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Young Innovator Boot Camp showcases entrepreneurial ideas for the Year 3000

Young Innovator Boot Camp showcases entrepreneurial ideas for the Year 3000

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Students from across the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) took their creative talents to new heights in an intensive five-day Young Innovator Boot Camp offered recently at Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy (SHEA).

The camp was led by staff from the University of Toronto’s i2H (Ideas Hatchery). Guided by mentors from i2H, students utilized a real-world application of the entrepreneurial mindset. Working in teams, they sought to solve challenges of the next millennium, creating original business solutions. At the end of the week-long project, teams presented their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs in a pitch battle as they competed for a $1000 top prize.

The Nanobots team, featuring students Takhwa A, Suad H, and Liviu A from SHEA, Spencer S from Forest Hill CI and Fahimul T from RH King Academy, came out on top after all the ideas were evaluated by the expert panel. Their winning idea focussed on health care in the Year 3000 and offered a vision for a product that monitors a person’s health, identifies threats, and administers appropriate medication. The team envisioned working with top scientists and medical professionals to develop the product.

"People don’t always have time to worry about their health,” they summarized. “Nanobots seek out harmful bodies and exterminate them if possible and gives you day-to-day updates on your health through a monitoring service."

All participating students learned how to present effectively and, most importantly, how to work together collaboratively and cooperatively, a skill that will be utilized in a variety of ways as they move on through high school to post-secondary opportunities. “We learned how to listen to one another and how to respect ideas,” said Edris F.

Liviu A from the winning Nanobots team was surprised with how quickly their idea developed and attributed that to teamwork. “We all worked as one and put our ideas together,” he said. Teammate Takhwa A agreed and added that “every idea is a good idea” when working collaboratively.

SHEA Principal Rizwana Jafri said that the project also provided students with an understanding of, and access to, resources in Toronto’s current start-up eco-system. “It is widely recognized that an entrepreneurial, innovative mindset will be the key to future success for our youth,” said Jafri. “We were pleased to fuel the spark of student creativity and connect them to mentors who could guide them to make their ideas a reality.”

The project was developed in partnership with the City of Toronto and supported by funding from the Youth Entrepreneurship Partnership Program offered by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

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