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2019 Tigers’ Den a Roaring Success

March 8, 2019

​On March 7, LRSD's annual Tigers' Den roared into the Legacy Centre with 80 students, 35 businesses, and 12 teachers for a day of collaborative problem-solving, biz plan writing and multiple idea pitches.

Upon arrival, the students were mixed with others from the seven high schools in the division. After a series of ice breakers, they began the work of pitching 80 pre-conference ideas to one another to determine a single business product or service to serve as the focus for the day.

Mariette Mularie, CEO of the World Trade Centre in Winnipeg, offered a keynote about embracing entrepreneurial verve and passions, citing the extraordinary story of energy bar Gorp, from Niverville Manitoba, as an example of perseverance, teamwork, problem-solving, and business savvy.

The teams discussed many key aspects of a viable business idea – target markets, branding, marketing, e-commerce, accounting – and used a LEAN Business Model Canvas developed for high school students.

They were mentored at each table by a mentor from the business community who helped student refine ideas and focus on solving a true problem for a customer.

The final hour of the day was a frenzy of activity, with 132 pitches flying about the room, all with the hope of getting 30 Tiger-Judges to invest in their product. Students were scored on idea, presentation, cardboard prototype, and investment potential.

The winning team created a company called Plant-stic, a compostable single use bag eliminating plastic bags. 2nd place, Flare, was a wireless charger to keep cell phones from losing power. 3rd place went to Harmony, an eco solution to dryer balls and sheets.

Jennifer Bell was a Tiger from Neovation Learning Solutions. "Whether they will or won't become entrepreneurs they walk away with a greater understanding of business and what it takes to be successful, an insight that will certainly be valuable regardless of their career."

98% of the students recommended the event to other students supporting research about Gen Z's keen interest in entrepreneurship.

Collage of 5 images, people posing with stuffed tiger, brainstorming, building & presenting

Group shot of participants

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The division is seeking people to fill several positions in our ASPIRE program. The application deadline is April 2nd, 2019. For more details on these opportunities please visit the "Summer Program - ASPIRE" section of our Job Postings site: https://portal.lrsd.net/departments/hrp/Pages/Job-Postings.aspx

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