Con­test en­cour­ages youth to dis­cover en­trepreneur­ship

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A con­test called iDis­cover that was launched late last month at Mount Pearl Se­nior High aims to cre­ate more aware­ness among youth about op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with en­trepreneur­ship.

The iDis­cover con­test is a part­ner­ship of the pro­vin­cial government’s Get­ting the Mes­sage Out (GMO) pro­gram and the Of­fice of Pub­lic En­gage­ment.

It en­cour­ages youth to pro­file, in their own way, in any medium, an en­tre­pre­neur in their com­mu­nity or re­gion. Three win­ning en­tries will be se­lected and the prizes are: an iMac for first place, an iPad2 for sec­ond place, and an iPod Touch for third place.

The con­test is an en­hanced ver­sion of the GMO Case Study Com­pe­ti­tion, which was launched in 2008. The con­test closes March 22. “Con­nect­ing youth with some of our province’s passionate en­trepreneurs will pro­vide them with valu­able in­sight into the pos­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist here in New­found­land and Labrador,” said Keith Hutch­ings, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment.

“This con­test is one of the many ve­hi­cles the pro­vin­cial government has devel­oped to in­spire, en­cour­age and ed­u­cate youth about en­trepreneur­ship. I en­cour­age all high school stu­dents to make a submission and dis­cover the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions en­trepreneurs make to their com­mu­ni­ties, re­gions, and province.”

Added Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man: “Ini­tia­tives like the iDis­cover con­test sup­port the so­cial stud­ies, eco­nomic ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer devel­op­ment cur­ricu­lum in our schools by al­low­ing stu­dents to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­no­va­tion and eco­nomic growth in the world around them.

“With the pos­i­tive im­pact small and medium-sized busi­nesses have on our pro­vin­cial econ­omy, it is im­por­tant our stu­dents de­velop strong en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills, as they will be our fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers.”

Changes to the GMO pro­gram were also high­lighted at last month’s event, in­clud­ing a re­vamped web­site and new re­source ma­te­ri­als for the Ca­reer Devel­op­ment 2201 and En­trepreneur­ship 3209 cour­ses.

Devel­oped in co-op­er­a­tion with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, the new class- room kit and text­book are a col­lec­tion of case stud­ies high­light­ing the sto­ries of suc­cess­ful lo­cal en­trepreneurs, de­signed to en­gage stu­dents in a dis­cus­sion of en­trepreneur­ship, while meet­ing cur­ricu­lum guide­lines for both cour­ses.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the con­test and the GMO pro­gram, visit www.gmo.nl.ca.

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