Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada

YOU Innovate Canada 2012


Do you ever wonder how great ideas come about? What was the trigger, the spark or the tipping point that took something ordinary and made it extraordinary?

Now’s YOUR chance to find out. The YOU Innovate Canada tournament will show you that the spark of a great business idea simply comes from looking at an ordinary thing in an extraordinary way, an entrepreneurial way.
For the second year, this national tournament will be held in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week Canada (GEW Canada) to provide an opportunity for every Canadian over 16 years to engage with, connect to and see the value of entrepreneurship in their lives.
In 2011, using the coffee cup as the ordinary everyday object, participants demonstrated that we all define value in different ways. Over 100 videos were submitted showing that for some, value is monetary, for others it is environmental, and others yet, it was creating art or putting a smile on someone’s face!
Click here to check out some of the 2011 video submissions.
This September, Canadians will be asked to turn their minds to creating new value out of a new ordinary everyday object. YOU Innovate Canada participants will use that object as the raw material to create a new innovation, define its value and submit a brief video about their innovation for the chance to receive exciting prizes!
Check back in August for full participant details!
Want us to notify you when the YOU Innovate Canada mystery object is announced?
Enter your contact information here!
 Are you an educator? Here’s how you can get involved!
We are offering useful resources to help you use the tournament to teach high school and post-secondary students about innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and value. Students who produce a video as part of your course can then submit their video for the national tournament.
We encourage educators across Canada to incorporate the YOU Innovate Canada tournament into their lesson plans for the fall of 2012. For more information, click here.

NowEducators incorporate YOU Innovate Canada into their lesson plans for the fall of 2012
September 13YOU Innovate Canada registrations open! Get started early by registering your team. You’ll be notified by email once the top secret object is announced.
September 27CYBF announces the top secret, everyday household object – GET INNOVATIVE!
September 27 to October 15YOU Innovate Canada is integrated into classrooms across Canada and/or students are encouraged to participate on their own. Applications will be accepted from individuals and teams across Canada.
October 15Last day for YOU Innovate Canada video submissions (11:59 p.m. EST)
October 22Vote for your favourite video! Public voting starts at 12:01 a.m.
October 26Public voting ends at 11:59 p.m.
October 31 to November 7Judging by our expert panel.
November 12 to 18

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