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Over $20,000 in start-up cash awarded to student entrepreneurs at MHC’s pitch competition

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May 28, 2019
 

Three student entrepreneurs can take the next step in their business, thanks to a partnership between Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) and RBC.

Over $20,000 in start-up funding was awarded to the following entrepreneurs at MHC’s Start Up Company Pitch Competition on Friday.

Martyn Clift’s company, That’z a Wrap, provides vinyl wrapping for architectural surfaces found in both residential and commercial structures. Clift received the full $10,000 from RBC and $500 from the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce for Best Pitch.

Kenton Irvine-Peters from Rustic Supplies Co. received $7,000 from RBC and an additional $1,000 from the Medicine Hat Brewing Company for the Community Impact Award. Irvine-Peters’ business provides contractors, home renovators, and builders access to repurposed materials.

James DuToit with James DuToit Clothing was awarded $4,000 for his fashion-line of upcycled, preloved denim.

All entrepreneurs also received a one-year starter membership from the Chamber of Commerce.

For Clift, the financial support will enable him to get trained by his supplier Belbien and purchase proper tooling for his installation practice. He is thankful to the EDC, in particular Christie Wilson, entrepreneur outreach coordinator for helping to make this happen.

“Christie has been an absolute mentor from the beginning and has helped me build my connections with all of these different people including Todd O’Reily from RBC,” says Clift. “They have helped me build my business plan and get a sense of what it actually takes to run a company. Without their support I would be nowhere close to where I am today.”

Wilson mentions that she is proud of how well the entrepreneurs did.

“They all worked really hard and came a long way from the first meetings we had. It was exciting to see them all rewarded for their efforts, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in-store for them.”

Following the pitch presentations, the audience had the opportunity to hear from two unique local start-ups. Roxanne Doerksen, EDC alumna and founder of TRAD Worm Industries, shared her success story in vermiculture and a group of grade 12 students from Medicine Hat High School presented their new venture, EcoScan, an app that educates users about recycling and gives back to the environment.

For more information on the EDC’s annual pitch competition or to learn about entrepreneurship at MHC, visit www.mhc.ab.ca.