Photo: Clockwise from left to right George Kelso, Kevin Blondin, (students); Sebastian DiPietro (Dragon), Rebecca Wright (Professor)’; Joe McParland (Dragon)
Entrepreneurship & Business Practices put to the Test
On April 20, 2018 Biz X magazine was invited by the Public Relations students at St. Clair College to judge them as they had the chance to “enter the den” in a “Dragons’ Den” style business exercise on April 20, 2018.
As part of a course called Entrepreneurship & Business Practices, students were required to come up with a business idea and map out the feasibility of it actually existing. They then had to pitch their business idea in “Dragons’ Den”- style presentations before an audience that included business professionals from Windsor-Essex.
“Dragons’ Den” is a Canadian TV show that features a panel of business investors (known as ‘dragons’) who hear from people who come on the show with business propositions in the hopes that their ideas will be interesting enough for one or more of the ‘dragons’ to back them and lend out investment funding.
Local business professionals Joe McParland, Biz X magazine writer, and Sebastian Di Pietro, owner of a local Shoppers Drug Mart, were the guest ‘dragons’ for the business presentations. For myself – representing Biz X magazine – this was my first experience as a ‘dragon’; DiPietro, however, is an experienced ‘dragon’ and returned for another year.
I found all the presentations very compelling, well researched and very much in keeping with the goals and aspirations of today’s young people. It was encouraging to see an emphasis by some of the students on the holistic health of man as some of their business ideas included healthy eating and nutrition, relaxation techniques and physical activity options.
St. Clair College Professor Rebecca Wright taught the entrepreneurship-focused course in the Public Relations program this semester.