OC stu­dents set to pitch in so­cial change com­pe­ti­tion

Au­di­ence to vote on pre­sen­ta­tions by 6 fi­nal­ists in event

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

Okana­gan Col­lege busi­ness stu­dents will take to the stage this week to put their so­cial ini­tia­tives to the test in the Okana­gan’s most pop­u­lar so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal change pitch com­pe­ti­tion.

Mem­bers of the col­lege’s En­ac­tus team are fi­nal­ists in Okana­gan Change­mak­ers’ ChangeUP con­test on Thurs­day at the Kelowna Com­mu­nity Theatre. The bian­nual com­pe­ti­tion, now in its third year, sees six fi­nal­ists present their ideas for tack­ling some of the com­mu­nity’s most dif­fi­cult so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges for prize money and men­tor­ship. En­ac­tus OC is vy­ing for the top pitch against Volin­spire, Start Fresh, Hope for the Na­tions, Ju­nior Achieve­ment and Change Gamers.

The com­pe­ti­tion takes place be­fore a live au­di­ence, which votes on who they think should win. The pub­lic is in­vited to pur­chase tick­ets and take part.

In ad­di­tion to the pitch por­tion of the evening, key­note speaker Mu­rad Al-Katib, the Ernst & Young Global En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, Oslo Busi­ness for Peace award win­ner and founder of AGT Foods and In­gre­di­ents in Saskatchewan, will share his story about his work with Syr­ian refugees.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Kelowna Com­mu­nity Theatre. Tick­ets are avail­able at okana­ganchange­mak­ers.com.

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