutorial Session and when you need to make your competition submission.

Above all, we want this to be a fun and exciting experience for you to apply your creative freedom to ideas you care about and learn some helpful skills along the way!

Where can I learn more about Huron and your programs?

Feel free to visit: https://huronatwestern.ca/future-students/international/ or contact a member of our team below!

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