CALGARY – A Calgary business student receives a $ 10,000 award thanks to his pitch to bring climbing to the home office.
In the National Student Entrepreneurship Competition, 300 young men and women were nominated to win the grand prize of $ 10,000. It is the only national competition that focuses solely on full-time Canadian entrepreneurs for post-secondary students.
Finalist Logan Grasby is a 24-year-old Mount Royal University student who took his final exam a few weeks ago.
In the spring of 2020, Grasby started his own company called Quest Climbing.
“I was thinking of ways to build a climbing wall that was any size,” said Grasby. “Because in private households it depends a lot on the space you have available. This is where the modular climbing wall for private households comes from.”
He has been climbing since he was 14 and is now an instructor and trainer for young people learning the sport.
“I realized the impact it (climbing) can have on children’s lives,” said Grasby. “So I wanted to see if, as an entrepreneur, there was a way to improve that impact and bring climbing home.”
Grasby is one of 12 finalists in the competition hosted by Enactus Canada. It is a national charity dedicated to inspiring the next generation of young leaders.
“We’re really about promoting entrepreneurship,” said Nichole Almond, President of Enactus Canada. “We know that small businesses are at the core of Canada’s economy. We try to recognize, reward and motivate students who really do so in school.”
The 12 finalists represent a variety of backgrounds, all with an ambition to start their own business.
“We have some nice tech startups, some food companies, some leisure companies like Logan,” Almond said. “Just some nice things around the country and I’m really excited to see your presentations in front of the judges next week.”
On May 12th, the finalists will present their business ideas to a jury via the virtual Enactus Canada National Exposition. According to Almond, the students face different challenges that are unique to them.
“A normal business owner, a grown-up business owner who does this full-time job doesn’t understand this very well. I try to deal with customer issues, but I also have an exam tomorrow morning or a job due Friday or one Class at 8 am, “said Mandel.
“That’s for sure!” said Grasby. “I don’t know if I would really recommend it after looking through it.”
Grasby won $ 25,000 last year through the Launch Pad Award from the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University, which allowed him to start his business.
“There are so many options that I think most students don’t know about,” said Grasby. “But once you join this network, you will find that there are so many opportunities for funding, advice and mentoring that it is definitely not being used adequately.”
Grasby always thinks ahead for its business and has some adult exercise equipment and surveillance in mind. He says winning the $ 10,000 grand prize would help.
Find out more about Quest Climbing and Enactus here: www.questclimbing.ca, www.enactus.ca